SCIENTIFIC VASTU TIPS FOR HOUSE WARMING | An Architect Explains

Since all living spaces are said to be filled with unseen entities, the purification of the place by means of a pooja (ritual) and making it ready for occupation is a choice, most people make. Hence, a House-warming ceremony also known as Grahapravesha ceremony, is done after the completion of the building on the day the Owner occupies the building.
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Listed here under the following headings, are some of the Vastu Guidelines for the “grihaprvesham” or house warming ritual. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or don’t instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:

When should the Grahapravesham or house warming ritual be done?
What are the vastu guidelines to be followed in preparation of the house warming ritual?
What are the Vastu guidelines to be followed during the Grahapravesham ritual?
What are the Vastu guidelines to be followed after the Grahapravesham ceremony?

 


WHEN SHOULD THE GRAHAPRAVESHA- HOUSE WARMING CEREMONY BE DONE?

On an auspicious day: After the completion of the Building, the Grahapravesha ceremony should be done on an auspicious and good day selected, after consulting a priest or astrologer. The Reasoning – Before occupying the Building, the Owner will psychologically feel that he and his family will have good health, wealth and be protected in the new dwelling if a pooja (ritual) is done before entering it.

At an auspicious time:The Vastu Pooja should be done at an auspicious time after consulting a priest. Normally it is started at night and goes on till dawn. The Reasoning – As the pooja draws to a close, and dawn breaks with the morning sunlight streaming in, it signifies the ‘dawn’ of a new beginning for the inmates.

The house construction should have been completed before the ceremony: The building should be complete in all respects, before the Grahapravesham is held.  Even the upper floors should be ready for occupation. The Reasoning According to Vastu, after the house Warming ceremony, the Owner should start living in the House and should not keep it locked. Therefore, it should be completed in all respects, as otherwise, the remaining works will cause inconvenience and will be hazardous to the health of the inmates.

 


WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED IN PREPARATION OF THE GRAHAPRAVESHAM?

Cooking or using the toilet should be avoided before the ceremony. The Reasoning – All activities should commence only after the House has been blessed.

The building should be decorated before the Grahapravesham function

The Building should be scrupulously cleaned and decorated before the function. The main entrance door should be  decorated according to the custom of the Owner. The Reasoning – During the Grahapravesha ceremony, a higher power is invited to reside in the Building and so the building should be cleaned up. Moreover, guests who are invited will find the house inviting, if it is clean.

 


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WHAT ARE THE RITUALS TO BE FOLLOWED DURING GRIHAPRAVESHAM RITUAL?

Rituals during Grahapravesham: During the ceremony, the Owner and his family enter the Building and partake of the poojas (Rituals), which the priest performs in the Centre of the Building, to the imaginary Vastu Purusha. The Reasoning – The centre of the building is the Brahmastana or the place where Brahma (the supreme one) resides. The rituals performed by the priest gives the Owner the feeling that the building has been sanctified. Some of the rituals done include:

Milk boiling over

Five essential items: for the ceremony include, Milk which represents the element Water, Incense which is symbolic of Air, Flowers that represent Earth, Fire or Light that symbolises Fire and the sound of a Bell that represents Space. The Reasoning – In this way, all the Five elements of Nature are brought together and offered to the divine power to ensure prosperity and protection of the inmates.

Boiling of milk: The family’s deities are enshrined in the Pooja Room and the lady of the house boils milk, till it overflows. The milk is shared between the family members. The Reasoning – The boiling-over of milk signifies that there will always be an (overflow) abundance of happiness, wealth and peace in the building. The sharing of milk signifies that the family should share the good and the bad always.

Sprinkling of holy water: This is followed by prayers for good health, wealth and happiness. Finally holy water is sprinkled throughout the Building to purify all the corners. The Pooja fire is allowed to burn out and lot of sweet smelling smoke is allowed to pervade the house. This signifies that the Building has been purified.

 


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WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES TO BE FOLLOWED AFTER THE GRAHAPRAVESHAM RITUALS/PRAYER?

Grahapravesham lunch: After the rituals, the guests and all the workers who were involved in the construction, are treated to a lunch. The Reasoning – This is a to share the Owner’s happiness with his relatives and the workers who helped to make his dream a reality.

Gifts for the workers: The Reason – The workers engaged in the Construction are presented with gifts as a token of appreciation by the Owner.

Occupying the House: After the function, the family should from that very day, start living in the building. The Reasoning – The Grahapravesha signifies the beginning of a new life in the new Building and so the Owner and his family should stay there from that very day.


This post was about the the Grahapravesha ceremony, the final ritual to be done  after the completion of the building, just before occupying it. Also read about the other rituals that are done before construction:




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42 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU TIPS FOR HOUSE WARMING | An Architect Explains

  • September 21, 2011 at 8:59 am
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    I like your post for grahapravesh. I am about to move to a house which I just bought; after suffering for 7 years in the house I believe was not a lucky place for my family. Any way thanks and hope all these rituals will be beneficial.
    Thanks
    Hi Mrs Dinesh Sharma,
    Wish you all the very best in your new place. Let go of the negativity associated with your old house and start afresh.
    Admin

  • July 22, 2013 at 6:32 am
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    We are going to move to our new renovation house, Please provide me a good date and time for us to move in. Most probably end August begining Oct 2013. Is this month is ok? Thanks. Chitra Maniam,
    Hi Chitra,
    See, I am not a vastu pundit. I do not look at horoscopes or astrology.
    Admin

