Griha Pravesh puja and house warming ceremony 2023

Indians are generally particular about shubh muhurats, when it comes to buying a property or shifting to a new house. Performing a griha pravesh,which is basically the house warming ceremony on an auspicious day, is considered to bring good fortune. Griha Pravesh is a Hindu ritual where a puja ceremony is conducted on an auspicious muhurat when a person moves into a new house for the first time.

Usually, the auspicious dates for the griha pravesh puja or the house warming ceremony is decided by the priest based on the astrological charts. Furthermore, there many dos and don’ts or guidelines to be followed for the Griha pravesh puja Vidhi to ensure positive energy around and bring prosperity for the family.

More importantly, before entering the new house, one should check the auspicious date, day, tithi, nakshatra or constellation, by referring to a Hindu Calendar or consulting an astrology and Vastu Shastra expert. Decorating the house entrance and chanting of mantras are an essential part of the Griha pravesh puja Vidhi.

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Griha Pravesh puja: What is Griha Pravesh?

A griha pravesh puja ceremony, also known as grihapravesh or the house warming ceremony, is a Hindu puja ceremony performed, when one enters a new home for the first time to purify the environment and protect the house from negative energies.  

According to Vastu, a house is made up of five elements – the sun, earth, water, fire and wind and the proper alignment of these elements in a house, brings happiness, good health and prosperity. Grihapravesh is also known by different names in different languages spoken in India. It is called griha pravesham or gruhapravesam in Telugu and Grihoprobesh in Bengali.

 

 

“It is believed that entering a home during an auspicious time, makes life easy and there will be minimum struggle for the family, after moving into the new house. Days that are most favourable for such muhurats are Vasant Panchami, Akshaya Tritiya, Gudi Padwa, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Dussehra (also known as Vijayadashmi), while days like Uttarayana, Holi, Adhikmas and Shraddha Paksha are to be avoided,” says Mumbai-based Jayshree Dhamani, a Vastu Shastra and astrology expert. .

A house warming performed on Dussehra does not even require an auspicious time, as every moment of this day is considered auspicious. Before the griha pravesh, a kalash pooja is usually performed.

For this ritual, a copper pot is filled with water and nine types of grains and a coin are placed in it. A coconut is placed on the pot and one enters the house with it, accompanied by the chanting of mantras by a priest. A priest chants various mantras that are the Kalash puja mantra, the Ganesha mantra, and the Vastu Puja mantra.

See also: Griha Pravesh Muhurat in 2023  – Best dates for a house warming ceremony

 

House warming ceremony: Significance

Why is it called housewarming?

Traditionally, people celebrate their first entry into their new home by performing a griha pravesh or housewarming ceremony and inviting friends and family on this occasion. The term ‘housewarming’ may have originated years ago, when there was no access to central heating in the house. People would gather around the fireplace that would be lit with the wood that guests brought, to literally ‘warm’ the house.

Why should one perform Griha Pravesh puja?

Traditionally, a housewarming or Griha pravesh ceremony is conducted soon after a family moved into a new house. Housewarming parties are normally informal events. However, a Griha pravesh puja is performed with the help of a priest as per the prescribed rules and Vastu guidelines.

As per Vastu Shastra, Griha Pravesh pooja must be performed for the well-being of the family in the new house. Here are some of the benefits of the Griha Pravesh or housewarming pooja.

  • Performing the puja on the Griha Pravesh muhurat ensures the protection of the house from evil forces and attracts positive energies.
  • The Griha Pravesh rituals help purify and spiritualise the house, its surroundings and the air, creating a holy and divine atmosphere.
  • It brings prosperity, fortune, and good health to those living in the house.
  • Performing the housewarming ritual eliminates obstacles one may encounter in their new phase in life.
  • The Griha Pravesh puja helps invoke the blessings of the deities and the nine planets for their protection and prevent unfortunate events in the home or to the inhabitants.

What are the three things to bring to a housewarming? 

As per the popular saying, three things to bring to a housewarming are salt, wine, and bread. Traditionally, housewarming gifts included bag of groceries or firewood. These things had a ceremonial and symbolic meaning. Bread denotes ‘May this house never know hunger’, Wine denotes ‘May you always have joy and never go thirsty’, and salt denote ‘May there always be flavour and spice in your life’.

