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Vastu Guidelines For Rituals Before Construction | An Architect Explains

It is recommended in Vastu Shastra, that one must perform certain rituals before and during the Construction of  a House. These rituals vary from place to place and according to different customs. I have collated some of the most common rituals followed in India, before the start of the construction. The purpose of doing a pooja is to psychologically give the Owner the confidence that the seemingly huge task of building a house can be accomplished without any problems, since the bare earth of the site (bhoomi) has been blessed and has acquired a divine life.

Being an Architect, I have been asked by my clients whether the Vastu guidelines regarding rituals before and during construction (Bhoomi pooja, griha pravesha etc) have any scientific basis. To that I say, they give you positivism and psychologically make you feel that you have sent away the old spirits dwelling in that space so that you can start a new, fresh life. Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for Rituals to be done before the commencement of the Construction, and the possible scientific reasons and logic on which they were based, so that you an decide what you want to follow and what you don’t:



ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA WHAT ARE THE RITUALS TO BE DONE JUST BEFORE CONSTRUCTION?
Vastu Shastra advocates five rituals or Poojas to be done before the actual construction begins. Since Vastu is a science, there is scientific reason for doing these rituals. They have been explained below:
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Vastu Pooja: The first ritual to be done before starting the construction, is a Vastu pooja or Bhoomi Pooja. This is ritualistic and should be done at an auspicious time and on an auspicious day, as fixed by your astrologer (normally it is done in the morning). The pooja should be done in the North-East corner of the site. The pooja should not be done if the woman in the household is more than seven months pregnant. The Reasoning –   The purpose of selecting an auspicious time and day is for the same reason. The reason why the pooja is not to be done when the woman of the house is heavily pregnant is obvious – since the pooja ceremony calls for sitting on the ground, it may be uncomfortable for the lady or cause premature delivery.

Note: Vastu Pooja is performed thrice during the construction as explained here:
At the start: As explained above, just before the start of the Construction.
In the middle: The second time is in the middle, at the time of fixing the Main door.
At the end: The third time is at the end during the Grahapravesham (House Warming Ceremony).

Clearing the Site – Before doing the pooja, the site should be cleared. Dirt, stones, holes in the ground, and trash should be removed. Thorny bushes should also be uprooted and removed.

Balidaana (Offertory ritual): This is the second ritual done before the start of Construction. Offerings are made and spirits and demons are requested to leave. The Reasoning – With this ritual, the Owner will psychologically feel that the site is purified and freed from any old associations and is receptive to a new beginning. It is like starting life from scratch without any stains.

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Levelling of the Site

Hala-Karshana (Levelling of site) : This is the third ritual, the leveling of the site wherein the Site is sloped according to Vastu guidelines for Site Slope, so that the Site is at a higher level than the road level and the South-West corner is higher than the North-East corner. Vastu also recommends that the whole site be ploughed to rid it of the past and give the soil a new life. The Reasoning – The leveling is done to create a proper slope from the South-West corner to the North-East corner to facilitate the proper flow of rain water. The reason for having the whole site ploughed is to remove any debris, unwanted stones, rocks etc or expose any pests which may be underground, as normally, the ground is dug only where the trenches for the foundation are marked. So some spots where there are pests may remain undetected and can cause problems after the structure comes up.

Ankuraa-Roopana (Sowing of seed): This is the fourth ritual, the sowing of the seed and a final offering to the memory of those who have left the place and is also the first offering to the new ploughed ground. The Reasoning – The germination of the seed gives a psychological feeling that the new undertaking will be fruitful, that a building will emerge from the ground without any problems.

