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How to perform Griha Pravesh Pooja

The auspicious event of entering a new house is called Griha Pravesh in Hindu Tradition. Sacred Vedic texts lay great importance on conducting a ceremony before starting to live a life in the house that is newly built.

Vaastu Shastra mentions that the house remains fit to reside and conduct ceremony only when the doors are fitted well, the roof is covered and the house is protected with walls and the vaastu deities are propitiated in a due manner.


Fixing of Muhurtam or auspicious time

After the house is complete, muhurtam or an auspicious time is fixed to enter into the house based on astrological calculations. Highly favorable months to move into a new house are: Magha month (January-February) for wealth gain, Phalguna month (February-March) for good children and accumulation of wealth, Baisakh month (April-May) for growth of wealth and prosperity, Jyeshta month (May-June) for birth of son and owning cattle or luxuries.

Decorating the house

The doors are decorated with mango leaves and fresh flowers. Banana stems are also tied to the poles for ushering in prosperity. Rangolis of rice flour are drawn at the entrance and at the doorway for decorative purposes.

Performing Vaastu Pooja

  • This pooja is done before entering a new house. It is done to please the Vaastu deity with the help of a Brahmin priest. Chants are recited to invoke Vaastu Devata`s blessings for peace and negation of all evil energies like jealousy and ill will of others.
  • Vaastu Deity is appeased outside the house with a breaking of ash gourd by the man of the house and this is left at the entrance at the two sides of the threshold of the house. The lady breaks a coconut and this is also placed on the threshold.
  • Then kalash pooja is done to a copper pot or kalash. The pot is filled with water, nine types of grains or navadhanya, and a coin. A coconut is tied around with a red cloth and placed on the kalash with mango leaves placed at the sides of the kalash. The priest does pooja to this pot with recitation of sacred mantras.
  • Both the husband and wife carry this pot inside the house and place it near the ceremonial fire place or havan.
  • At the time of traditional entry, a cow and a calf are let in first before the family members enter for auspicious energies and to welcome prosperity into their households.

Fire ritual

Homas are performed during house warming ceremonies to remove the three sins incurred while building a new house. Digging of earth, cutting of trees and breaking of stones – three doshas incur when this happens. To nullify the bad effects, homas are done to deities for their blessings of protection and purification.

A homa is performed to invoke Lord Ganesha and to appease the nine planets or navagrahas to remove evil energies from the atmosphere and to purify the household. Both husband and wife along with other family members sit around the fire and the priest chants the sacred mantras.

Homas are also done to propitiate Goddess Lakshmi for abundance and prosperity and for overall well-being.

Boiling of milk

After the homa, the lady of the house boils the milk and the milk should boil and spill over to usher in abundance. The milk is boiled at an auspicious time and offered first to the family deity or Kula devata. It is then distributed to all those present in the ceremony.

Serving of food

The priests should be well fed and a sumptuous meal should be served to all. The members should stay overnight in the house and they should not lock the house at any cost. Lamp should be kept burning to attract spiritual energies and for divine protection.

Days to avoid Griha Pravesh

Tuesdays, New Moon days, first day of the Tamil month, tithis or the moon`s phases of 4,9,14 are to be avoided for Griha Pravesh ceremonies. It is also avoided, when a lady of the house is expecting a child.


  1. i want to ask that we purchased a house under construction..now it it completed..we are living another city currently..we want to give it for rent..we are not living there..so which type of Shuddi or puja nd pujan vidhi
    we can do there before giving it on rent..plz rply soon

  2. Namaste,

    You have to perform Ganesh Homa, Lakshmi Homa and Navagraha shanthi Homa and leave the house for rent, as that is good for both the owner and tenant.

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  3. Pranam Panditji,

    Could you tell some auspicious muhuratam (date and time) for Griha Pravesh in March 2017? We are in Olathe, USA.


  4. Namaste,

    April 9th, 2017 and May 29th are the Auspicious days, you can perform the Grahapravesam Pooja between 4.30 AM to 6.30 AM as per your location.

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  5. hello sir
    we want to do greha prevesh to our new appartment. Can my parents -in-law sit to perform the puja? but me and my hubby only will be living in the new house. my in-laws live in another place.