Griha Pravesh puja: Things to do before puja

Choose the auspicious date

Always do the griha pravesh on an auspicious day. While the festive season brings many auspicious dates, which are suitable for a Griha Pravesh, you can check the best house warming ceremony dates 2023. Dussehra and Diwali are considered very lucky for the Griha Pravesh and you can conduct a puja after consulting a priest. Avoid moving into the new house on a Saturday or a Sunday.

The months of Magh, Phalgun, Vaishakh and Jyeshtha are regarded the best time for griha pravesh pooja and entering the house.

Which month is not good for Griha Pravesh?

The months of Ashadha, Shravan, Bhadrapada, Ashwin and Paush are not ideal for the griha pravesh.

Complete the construction and finishing work

The Griha pravesh pooja should be conducted only after the construction work is over. This is one of the foremost things to remember when moving into a new home and performing the Griha Pravesh ceremony.

Avoid moving into your new home, if the construction work is ongoing. Move to your new home only when the home is completely ready. Griha Pravesh signifies entering a new phase of life, a new home which is completed in every sense. Therefore, make sure everything including the wood work, fittings, paint, etc., are completed. The house must be ready to move with installation of all the fixtures, windows and doors, and completion of the painting work.

Make sure the home is Vastu-compliant

Ensure your home is completely Vastu-compliant, especially the puja room and the main entrance.

Send housewarming ceremony invitations

Seeks blessings and wishes of family and friends by inviting them to the Griha Pravesh ceremony.

See also: House warming invitation message ideas to choose from

 

Griha Pravesh puja: Things to do on puja day

Decorate the house entrance

  • The main door should be decorated, as it is called as Simha Dwara and is the face of the Vastu Purush. On the day of Griha Pravesh pooja, make sure you decorate the front entrance with flowers and a toran of marigold and fresh mango tree leaves.
  • Place a string made of mango leaves and lemons on the entrance gate, which will remove negative energies.
  • You can also put a Swastik symbol or Goddess Lakshmi’s feet on the main door, as these signify prosperity and luck.
  • You can also put go-padma, lotus, or any other spiritual symbol at both the ends.

Vastu Shastra guidelines for main door entrance

  • Make sure the house is not at the ground level. Construct a few steps on the house entrance.
  • Build the main door using rich quality material. Avoid black colour.
  • Place a nameplate at the entrance door.
  • Design a threshold of stone or wood on the front door. It will prevent the loss of finances.
  • Keep the entrance clean and tidy. Avoid dustbins or shoe racks.

Make a rangoli

  • Rangolis are synonymous with the festive season and are believed to attract wealth and prosperity. Adorn the floor with rangoli made of rice flour or vibrant colours.
  • Rangolis on the floor are believed to invite goddess Lakshmi. Draw one near the entrance, before conducting a Griha Pravesh puja, using rice flour and rangoli colours available in the market.
  • Make sure it is not in the way of people entering the house.

Clean the entire home

  • Before conducting the Griha Pravesh pooja, make sure the entire home is cleaned thoroughly to make it look welcoming. This will invite positivity and good energy into your new home.
  • The first thing you must buy for the house, is a broom, so as to get rid of any mess before the ceremony and start fresh. Mop every corner of your home before starting the puja. Mop the floor with salt water, to cleanse and purify the place.
  • You can also wash it with a mixture of salt, lime juice and white vinegar. A havan (herbs and wood put in fire), is said to purify the space and cleanse the surroundings.

Purify the home

Keep Gangajal in a separate kalash in an the unused corner of your home, with raw mango leaves placed above it. Use these leaves to sprinkle the water everywhere. Gangajal is believed to have a purifying energy that removes negative vibes from the home.

Griha pravesh: Puja and house warming ceremony tips for your new house

Griha pravesh pooja flower decoration

  • Apart from the main door and puja area, decorate the entire house for the griha pravesh puja. Fresh flowers make the home appear inviting and cheerful.
  • Use fresh flowers for overhead hangings, arches, corners and centerpieces for tables.
  • One can go in for traditional-themed strings and garland decor using marigold, tube rose and shevanti, etc., along with some lotuses and colourful threads.
  • Floral balls and hangings made from flowers can be used to highlight various places of the house.
  • If one likes western style, then, opt for flowers like lilium, orchids, roses and carnations, etc., with pearl hangings or colourful drapes.

Illuminate the house for the griha pravesh puja

  • Ensure that the entire house and especially the main entrance, is well illuminated on the day of the griha pravesh.
  • No area of the house should be in darkness.
  • Opt for lamps, LED lights or fairy lights, to brighten up the home.
  • Lighting an earthen lamp is believed to invite good fortune and positive energy.