Shilaanyaasa (Foundation laying): This is the fifth ritual, the foundation laying ceremony. The groundbreaking ceremony for the house should only be done during the Uttarayan period, when the sun is in the northern hemisphere, from December 21 through June 20. The Reasoning – It makes sense to start construction in the Uttarayan period, when the days are longer than the nights as the construction activity can go on at a rapid pace as there are more daylight hours during this period. The stone which is consecrated at the time of the Vastu Pooja, is laid first in the South-West corner of the trenches dug up for the foundation.

groundbreaking-vastuThis post was about the Rituals to be followed before construction. According to Vastu Shastra, the next stage in Construction is the digging of the well/borewell. Read about it here:

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18 thoughts on “Vastu Guidelines For Rituals Before Construction | An Architect Explains

  • June 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm
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    Incorrect info.Kindly consult the Manayadi Sastra book
    HI Shiva,
    I am aware that different books have different suggestions. I have given a rough summary of the most common Vastu suggestions. If you have expertise in this matter, please feel free to share it here, so that my readers can benefit from it.
    Admin

  • November 10, 2014 at 6:02 am
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    Sir
    I am in Bangalore. I am going to constr ct my old house in Chennai. We have done all legal procedure and applied for approval.Now I want to know that can the boomi puja be done in June or July ? As we expect the approval by June 15 we can do after that. Vasthu dates in the panchangam are June 4 and July 27. Pundits differ. Can you please guide me as per vasthu.
    Vijayalakshmi
    Hi Vijayalakshmi,
    Do the pooja after getting approval. Since the dates given to you are June 4th and July 27, but you expect the approval after June 15th, do it in July.
    Admin

  • March 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm
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    please repost ritual/puja to add front door during construction. That part is missing recently. I had seen it on this site a few months ago.
    Thanks,
    Hi Yamini,
    Thanks for pointing this out. Will post it soon.
    Admin

  • May 15, 2015 at 11:25 am
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    HI;

    my name is Ramakrishna G and my Brother Muralikrishna G we bought a site and planning to construct a house as soon as possible trying to know best dates and time to perfom bhoomi pooja to start construction, we are in Hyderabad, telangana.
    please suggest and our house site Road is on South so planning to construct house door facing east and gate facing south please suggest.
    Hi Ramakrishna,
    Planning an east facing door is fine. But I do not know anything about good dates and horoscopes. You will have to consult an astrologer.
    Admin

  • September 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm
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    Hi
    We bought a land in US and going to start construction . we have planned of doing vastu pooja and I am now 9 months pregnant . shall we proceed or should consider this after delivery .
    Hi Gayathiri,
    Postpone it for a few months. It is not practical to do the pooja while you are so heavily pregnant.
    Admin

  • November 9, 2015 at 6:01 am
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    I am purchasing a newly constructed flat, and would do no further construction but am planning to do significant interior works. My questions:
    – should griha pravesh be prior to start of interior works or post?
    – prior to griha pravesh can I light a few lamps in house on Diwali?
    – what are the best days for doing puja in Dec 2015 / Jan 2016…
    Hi Shivesh,
    I am not an astrologer or vastu pundit. So I request everyone to stop asking me questions related to auspicious dates or horoscopes etc. It makes sense to do a griha pravesh after all construction works including interior works are completed. In fact you should move into the house immediately after the pooja.
    You can light lamps etc after you have shifted in.
    Admin

  • December 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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    Hi,
    We are planning to buy a almost constructed house in US, just the wood polishing on the floor, fitting the appliances (fridge, oven, lights) is left. My wife is 3 months pregnant(Dec 2015).If we buy it now, we get it in 3 months from now (March 2016). can we buy it at this stage now? If yes, when can we do the house warming? Please let us know as early as you can.
    Thanks,
    Anil.
    Hi Anil,
    You can buy the house anytime, but the housewarming pooja should be done only after her delivery because most Indian grihapravesh poojas entail sitting on the floor cross legged, doing a lot of physically strenuous activities. But if you want to shift in before that, it can be done by doing a very basic pooja (boiling milk) on any auspicious date as recommended by your astrologer. Good luck with both the house and the baby!
    Admin

  • April 29, 2016 at 11:42 pm
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    Dear Sir,
    I want to make Bhoomi Pooja and start the construction on 3rd June 2016. But my wife is pregnant 7 Months. Kindly suggest to whether can i make the bhoomi pooja or not.
    Hi Ranjith,
    A bhoomi pooja may not have many rituals that require squatting. So it may not be a problem for your wife.
    Admin

