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Griha Pravesh or House Warming Puja
Griha pravesh, literally means, entering into a shelter/home, it could be newly constructed home (Apoorva), old home which is bought (Sapoorva), just newly rented home or renovated home (Dwandwah). Our customs say that we purify the place before we enter or start living. Detailed rituals/procedure in our ancient texts include:
- Ganapathi home/puja
- Gau puja
- Vaastu Puja, Navagraha Puja
- Satya Narayana Puja… etc.
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The significance of Griha Pravesh Ritual
Griha pravesh, literally means, entering into a shelter/home, it could be newly constructed home (Apoorva), old home which is bought (Sapoorva), just newly rented home or renovated home (Dwandwah). Our customs say that we purify the place before we enter or start living.
Buying a buy house or entering a new house is regarded as a big milestone in every person’s life which demands the auspicious blessings of Lord Ganesha popularly known as Vignaharta (the remover of all obstacles).
In order to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha, Griha Pravesh Puja is held. The dates of Griha Pravesh Puja vary depending upon what kind of house you are entering. Griha Pravesh is usually categorized into three sections namely:
Apoorva- Approva is meant for a family entering a newly constructed house built from scratch. The dates for Apporva Griha Pravesh are selected depending on the time frame when the sun is in the Uttaranayan position.
Sapoorva- Sapoorva Griha pravesh is performed by a family while entering a house that was previously owned by someone else. Usually this puja is done following a long period of travel or absence.
Dwandwah- Dwadwah Griha pravesh is meant for people entering a house after a major reconstruction or renovation following some natural calamity or damage. Dwandwah Griha Pravesh is held at a time when the Jupiter or Saturn is setting as per the lunar calendar.
As per Lunar calendar tithes like 4, 9 and 14 are not considered auspicious. A no moon night or Amavas is also considered to be unholy by most Hindus and all major pujas done by the domestic household do not take place on a no-moon night. All days of the week, except Tuesday are considered auspicious for a Griha Pravesh Puja.
Usually the first four months of the English calendar known as Magh, Phalgun, Baishak and Jaistha are regarded as auspicious months for Griha pravesh as they ensure prosperity and well being in terms of wealth, health and children.
Importance of Griha Pravesh Puja
It is commonly believed that when you believe in Gods, you got to recognize the existence of ghosts and spirits. Most often these sprits are considered to be evil, who usually can wreck havoc on life and property. The main aim of a griha pravesh or griha shanti puja is to purify your surrounding and home from the evil effects of spirits.
A house is regarded as one of the most precious belongings for an individual. Often it becomes an object of people’s jealousy which is considered bad for the overall peace of the house. When the host seeks the blessings of Lord Ganesha, he also ensures that Ganesha would safeguard his property from all types of evil people and their intensions.
Performing a Griha Pravesh Puja requires several items and each of them has a special significance not only in religion, but also on the environment and the human body. Typically a yagna is performed to purify the surrounding and a coconut is broken and the holy water is sprinkled all around the house. Conch shells are blown and camphor lamps are lit. All these things have a purifying effect on the air water and environment of the house.
According to ancient scriptures failing to perform a Griha Pravesh Puja, before entering a new house or not abiding by the customs can bring in severe bad luck for the family. Once the puja is completed the family should reside there for a min of 3 days and keep the house well lit to ensure that no evil vibration is able to enter the house.
Do’s And Don’ts Of Griha Pravesh
Griha pravesh is a very important ritual as per the scriptures, which is usually undertaken to ensure that the house remain free from the all kind of negative energy. It is also done to seek the blessings of the God’s so that they can watch over the house and bless it with good fortune and protect it from the intentions of evil doers. Griha Pravesh Puja is an elaborate affair including Vastu Puja and Ganesh homa.
Here is a complete of dos and don’ts which you should keep in mind before going forward with the Griha Pravesh Puja
* Before you start your griha pravesh make sure that the house is complete with the roof, doors and windows.
* Do not shift any furniture inside the house except for the gas stove unless the Vastu Puja is completed
* Before you enter the house break a coconut, which signifies the removal of the obstacles.
* While entering the house always put your right foot first which is a sign of prosperity.
* The idols should be placed in the east facing direction of the house
* Milk should be boiled which again is a sign of prosperity and conch shells should be blown to ward off evil spirits.
* The house should not be left empty for at least three days after the puja is done, failing which would nullify the effects of the puja
* If the lady of the house is pregnant or a death has taken place recently in the family, then do not hold the puja.
* Do not forget to offer the priest with enough gifts and food items (Dakshina).
* Sprinkle the holy water from the kalash with the help of the mango leaves to make your entire house purified.
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