Breaking the coconut

Break a coconut at the house entrance before putting your foot into the house. The ritual of breaking the coconut is considered to purify the house and eliminate any hurdles in life.

Griha Pravesh puja

Enter the new house with the right foot

On the auspicious day of Griha Pravesh, the husband and wife of the house must enter the house together, carrying the mangal Kalash. Make sure to put the right foot forward when walking into your new home during the Griha Pravesh ceremony. As per the rituals, the man must put his right foot first, and the woman must put her left foot first in the house. They must set up the Kalash in the northeast corner or the temple while chanting the mantras of Lord Ganesha.

Griha pravesh: Puja and house warming ceremony tips for your new house

 

Create a Mandala for Griha Pravesh puja

Before starting the Griha pravesh puja rituals, one should make the mandala drawing, which is a geometric configuration of spiritual symbols. This is done with the purpose of invoking the gods and planets, and invite their blessings. The idols should be placed in an east-facing direction of the house. The temple in the house should be in the north-east zone and should be fixed on day of the house warming.

Boil milk to seek blessings

Boiling milk in a new utensil is an integral part of the Griha Pravesh rituals. As per the belief, the milk boiling ceremony during the housewarming ceremony ensures prosperity in the house. The lady of the house should boil milk in the kitchen. Usually, ingredients such as rice and sugar are added to prepare a sweet rice prasad, and it is distributed it has been offered to the deities.

Griha pravesh: Puja and house warming ceremony tips for your new house

Plan meals for the guests on the day of griha pravesh

  • To treat your guests on the day of griha pravesh, plan the menu for the food to be served, in advance.
  • Since the puja is done on an auspicious day, it is better to arrange for vegetarian food.
  • Offer the food to the priest first and then to the guests. Prasad, such as halwa or kheer, is made on the day of the griha pravesh.

Make proper seating arrangements for the guests

Griha pravesh ceremonies usually require people to sit down on the floor for the puja. Keep dhurries or mattresses on the floor or arrange for chairs for the guests who are unable to sit on the floor.

Housewarming ceremony: Rules to remember when entering the house

  • Usually, the owner and the lady of the house enter the new house first. They must carry the five auspicious items namely a coconut, yellow turmeric, jaggery, rice, and milk.
  • While entering the house for the house warming function, always put your right foot first.
  • Dress up in appropriate clothes for the griha pravesh puja. Wear auspicious colours and avoid black.
  • If possible, have house warming parties with only near and dear ones, as inviting too many people may bring in negative energy, which might hamper the well-being of the residents.
  • Everyone who attends the griha pravesh puja must be given some gift; nobody should leave the house empty-handed. It can be anything from a small silver coin, an idol of a god, boxes of sweets, or fresh live plants, depending on one’s budget.

See also: Gifts for house warming ceremony

Vastu puja

  • A Griha pravesh puja is not complete unless Vastu puja is performed, the roof of the house is covered and the doors are fitted with shutters. Also, the priests should be offered the feast.
  • If you are moving to a rented home, remember to check the Griha Pravesh pooja dates ideal for new rented house in 2021 and follow the griha pravesh puja vidhi as explained above.
  • One should perform the havan for new the home with the objective of inviting peace and prosperity. It should be accompanied by Ganesh pujan for new home, Vastu Dosh puja and Navgraha Shanti pooja to eliminate negative energies and attract positive energies.

Griha pravesh: Puja and house warming ceremony tips for your new house

 

Griha pravesh puja: Dos and don’ts

Dos for the house warming ceremony Don’ts for the house warming ceremony
Decorate the main entrance with flowers and the floor with rangoli. Use auspicious symbols like om and swastika to adorn the main door Avoid moving any furniture in your new home before doing the griha pravesh puja except for the kitchen gas stove
 

Break a coconut before stepping into the house

Do not wear a black coloured clothes for the house warming
Take your first step with the right foot Do not shift into the new house if there is a pregnant lady in the family or if someone has died.
Purify the house by sprinkling salt water Avoid moving into the house if doors, windows, roofs, or any part of the construction is incomplete.
You can gift sweets, idols, or coins to your guests when they leave your house. Offer food items and gifts to the priest who performs the puja. Do not let your guests leave empty handed after the griha pravesh puja.
Stay in the new house for a minimum of three days after the Griha Pravesh puja ceremony. Avoid keeping the new house empty after performing the griha pravesh puja.