  6. Namaste,

    Yes, the Elderly persons of the family such as parents and inlwas can sit for sankalpa,doing a Pooja between 4.30 AM to 6.30 AM. Others name and Nakshatra can be added with special prayers and sankalpa.

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  7. You can perform griha pravesh puja for the new welcome home by yourself.

  8. Namaste,

    April 9th, 2017 is an Auspicious day, you can enter on this day doing a Pooja between 4.30 AM to 6.30 AM.

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  9. Sir,
    The house is in the name of B Sumalatha followed by my name. We are planning for griha Pradesh in the month of May 2017, so pls suggest suitable dates for the occasion. Our DOB 14 Sep 83 (Sumalatha),03 Jan 83 (Sridhar Kumar).

  10. Namaste,

    May 29th, 2017 is an Auspicious day, you can perform the Grahapravesam Pooja between 4.30 AM to 6.30 AM.

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  11. Hi,
    Can we enter our new house during the forthcoming Navratri commencing from 28th March, 2017.

  12. Namaste,

    April 9th, 2017 is an Auspicious day, you can enter on this day doing a Pooja between 4.30 AM to 6.30 AM.

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  13. Namaste!

    We purchased a flat in Panvel (Maharashtra) & wish to do grih pravesh pooja in April. We have following queries:-

    1) Shubh mahurat (i.e., date & time) in April 2017.

    2) 2 unmarried brothers jointly purchased aforementioned flat in their name. Who should sit in the pooja? And if one brother is out of time then, can both the parents (mummy-papa) do grih pravesh pooja?

    3) I heard that an image of vastu devta should be placed upside inside the flat. Should we follow this?

    Kindly guide us. Thank you.

  14. Namaste,

    April 9th and 11th are the auspicious days, perform @ 4.30 AM to 6.30 AM.

    Usually the eldest persons can sit in the pooja and their sons can do the sankalpa adding their Gothra and Nakshatra.

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  15. Hello sir,
    I am planning to do vastu puja in November 2017. I am also planning for marriage of my daughter in December 2017. Some pundit said that it can not be done in same one year and some said that it can be done. There is no harm in doing both in same year. Please guide me for this .


  16. Namaste,

    As you said, There is no harm in doing both in same year, as they are auspicious occasion only.

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  17. Jsk! Can we put kalash in a new home after 12 noon?

  18. Namaste,

    Please do it during Brahma Muhurtha (4.30 to 6.30 AM).

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  19. Is it wrong to put kalash in a new home after 12.00 noon?

  20. Namaste,

    Please do it during Brahma Muhurtha (4.30 to 6.30 AM).

  21. Dear Sir
    Kind request for clarification – Is it is correct that After Vastu bali [ shanthi ] or Rakshoghna homa the husband and wife [ owners ] should not be stayed in new house – till Griha praveshma of next day : Please cleare the Doubt

    Further, Ganesha Homa and Navagraha Homa or in previous day night i.e., at the time of vaastu shanthi(bali) or next day morning after griha praveshm :

    Please give information.


  22. Dear Ganesh,

    After performing the Grahapravesam (Ganesha Homa, Lakshmi Kubera Homa and Navagraha Homa) rituals, you can stay at the New House.

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  23. Sir

    Confusion with respect to stay in new house previous day of griha pravesha – that is after completion vaastu shanthi homa –
    Kindly clarify :


  24. Yes, you can stay on the previous day performing the Vaasthu pooja, and on the grahapravesam day, Compulsory to stay in the New House.

  25. Hi Sir,
    Looking for Griha Pravesh in this month(April) for my Flat in Bangalore. Please suggest & guide us on the following.
    1. Date & Time of Griha Pravesh Pooja.
    2. Types of Pooja’s to be performed(compulsory)
    3. What all other things i should consider / avoid / do in Griha Pravesh.

  26. Dear Solanki,

    1st May will be the auspiocious day to perform grahapravesh morning @ 4.30 AM to 7 AM.

    Ganesh Hpma, Lakshmi Homa and Navagraha Homa should be done.

    Avoid taking Non veg food.

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