Griha Pravesh or House warming is a puja that is performed before entering a new house for the first time. Puja is an act of worshiping a God or deity for getting into the path of peace and happiness. It is considered important for the entire family members to perform Griha Pravesh puja, as it welcomes auspicious and divine blessings to new premises. It tends to bring happiness and welfare not only to the place but also to the whole family.
Griha means house, Pravesh means an entry in Sanskrit. Griha Pravesh Puja is a house-entry puja. Once the resident is ready to move into the new house, the family does puja on an auspicious day. The date and time are determined through astrological charts by a Hindu priest or Vedic Astrologer. Vasanta Panchami, Akshaya Tritiya, Gudi Padwa, Dussehra, etc. days are considered favorable. While, Holi, Adhikmas, Uttarayana, Shraddha Paksha, etc days are avoided. Griha Pravesh on Dussehra does not need an auspicious time. As every moment of that day is considered favorable Muhurats.
Types of Griha Pravesh Puja
There are three types of Griha Pravesh Puja.
- Apoorva – when one enters a new house for the first time is called Apoorva Griha Pravesh.
- Sapoorva- entering the existing house is Sapoorva Griha Pravesh. Individuals enter the house after arriving from abroad or after migration from elsewhere.
- Dwandwah-entering in a reconstructed or renovated house is Dwandwah Griha Pravesh. Reconstruction work in homes after uncertain calamities. They may fire, landslide, flood, earthquake, etc.
In the Griha Pravesh Puja, with the help of a Hindu priest, the deity is worshipped before moving into a new home. It wards off any negative energies and brings happiness and prosperity.
Griha Pravesh Puja comprises of several rituals –
Dwar puja, kitchen Puja, Ganapati Puja, Punyahavacha, Varun Puja, Matrika Puja, Navagraha Puja, Kul Devi Puja, Vastu Puja, Havan, Purnahuti, etc. As per Vastu, a house is made up of five elements: the sun, the earth, water, fire, and wind. The proper alignment of these elements brings happiness and prosperity to a house.
Auspicious and Inauspicious Months
Performing Griha Pravesh on a specific month gives more benefits to the people. Magh, Falgun, Jestha, and Baishakh are the best months for Griha Pravesh. Months of chaturmas i.e Ashad, Shrawan, Bhadra, and Ashwin are considered inauspicious months. Other than these months, the month of Poush is also considered inauspicious for Griha Pravesh. So, a housewarming ceremony is prohibited during these months, as it is a period of sleeping and resting of all gods and goddesses. Shifting into a new house during these months with result in losses, health issues, and many more troubles.
Auspicious and Inauspicious Days
Griha Pravesh can be done on all other days of the week except Tuesday. However, in certain exceptional conditions, it is prohibited to enter a new home on Sundays and Saturdays. Dwitiya, Tritiya, Panchami, Saptami, Dashami, Ekadashi, Dwadashi, and Trayodashi of Shukla Paksha are considered auspicious for Griha Pravesh ceremony, except Amavasya and Purnima. Hence, one should consult the Guru or Priest for Griha Pravesh. So that an individual can ensure everything goes well in the future.
Importance of Griha Pravesh Puja
Having a house is a matter of great happiness for everyone. The new house is a source of new hopes and spirits for the owner. The Griha Pravesh Puja is performed on the occasion of buying a new house or after the reconstruction. It is one of the most valued moments in one’s life. It is performed once and such ceremony brings good fortune. It is performed to ensure peace and harmony in the House. It holds both scientific and spiritual value for every Hindu believer and follower. Performing Griha Pravesh puja imparts the following benefits.
- It’s a special puja performed to drive away all evil forces.
- It cleanses the house and allows the family to start a new beginning with peaceful and positive energy.
- It removes and reduces the ill effects of the bad Vastu.
- It provides both inner and mental peace to the residing family members.
- It welcomes good luck and fortune in the house.
- It provides spiritual harmony to all family members.