Griha Pravesh is a
ceremony performed on the occasion of one’s first entry into
a new house. Once the house is ready, the family moves in on an
auspicious day that is determined by the astrological charts. Purity
of panchang (almanac) and auspicious time (muhurat) must be considered
during the griha pravesh. Three types of griha pravesh have been
mentioned in our ancient scriptures:
Apoorva: First entry
to newly constructed house on a newly selected land is called apoorva
(new) griha pravesh.
Sapoorva: Entry into
an already existing house after travelling abroad or migration elsewhere
is called sapoorva griha pravesh.
Dwandwah: Entry into
a house to after reconstruction or renovation subsequent to damage
due to fire, flood or earthquake, is termed as dwandwah (old) griha
For apoorva griha pravesh, the exact
auspicious time need to be adhered to. For sapoorva griha pravesh
or dwandwah griha pravesh, the purity of the panchang should be
given due consideration.
Auspicious Times or Muhurats
In a newly built house, the first
entry is auspicious when the sun is in the uttarayan position; in
old, renovated houses, when Guru (Jupiter) or Shukra (Venus) is
setting (the tara or star does not matter in this case). Auspicious
months for griha pravesh, that are based on the lunar calendar,
and their outcome have been provided below:
Magh (part January and part February) Gain of wealth
Falgun (part February and part March) Gain of children and wealth
Baishak (part April and part May) Growth of wealth and prosperity
Jeshtha (part May and part June) Gain of son and cattle
Kartik (part October and part November) No significant effect
Margshirsh (part November and part December)
Ashadh (part June and part July) Could lead to losses, pains, troubles
and fear of enemies
Bhadrapad (part August and part September)
Ashwin (part September and part October)
Paush (part December and part January)
Furthermore, the tithies (dates according
to lunar calender) 4, 9, 14 and Amavas (no moon night) should be
avoided. Griha pravesh should not be held on a Tuesday.
Vastu pooja :-
Vastu pooja for vastu devata is performed outside the house
before the actual entry into the house. A copper pot is filled with
water, navadhanya (nine kinds of grains) and one rupee coin. A coconut
is then placed on the top of the pot. Coconut is covered with the
red cloth and tied with the red thread called moli. After this the
priest performs the pooja, add the husband and wife take this copper
pot in the house together and place it near the havan (ceremonial
Vastu Shanti :-
Vastu shanti or Griha shanti, involves the havan. A havan
is performed to prevent harmful influences of the planets, remove
negative vibrations and create a peaceful environment. Once all
the poojas are concluded, a feast is offered to the priest. He is
also given some dakshina or fees for his services and good wishes.
These two poojas are essential. Other
poojas like the Ganpathi pooja, the Satyanarayan pooja ot the Lakshmi
pooja are optional, and can be performed if priest recommends them.
Do’s and Don’ts of Griha
Griha pravesh is not complete
The doors of the house are fitted
The roof is covered;
The Gods of vastu have been worshipped or offered sacrifices;
The priests have been offered feast.
House-warming ceremony should not be performed when the lady of
the house is pregnant.
If the above-mentioned points are
not considered when moving into a new house, they can bring trouble
and miseries to the dwellers. Therefore, living in a house should
be considered only after all rituals are complete as per the procedure
given in the scriptures.
Once the griha pravesh ceremony has
been completed, the family can then move into the house. The house
should not be locked for a few days since that would be considered