Griha Pravesh (or House Warming) Puja
A Griha Pravesh (or House Warming) ceremony is performed, when one enters a new home for the first time. It is important, not just for the owner but also for the entire family.
Griha Pravesh is seen as a holistic occasion to keep away the evil forces from your household. So as your home becomes ready to occupy, select an auspicious mahurat on which you and your family can conduct the house warming ceremony.
It is advisable to consult your Guruji for suitable Graha–Nakshatra before proceeding with the ceremony.
Having our own house is the dream of everyone’s life. when we go to a new house, we enter with the hope that happiness, peace and prosperity will always remain in the house. This is called worship of home entry. House entry ceremony is done for the purification of the house and for the sake of peace.
There is a common belief that there should be no bad omens during the griha pravesh and hence, people take precautions like scheduling the ceremony during a ‘Shubha mahurat’ and performing rituals like a puja, havan, etc., with the help of a pandit.
Moreover, after the griha pravesh, the home should not be left vacant and at least one person must live in it. So, ensure that home is complete in all aspects, before you enter your new home.
In the new house, we enter with new hopes and dreams. In such a way, worship and havan are very important. There is a belief among Hindus that before entering the house, worshiping and havan brings happiness in the house and God resides. At times, it happens that Vastu is not given too much attention while making the house, in such a way, all these things are purified during worship.
Griha Pravesh in Ashwin is considered inauspicious. Avoid shifting to your new home during this period as it could bring losses, health issues and troubles. However, house-warming during Navratri is considered auspicious. Consult your Guruji for this.
Griha Pravesh Pooja Vidhi
Home that is well-decorated, invites positive energy and removes negativity from the environment. Hence, ensure that your home is properly decorated, well-lit and ventilated with a fresh aroma in the air, on the day you perform the griha pravesh.
For the grihpravesh, the following rituals are very important .
A copper pot is filled with water and nine types of grains and a coin are placed in it. A coconut is placed on the pot and lady owner enters the house with it, accompanied by the chanting of mantras by a priest.
The main door, which is the entry point for prosperity and good vibes into the house, has to be decorated with auspicious symbols like a swastika and Laxmi feet, drawn on the threshold. A toran, which is made of fresh mango leaves and marigold flowers, should be hung on the doorway. The temple in the house should be in the North-East zone and should be fixed on day of the house warming.
Usually, a havan is conducted, to purify the space cleanse it of negative forces. A Ganesh puja, Navagraha Shanti, which means worship of the nine planets and a Vastu puja, are generally performed.
For Agnipuja, we should offer Haldi kumkum to Gas stove and cook some sweet dish for Prasad, boiling milk in a new vessel as a sign of prosperity.
We pray to Goddess Annapurna with folded hands & chant
भिक्षां देहि च पार्वति ॥ ११॥
Oh! Parvati! Annapurna! always full, the dear consort of Sankara, grant us alms for the sake of securing knowledge and detachment.
One should also serve food to the Brahmins or guruji and family and friends, who are invited on this day. Once the house warming ceremony has been performed, the owners can then move into the new house. 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.