Grihapravesh is also known by different names in different languages spoken in India. It is called griha pravesham or gruhapravesam in Telugu and Grihoprobesh in Bengali.

The griha pravesh ceremony can be simple or elaborate, depending upon the home owner. Usually, a havan is conducted, to purify the space cleanse it of negative forces. A Ganesh puja, Navagraha Shanti, which means worship of the nine planets and a Vastu puja, are generally performed. One should also serve food to the priests and family and friends, who are invited on this day. Once the house warming ceremony has been performed, the owners can then move into the new house. Also, Vastu experts advice that after the griha pravesh puja, for the next 40 days at least, one family member should be present at home all the time and the house should not be kept locked and vacant.

 

How to do Griha Pravesh pooja without a priest?

The Griha Pravesh puja ceremony is performed in an elaborate manner as per the Vedic scriptures. Hence, it is important to consult a priest who have sound knowledge about the traditions. However, there may be situations when it is not possible to find a priest. The Hindu puja rituals for your new home can be performed by yourself. 

First, refer a Hindu calendar to find out the auspicious date for the puja, the Indian house warming ceremony. You should also know about everything that is included in a Griha Pravesh puja samagri list.

See also: Vastu tips for Mandir direction in home

 

Can you do Griha Pravesh pooja without muhurat?

Although people prefer to do the Griha Pravesh only at an auspicious muhurat, if you do not believe in such things, it is okay to proceed for a simple Griha Pravesh puja without muhuratas per your availability and schedule. However, make sure you conduct a Griha Shanti paath, which is to attract positive energy at home and remove negativity and evil energies from the surroundings. You can also choose to do charity after the puja and donate money and food to the needy. Later, you can celebrate the occasion with your near and dear ones to mark the joyous occasion.

 

Griha Pravesh puja samagri list: Things you need for the puja

Coconut – 2 quantity Desi ghee Incense burner (Hawan samagri) Dry woods of mango
Areca nut (Supari) Honey – 50 grams Barley (grains) Turmeric (50 grams)
Cloves 10 grams Jaggery, Mishri (Rock Sugar) 50 grams Black sesame seeds Ganga Jal (one bottle)
Green cardamom 10 grams Whole rice (500 grams) Large earthen diya Wooden low height table (Chauki)
Betel leaves (10), tulsi leaves Panch Meva (Mixture of 5 types of dry fruits) Brass kalash Atta
Roli or Kumkum (one packet) Five types of sweets Cotton Mango or Ashoka tree leaves
Mauli – 2 rolls 5 types of seasonal fruits Yellow cloth Incense stick – one packet
Upanayana or janeu Flowers and flower garlands Red cloth Yogurt (curd)
Milk (not boiled) – 1/4th litre Dhup batti Camphor – one packet Hawan Kund

Before the grihapravesh puja, make sure to prepare the samagri list as mentioned above and have all the materials for worship ready.

How and when to use griha pravesh puja samagri?

Make sure the house is ready to be inhabited before the Griha pravesh puja. The priest will provide the Samagri list for the puja. Firstly, start by cleaning the house before the puja with Ganga Jal. Garlands, rangolis, and mango leaves are used for decorating the house. Diyas and Kalash filled with Gangajal, fruits, flowers and panchamrit must be placed near the puja space. During the ceremony, light the stove, and boil rice and milk in a new vessel. Light the camphor or aggarbatti and blow the conch during the aarti.

Sugar should be of jaggery. Also, the rice should not be broken. In five types of dry fruits, choose five almonds, dried dates, raisins, makhane, and cashew nuts. In five types of sweets, choose coconut barfi, laddoos, besan laddoos or barfi, milk cake, kalakand or any other sweet. In seasonal fruits, include bananas, and pomegranate. Bhagwati shringar should include bangles, bindi, vermillion, comb, mirror, mehndi, and necklace. Choose auspicious colour like red for saree and not black or blue.

How much do Griha Pravesh Puja Samagri Cost?

The Griha Pravesh Puja Samagri may cost around Rs 6,500 to 7,000,

 

How to perform Griha Pravesh puja?

A Griha Pravesh puja is done before entering a new house to please and welcome positive energy. You can also invite a priest, for chanting the shlokas and mantras. 

Here is a guide on a simple Griha pravesh puja vidhi and some dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

Step 1: Break an ash gourd and leave it at the entrance of the threshold of the house. The lady of the house should also break a coconut and this should also placed on the threshold, as  this signifies the removal of the obstacles.

