Griha (Greh) Pravesh ceremony is performed on the day when you
start living into your new
house. This is a very important occasion for any family. To
start living, the entry into the new house on this auspicious
day is termed as the Griha Pravesh ritual. It is believed that
the new acquisition is susceptible to evil forces and jealousy
and therefore various 'safeguard' ceremonies must be performed.
This ceremony aims to appease the gods and planets so that the
owner of the house is blessed with good fortune.
On the day of the ceremony, house is cleaned and decorated with a
garland of mango leaves, hung across the main doorway as a
protective barrier against evil. Poles are erected outside the
house around which banana leaves are wound and tied. Both the
mango and the banana tree are considered auspicious, since they
are symbols of fertility and prosperity.
It is laid down in the scriptures that the Griha Pravesh ceremony
should take place at an auspicious time i.e. muhurat. One should
consult the Pandit for the auspicious date and time for the
Before entering the house, a ceremony called Vastushanti is
performed. This ceremony aims to appease the gods and planets so
that the owner of the house is blessed with good fortune. Like
any other puja, this also begins with
Ganesh puja, to remove
all obstacles. The next ritual is the oblation to the Yagya (havan).
Pravesh Yagya (Havan) Mantras