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    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Graha Pravesh Puja and Remedies








    Graha Pravesh is a ceremony performed on the occasion of one's first entry into a new house. Once the house is ready, the family moves in on an auspicious day that is determined by the astrological charts. 


    Purity of panchang (almanac) and auspicious time (muhurat) must be considered during the Graha pravesh. Three types of Graha Pravesh have been mentioned in our ancient scriptures:

    Apoorva: First entry to newly constructed house on a newly selected land is called apoorva (new) Graha pravesh.


    Sapoorva: Entry into an already existing house after travelling abroad or migration elsewhere is called sapoorva Graha 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) Graha pravesh.
    For apoorva Graha pravesh, the exact auspicious time need to be adhered to. For sapoorva Graha pravesh or dwandwah Graha pravesh, the purity of the panchang should be given due consideration.


    Auspicious Times or Muhurats


    In a newly built house, the first entry is auspicious when the sun is in the uttarayan position; in old, renovated houses, when Guru (Jupiter) or Shukra (Venus) is setting (the tara or star does not matter in this case). 



     Auspicious months for Graha pravesh, that are based on the lunar calendar, and their outcome have been provided below:

    MONTH
    RESULTS
    Auspicious

    Magh (part January and part February)
    Gain of wealth
    Falgun (part February and part March)
    Gain of children and wealth
    Baishak (part April and part May)
    Growth of wealth and prosperity
    Jeshtha (part May and part June)
    Gain of son and cattle


    Fair

    Kartik (part October and part November)
    No significant effect
    Margshirsh (part November and part December)



    Inauspicious

    Ashadh (part June and part July)
    Could lead to losses, pains, troubles and fear of enemies
    Bhadrapad (part August and part September)

    Ashwin (part September and part October)

    Paush (part December and part January)



    Furthermore, the tithies (dates according to lunar calender) 4, 9, 14 and Amavas (no moon night) should be avoided. Graha pravesh should not be held on a Tuesday.


    Ceremonies 

    Vastu puja

    Vastu puja for vastu devata is performed outside the house before the actual entry into the house. A copper pot is filled with water, navadhanya (nine kinds of grains) and one rupee coin. A coconut is then placed on the top of the pot. Coconut is covered with the red cloth and tied with the red thread called moli. After this the priest performs the puja, add the husband and wife take this copper pot in the house together and place it near the havan (ceremonial fire).


    Vastu Shanti

    Vastu shanti or Graha shanti, involves the havan. A havan is performed to prevent harmful influences of the planets, remove negative vibrations and create a peaceful environment. Once all the pujas are concluded, a feast is offered to the priest. He is also given some dakshina or fees for his services and good wishes.
    These two pujas are essential. Other pujas like the Ganpathi puja, the Satyanarayan puja ot the Lakshmi puja are optional, and can be performed if priest recommends them.
    Do's and Don'ts of Graha pravesh
    Graha Pravesh is not complete until:

    • The doors of the house are fitted with shutters;
    • The roof is covered;
    • The Gods of vastu have been worshipped or offered sacrifices;
    • The priests have been offered feast.
    House-warming ceremony should not be performed when the lady of the house is pregnant.
    If the above-mentioned points are not considered when moving into a new house, they can bring trouble and miseries to the dwellers. 

    Therefore, living in a house should be considered only after all rituals are complete as per the procedure given in the scriptures.

    Once the Graha Pravesh ceremony has been completed, the family can then move into the house. The house should not be locked for a few days since that would be considered inauspicious.
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