Step 2: Enter the new house with an idol or photo of Lord Ganesha in your hand. Place the god on the northeast corner of the house. Light two lamps in front of the idol. Offer prasad to the god like sweets, flowers and fruits.

Step 3: Place a kalash filled with Ganga water or any river water in a copper pot near the idol. Perform the Kalash puja. Fill the pot with nine types of grains and a coin. A red cloth is tied around a coconut and placed on the Kalash with four mango leaves placed at the sides of the Kalash.

Step 4: Take this pot and place it near the ceremonial fire place or havan.

Step 5: A Havan is performed during the housewarming ceremony, to remove the three sins: digging of earth, cutting of trees and breaking of stones. To nullify the bad effects, the havan is done to seek blessings of the almighty. All family members should sit around the Havan Kund, to participate in it while the priest chants the sacred mantras. The aromatic and medicinal herbs and camphor used during griha pravesh havan purifies the home, removes negative vibes and signifies auspicious new beginnings, with good energies.

Step 6: Light diyas and lamps to attract spiritual energies and for divine protection.

Step 7: Boil milk in a new vessel and add rice and sugar. Distribute it as prasad among the guests.

Step 8: Light a camphor lamp and perform mangal aarti. You can ring bells or blow a conch as part of the Griha pravesh puja vidhi.

Step 9: Now, break the coconut and offer it as prasad to the guests. Sprinkle the water from the kalash using the mango leaves all over the house.

Step 10: One of the Griha pravesh puja rituals that can be followed is blowing the Shankh or conch, which is believed to dispel negative energies.

Make sure that you stay in the house and do not leave for a minimum of three days after the Griha Pravesh puja.

 

According to Vastu Shastra, one should never blow out a puja Diya by blowing air from one’s mouth.

One can also do a Ganpati Puja, or Satyanarayan Puja on the day of the griha pravesh. These can be conducted after the Vastu Shanti Hawan. Lord Ganesh is the remover of all obstacles. So, his blessings are taken on the day of griha pravesh. Satyanarayana (form of Lord Vishnu) Puja is one of the easiest rituals and is believed to bring good fortune, health and prosperity.

See also: Good day to start house construction in 2021

 

Griha pravesh pooja mantras

Mantras are short sound, words or phrases in Sanskrit uttered in repetition during meditation and religious rituals. They are considered to be scared and have a calming effect, thus inviting positive energies in the house. Every mantra has a specific meaning, and it must be spoken as per the set rules.

Lord Ganesha is worshipped during Griha pravesh puja. The following mantra is recited when offering flowers and rice

  • Om Ganesaya Namah Avahayami

Flowers are offered and chandan is applied to the statue while chanting the following mantras:

  • Om Ganesaya Namah Gandham Samarpayami
  • Om Ganesaya Namah Puspam Samarpayami

Next, lamp and agarbatti is shown to the deity while following mantra is chanted:

  • Om Ganesaya Namah Dipam Darsayami

Lord Ganesh is offered food while chanting this mantra

  • Om Ganesaya Namahamrta-Maha-Naivedyam Ivedayami
  • Om Ganesaya Namah Sarvopacaram Samarpayam

The following names of Lord Ganesha are chanted while offering flowers and prasad

  • Om Ekadantaya namah
  • Om Kapilaya namah
  • Om Gajakarnakaya namah
  • Om Lamboraraya namah
  • Om Vikataya namah
  • Om Vighnarajaya namah
  • Om Vinayakaha namah
  • Om Dhumaketave namah
  • Om Ganadhyaksyaya namah
  • Om Bhalacandraya namah
  • Om Gajananaya Namahom Vakratundata namah
  • Om Surpakarnaya namah
  • Om Herambaya namah
  • Om Skandapurvajaya namah
  • Om Sri Siddhivinayakaya NamahOm Sumukhaya namah

During the Kalash puja, the following mantras are chanted:

  • Om Vardhini-Varundyavahita Devatabhyo Namah Avahayami
  • Om Vardhini-Varundyavahita Devatabhyo Namah Gandham Samarpayami
  • Om Vardhini-Varundyavahita Devatabhyo Namah Puspam Samarpayami
  • Om Vardhini-Varundyavahita Devatabhyo Namah Dhupam Aghrapayami
  • Om Vardhini-Varundyavahita Devatabhyo Namah Dipam Darsayami
  • Om Vardhini-Varundyavahita Devatabhyo Namahamrta- Maha-Naivedyam Nivedayami
  • Om Vardhini-Varundyavahita Devatabhyo Namah Sarvopacaram Samarpayami

 

Griha pravesh for a rented house

If you are shifting into a rented accommodation, you can do a simple house warming procedure or Griha Pravesh puja, where you may not need a priest.

