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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.

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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.

 

204 Comments
  1. Namaste Guruji,
    I live in US, we recently bought a new house and we are supposed to move to our new house by the end of Jan. Could you please suggest an auspicious day between Dec 29 2017 to till Jan 29 2018. Your help is highly appreciated, thanks.

  2. JANUARY 22nd is Very Good to move to the New Home.

  3. Sir,

    Is 6.00 to 7.30am is auspicious time to perform grihapravesam on 22.01.2018, Monday.

  4. YES, BEFORE 7.30 AM, ON MONDAYS YOU CAN COMPLETE THE RITUALS, as RAHUKALAM STARTS FROM 7.30 AM TO 9 AM.

  5. hi sir/madam,
    we are planning to buy third house all are apartments.did grihapravesam for prev 2 houses.this time we dont want to do it in grand way i mean not to intimate relatives etc.can we perofrm puja in simple way without homam is der any effects for dat.
    only me and my husband can perform ?
    please reply i am in confusion ..

  6. Dear Padmaja,

    Even you buy 10 houses, Gruhapravesam is a MUST, as to remove the negative energies from all the stones of the building/raw materials used, thoughts OR negative energies build by the workers etc.

    To keep the positive energy in the New build house, please perform the House warming.

    Thanks,

    With Kind Regards,
    Astroved member support.

  7. When is the auspicious day for gruhapravesham after 15th January 2018 . People are saying from Nov 28 2017 to Feb 19 2018 there is sukra moodam. Is it good for gruhapravesham in sukra moodam period.

  8. 22nd January is Very Auspicious day to perform the house warming.

  9. I have purchased a new flat and wish to perform Grihapravesham in Jan or Feb 2018. I have the following questions.

    1. As I am a widower, can I perform Cow puja and homam by taking sankalpam in my name or I should ask my daughter and son-in-law to do this on my behalf, as I have no sons.
    2. What are the suitable date in Jan and Feb 2018 suitable to my nakshatra, which is Sathabhisha.

    Subramaniam

  10. YES SIR, YOU can perform the Gho pooja taking sankalpam.

    22nd Jan, 2018 is an Auspicious day.

  11. Please suggest good day for house warming after Jan 30th, 2018. Since Dad anniversary coming on Jan 26 and Mom’s mom anniversary coming on Jan 30. So we are planning after Jan 30th. Can we do on full moon day Jan 31st and lunar eclipse coming on the day. How about Feb 5th. I got two different date from two people. Please advise

  12. Dear Dinesh,

    5th and 11th February are the Auspicious dates.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Astroved Member support.

  13. Amazing Article,Very Good Information about griha Pravesh Puja.Thank you For Sharing and Keep on Posting

  14. THANK YOU

  15. Are there other auspicious dates in Feb 2018., after Feb. 12?

  16. Hello. Your article is very informative and helpful.I am staying in a rented house at present. I wanted to ask you that I want to shift to another rented house on 24th jan 2018. It’s Rath Saptami day. Is it auspicious to do Griha Pravesh on rath Saptami day? Also can I set up the house one day before and on the Griha Pravesh day I formally enter the house with my family and do Pooja in the morning. There is no priest. I do everything on my own. Where to prepare the Kalash. As am shifting into a pre owned rented house, can you please guide in this case. I badly need your guidance. Thanks a ton.

  17. Dear Ruchi,

    22nd Jan, 2018 is a Muhurtha day, perform on this day.

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