  • July 11, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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    Dear Sir,
    Need your suggestion.
    I am planning to have the boomi puja done for my site in chennai. I have been given a date as 26.07.2016 as vastu day by one prohit for preforming the boomi puja. My doubt is
    1.This is in aadi masam or ashada month (tamil calender)
    2. secondly it is a Tuesday but a vasthu day.
    Pls advise me whether this date is O.k. in connection to these 2 points.
    (I am told on a vasthu day nothing matters regarding day and months. Kindly clarify)
    Hi Shyam
    I am neither an astrologer nor a vastu pundit. So It is better you consult another astrologer for a second opinion/date.
    Admin

  • August 16, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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    Dear sir,
    I want your advice for bhoomi pooja date & time in august2016
    Pooja place in chennai-61
    Hi Saravanan,
    Consult an astrologer.
    Admin

  • August 24, 2016 at 7:16 pm
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    Hi Sir
    Need your help
    1. I am planning to start construction immdly due to fund related because after that I am getting the fund in time
    2. My wife 2nd pregnancy 6th month now, pls advice whether we will do pooja & start construction 6th month pregnancy time
    3. If not, pls advice if there any solution
    Need your helpful suggestion
    Hi Rajesh,
    You can start of with the pooja. There may be a little discomfort for your wife but it has to be borne, since you need to start immediately.
    Admin

  • September 9, 2016 at 10:18 am
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    My wife is two months pragnent i want advice for boomi puja in octobwr -2016
    Hi Sreedhar,
    By october, I assume she will be 3 months and she should not have much difficulty in performing the rituals. So it should be fine.
    Admin

  • October 6, 2016 at 8:14 am
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    I want to purchase a plot and have searched in HUDA sector. Which plot I like that’s No is 1013. Some people say 13 number is not good. So that, I am in confusion. Kindly guide me at this stage.
    Thanks
    Hi Sardar Singh,
    If you are looking at numbers then your houses number is 1013 and not 13. So why fear.
    Admin

  • October 13, 2016 at 9:37 am
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    Namaste,
    We got a land in US and planing for construction. I am not pregnant yet but wanted to plan for another baby. Is it okay to plan for a baby when digging the earth for foundation and house construction.
    I heard people saying that one should not be pregnant when digging the earth for foundation. Please help me on this?
    Hi Sowmya,
    It is inconvenient to do poojas (that require sitting down) during pregnancy, so that is why it is discouraged. I dont feel there is anything wrong in planning for a baby.
    Admin

  • October 27, 2016 at 6:37 am
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    Hi sir ,
    We are going to lay foundation for our new home here in USA due to certain restrictions by the Texas state we are not allowed to pour anything in the dugged pit so what should I do can I say some prayers and what are the mantras required for bhoomi Puja
    Hi Kothari,
    You can do the regular bhumi pooja, just avoid putting something into the dug pit.
    Admin

  • November 1, 2016 at 5:34 am
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    Hi sir,
    Is it ok if the bhoomi puja is done alone if the lady of the house is unable to join due to monthly cycle.pls suggest as the date is fixed in advance.
    Hi Pradeep,
    I personally believe that for a griha pravesham, when your dream house is completed, both husband and wife should perform it together. But for the initial bhoomi pooja function, it is okay if she skips it.
    Admin

  • December 26, 2016 at 1:02 am
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    Hello,
    I have booked a flat & should get possesion in next 6 months. I have been suggested by a friend that I should place some auspicious stones in 4 corners & one in centre of the flat before the flooring is completed, as it would help to have positive energy in my flat.
    Plz let me know
    – Which are these 5 types of stones?
    – What should be the grammage of these stones?
    – Where can i get more information about it to read on?
    Rgds,
    Mandar.
    Hi Mandar,
    I am not sure about these stones. Best to consult your friend or a poojari.
    Admin

  • May 21, 2017 at 7:47 am
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    thanks
    Hi Vijay.
    You are most welcome.
    Admin

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