  • Clean the house and decorate it with flowers and auspicious symbols and put a picture or idol of ‘Isht’ deity. Make sure you have all the puja samagri for the milk boiling ceremony for the rented house.
  • You can also perform a small havan, by chanting some short mantra (like Gayatri Mantra or Navagraha Mantra) 108 times. You can also play recorded mantras on your device, if you do not know any. Mantras remove negative energies and bring happiness and abundance. Mantras also create an aura of peace at home.
  • Light diyas and offer sweets, fruits and donate money to the needy.

People are often confused if they should conduct a Griha Pravesh ceremony for a rented house. It is good to perform a Griha Pravesh puja for a rented house since it is an auspicious ceremony. Experts point out that a griha pravesh ceremony, even in a rented house, will help ward off any negative energy and bring in positivity in the house for a peaceful and prosperous living. Conducting a Havan or Yajna to activate the energies of the house and keep them energised, instead of an elaborate puja.

 

House warming ceremony decor ideas

Floral decorations

One of the easiest and elegant way to decorate the house for any puja, especially the Griha pravesh puja is through flowers. Floral decorations will help create the perfect setting for your gruhapravesam pooja.

 

House warming ceremony decor ideas

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Staircase decoration

Creative flower arrangement along the staircase is an interesting and traditional décor idea for an Indian house warming ceremony.

 

House warming ceremony decor ideas

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Lights

Fairy lights can be an excellent décor option to brighten up your home interiors for the house warming ceremony.

Colourful accessories

Go for floral rangolis on the entrance area and deck up the space with décor elements such as lights and Rajasthani umbrellas. Give the area an welcoming appeal by including scented candles, incense sticks, and attractive lamp stands. Lanterns are perfect for any Indian festival or celebrations. Moreover, lighting lanterns on the Griha Pravesh pooja is considered auspicious.

Seating

Design your living room for the occasion to welcome your guests. Opt for using colourful cushions. Choose to adorn the pooja room with elegant curtains and rugs. Decorate your coffee table with vases, candles, flowers and traditional table coasters.

 

How to dispose of griha Pravesh puja offerings after the ceremony?

Earlier people threw flowers and leaves used for puja in the sea or river but due to rising water pollution, one must not throw it in the waterbodies. The flowers used for Griha Pravesh puja. Dry the flowers with cinnamon or dried citrus peel make a potpourri of dried flowers. One can use Griha Pravesh puja flowers, banana leaves, paan, etc. to make organic compost at home. In many cities, there are special trash bins installed by local municipal corporations near the beaches and rivers meant only for puja offerings. One can bury leftover wooden pieces, herbs, ashes etc of havan in the garden.

 

Which pooja is good for house warming ceremony?

Griha Pravesh is an important ritual in Hindu tradition, performed when people move into their new homes. As per Vastu Shastra experts, Vastu Puja and Vastu Shanti are performed before one enters the new house.

As per popular belief, a house owner should invoke the blessings of gods that invite good fortune and prosperity into the house. The Griha Pravesh, or the first entry into the new home, is made on an auspicious day, as per the Hindu calendar, and the family enters the new house at an auspicious time or muhurat, followed by a puja. The Griha Pravesh ensures the protection of the house against negative forces.

Some of the puja rituals performed for house warming or griha pravesh are mentioned below:

Griha pravesh or Gruha Pravesam in Telugu or Pugu Vizha in Tamil refers to entering a new house for the first time. The ceremony also involves Vastu Shanti rituals.

Kalash puja

The Kalash puja for new home is performed before the griha pravesh. This is done as a sign of prosperity for the inhabitants of the house.

Gau (Cow) puja

In some traditions, people first bring a cow into the new house during the ceremony, as the animal is considered sacred in India. A cow is as a sacred animal in Hinduism. Worshipping a cow is an integral part of Griha Pravesh rituals. A cow is decorated with garlands and is worshipped. It is also taken inside the house to invoke its blessings.

Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi puja

Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped near the threshold of the house. This is done during the griha pravesh puja, also known as gruhapravesam pooja, to eliminate evil forces and prevent them from entering the house.

Havan

Lord Ganesha is regarded as the god of good beginnings and the remover of obstacles. The deity is worshipped and Ganapati Hom is also performed on griha pravesh day. Lakshmi Hom is performed to please goddess Lakshmi and people seek her blessings for good health, wealth and prosperity in the new house.

Hindus follow these rituals for a new home to invite positivity and luck. The Griha Pravesh puja is done only on a suitable day that is chosen based on Panchang, which is the Hindu calendar. As per tradition, doors and windows are kept open, and lights are switched on in the house. The auspicious puja is performed by the head of the family in the presence of a priest.

Western rituals

  • There are other rituals followed in different parts of the world. For example, as per the Jewish tradition, the house owner brings bread and salt into the new house. This signifies the availability of food on their table always.
  • As per another belief, people plant pomegranate trees in the compound of their homes. Pomegranates are regarded as symbols of fertility. Hence, those who plan to expand their families can follow this ritual.
  • According to the native American ritual, burning sage helps eliminate negative energies from the house. The house owners burn sage and walk all across the house, starting from the upper floor or back of the house and finally to the front door. The smoke that emanates from the burning sage removes the evil forces from the house.
  • In France, housewarming parties were referred to as pendaison de crémaillère, which literally means hanging of the chimney hook. After a house was built, it was customary to invite everyone who participated in the construction to eat dinner as a vote of thanks. Food was cooked in a large pot and its temperature was controlled by the chimney hook that was the last thing to be placed in the house signifying the beginning of the thank-you meal.

Can we do Griha Pravesh puja after shifting?

Griha Pravesh puja or Vastu puja should be done before shifting, to cleanse the space of negative energies.

Can we sleep in the new house before a Griha Pravesh ceremony?

Yes, home owners can sleep in the new house before the official puja.

Why do we boil milk during housewarming?

Boiling of milk symbolises abundance of prosperity and food, which will bless the new home.

Can I move my furniture before Griha Pravesh?

Ideally, a Vastu puja should be conducted, before moving anything to your new home.

Can we shift household items before Griha Pravesh puja?

Avoid shifting anything apart from cooking gas and stove, until the Vastu puja is done.

Can we shift to a new house on Friday?

Depending upon the Griha Pravesh muhurat, you can choose an auspicious day for the shifting.

What is the first thing to do when moving into a new house?

As soon as you move into a new home, make sure the locks are working, check the fuse box and water valve, make it pet/child-proof and set up the utilities.

What brings good luck to a new home?

Items such as salt, honey, rice, candles, etc., represent abundance, prosperity, happiness, hospitality and good fortune.

For griha pravesh puja, which vessels are ideal to use?

According to Vastu Shastra, avoid using brass vessels for puja. Copper vessels or silver are best. For oil lamps, one can use brass.

Which pooja is best for housewarming?

Vastu Worship or Vastu Shanti puja is performed on the day of housewarming to invite the blessings of Vastu Purush, the God of land and direction, who is said to remove prevailing Vastu doshas of the house.

Do I need to clean my house before moving?

Yes, it is always good to deep clean the house, before you move in with all your luggage.

Why is Navagraha Shanti puja done during the Griha Pravesh?

Navagraha means nine planets. It is believed that all nine planets influence the house. So, this puja is performed to please all the nine planets and seek blessings.

 

FAQs

Can Griha Pravesh be done in the evening?

Depending upon the muhurat, you can perform the Griha Pravesh in the evening, as well.

Where do you put the kalash in a new house?

The kalash should be placed in an unused corner of the house, filled with Gangajal and mango leaves.

Can a pregnant woman do Griha Pravesh?

Yes, pregnant woman can do Griha Pravesh puja, provided fasting and other rules are slightly relaxed for her.

What is the significance of ringing a bell during the griha pravesh puja?

The sound of the bell removes negative energy and helps in purifying the place.

Why are tulsi leaves used for prasad during griha pravesh puja?

Tulsi leaves are used while offering naivedyam (prasad) to God, as it is said that all deities reside in the plant of tulsi. Using tulsi (avatar of goddess Lakshmi) in puja rituals, brings happiness, success and well-being in the family.

What is are the other names of house warming ceremony?

A house warming ceremony, which is a house party organised in a new house, is also referred to as a Griha Pravesh ceremony or Gruhapravesam pooja.

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