Grah Pravesh Puja
About Grah Pravesh Puja :
The Grihapravesh is also called Vastu. The complete ritual takes six to seven hours. Early in the morning, Vastu pooja for Vastu devata is performed outside the house before the actual entry into the house.
During Vastu puja, a kumbh (copper pot, as in the Bhoomi puja) is consecrated through worship out side the house. The Vastu pooja is undertaken to expiate the sins that could have been committed by the owners of the house during construction.
After completing the Vastu and Kumbh pooja, the copper pot is taken inside the house by the husband and wife to a place where havan and various poojas take place. In the ritual inside the house different poojas like, pooja of sun, pooja of lamp, Ganpathi pooja, Pooja of the Kul devta, pooja of four directions, showering (abhishek) of the couple with water, Lakshmi pooja and Homa are all done.
This pooja is concluded by distributing peanuts, dry fruits and pede- a kind of sweet made of milk, as prasad. Finally the guests are fed. On the eve of the graha pravesh, vastubali is performed inside the house.
This is a pooja performed by a priest who is not a member of the family. It consists of Ganapathi pooja, Punyaha and Vastubali homa. These are done to appease the gods and propitiate them.
Every Pooja begins with invoking Lord Ganesha and then the specialized moola mantra japam and other rituals help the Vedic Bramhin assigned the task to achieve your hearts desire through your sankalpam (your wish is conveyed at the fire ritual ceremony).
Purity of panchang (almanac) and auspicioustime (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 pravesh.
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.
Grah Pravesh Puja Vidhi :
On the day of the grahapravesh, before sunrise, Punyaha for vastu shudhi (purification) and Ganpathi poojas are done. According to the muhurat, members of the family enter the house.
They carry ashtamangalya (eight kinds of godly things), navadhyana (nine kinds of grain), kodimundu (good piece of cloth) mirror, sandal etc. To the new home.
The ashtamangala may consist of any eight auspicious things. A typical ashtmangala for functions like marriage, house warming etc. Would contain the following eight things kept on a platter:
3. Val kannady, the mirror used in the marriage
4. Betel leaf and out aracanut or the betel nut
5. A small lamp
6. Rice colored with turmeric (mangala akshatha)
7. Kumkumam, kanmashi (a black eye ointment used to highlight the eyes)
8. Washed dhoti Any nine kinds of seeds can be used as navadhanya; with minor restrictions evolved through practice.
For example, gingerly is not used in auspicious occasions in some parts of the state. The seeds used are paddy grain, flex, wheat, pulse, small and large beans, thina-a small gracing.
After entering the house Lakshmi Narayan pooja is performed. The grahanath (the wife) meanwhile boils milk in the kitchen, which should boil over and flow out, signifying abundance.
The owners are required to stay overnight in the new house after the Grihapravesh ritual.
Grah Pravesh Puja Samagri :
- Chandan powder / paste
- Flowers 1 bunch
- Plate for keeping rice
- Rice bag 10 lbs (color it with turmeric powder or kumkum and add few drops of water and mix well) – also known as akshata
- Corn, separate seeds and stalks.
- Deep (niranjan)
- Sweet dish to offer (like kheer/halwa)
- Kum kum
- Red blouse pieces 2. (2 feet by 2 feet)
- White blouse pieces 2 (2 feet by 2 feet)
- Kalash or lota (big sized which can hold the coconut and leaves)
- Manago or bettle leaves
- New vessel
- Ganpathi idol or idol of your favorite deity (if you are sri vaishnava then you need picture of narayana / vishnu)
- Real Cow or Cow idol or picture (optional)
- Few spoons (metal preferred to light camphor)
- Few plates
- Tumeric powder
- Ghee /oil for lamp
- 2 puja Coconuts (with coir on top ) + 1 for every door
- Cow Dung and cow urine
- Red sewing thread.
- Lemos 4 for every door.
- Aluminium foil role.