  • August 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm
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    Hi, we are moving to a new house on 9th of aug and we learnt yesterday that there was a death a month ago. Kindly suggest what to do?
    Hi Paridhi,
    I don’t know what to advise you. Like I have said in my posts, you need to be convinced before you buy a site/property or shift into a rented place. For that you have to stand in that place alone and try to feel the vibes. If you get good vibes then just go ahead with your intitution. Death is inevitable and can happen anywhere.
    Admin

  • October 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm
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    I am planning a pooja for my newly renovated home on Oct 20 ..pls advise if this is a good day and what time would u suggest as I am hoping for 9.30am. We r moving in on Fri 1 nov. I live in Perth,Western aust
    Hi Jaymi,
    See, I am not a vastu pundit. I do not look at horoscopes or astrology.
    Admin

  • January 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm
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    I am planning to have a house warming ceremony for my new house in Johor Bahru, Malaysia in March or April 2014. Could you give me some auspicious dates to choose from?
    Hi Vimala,
    See, I am not a vastu pundit. I do not look at horoscopes or astrology.
    Admin

  • April 22, 2014 at 4:12 am
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    Hi,
    we are planning to have house ceremony for my new house on may 1st 10:59 pm. is the night time is good for gruhapravesam
    Hi Neelima,
    I am not an astrologer or a pundit. So I cannot give you dates or good times.
    Admin

  • May 27, 2014 at 1:36 am
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    We are planning Gruh Pravesh of our re-sale purchased home after renovation. Please suggest the right mahurat. Details as follows:- 1) Tentative month of Vastu Puja: August, Sep, Oct -2014 2) Date of Birth: 16-JAN-2014, Time of Birth: 00:07:54 (HH:MM:SS) Moon sign- Kark, Sun Sign-Makar, Lagna sign-Kanya 3) House is North facing, purchased 2 years back in July-2012
    Regards, H J Jani
    Hi Harshvadan,
    Please note that I am not a vastu pundit or astrologer.
    Admin

  • June 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm
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    Thank you for this post! We are planning this ceremony and your explanations were very clear.

  • February 10, 2015 at 4:48 am
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    Hi,
    Can we move things to the new house before grava prevesh?
    Hi Sujatha,
    It is not advisable to shift your stuff before the Graha pravesh because during the pooja, the main ritual is to allow the sacred fire smoke to permeate the whole house. When you dump your things in the house, they could block the free movement of the smoke and you may not feel satisfied with the ritual.
    Admin

  • July 13, 2015 at 11:24 am
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    We live in USA. I signed up for a new construction home in Feb and a day later my grand father passed away. We went ahead with the construction of the property and the property construction is going to be finished in Sept. My question is can we perform gruhapravesham within one year of the death? We were planning on performing the gruhapravesham on Dasara. But some priest say we have to wait until the first year is complete after the death and some say 6 months is fine and you can perfrom the gruhapravesham. Please advice.
    Hi Vijay,
    It is all upto you. What you feel is right, is “right”. There is no need to consult 100 people and get confused. Make a decision with your family members and go ahead with the date you prefer.
    Admin

  • January 2, 2016 at 9:37 am
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    During house warming ceremony which pooja should do first vaastu pooja or ganapathi pooja.
    Hi Rajesh,
    Consult the poojari who will be doing it for you.
    Admin

  • January 28, 2016 at 4:49 am
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    1. If we don’t plan to stay in the newly purchased house, but plan to give it on rent, do we have to perform gruhapravesham rituals?
    2. If so, do we have to stay overnight?
    Hi,
    It’s your house and so you should do the rituals and stay overnight, if suggested by your priest. Rituals help to create a positive ambience and convert a mass of bricks and stone into a space condusive for living. So do not skip the ritual. Also, personally I feel this is an occasion for you to be thankful for your acquisition.
    Admin

  • March 7, 2016 at 8:45 pm
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    Hi, Very good info on vastu pooja.
    i have bought resale 1 bhk in pune area and already vastu pooja was done by first buyer so now we are planning to move this flat so need to know below things
    1) can we move first and then do vastu pooja ? 2nd april we are planning to move and then vastu pooja on 08th april on gudipadva?
    2) already vastu pooja was done by first buyer so no issue for us to do again vastu pooja 2nd time….what are preparations if any
    we appricate if you give your valuable view on above doubts.
    thanking you,
    mahadev
    Hi Mahadev,
    You can do the pooja after moving in. Consult the poojari that will be doing the pooja.
    Admin

  • April 16, 2016 at 11:38 pm
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    Hi, i know u r not an astrologer but still juz suggest me we r planning to move to new a house next month on akshya trutiya is it will be k bec some r telling that there is no auspcious time till aug…we cant wait till aug can u suggest me anythng please…h….i have doubt that while entering to a new home we can take cylinder first to a home …is its gud or bad bec for boiling a milk we need it so
    Hi Sangeetha,
    Akshaya tritya is an auspicious day, so I assume any auspicious activity can be done on this day. If you have a doubt about taking the cylinder, then take some other thing that you consider auspicious first into the house and then take the gas cylinder.
    Admin

  • April 23, 2016 at 8:01 am
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    Hi,
    I like your detailed information about gruhapravesam.
    We live in USA and recently signed a contract for the old home. The keys will be hand over to us by the End of May 2016. What are the other alternatives we have if there is no gruhapravesa Muhurtam until August 2016? As we have no choice other than moving into that house before August. Below are my husband’s details: Rambabu Nadakudati, Star: Pubba 4th pad, Rasi: simha
    Please advice us.
    Thanks,
    Madhavi
    Hi Madhavi,
    Thank you for your compliments. I cannot help you with your doubts. Better to consult an astrologer.
    Admin

  • May 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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    Hi,
    We are planning for house warming on June and planning to shift to new house by september as few work is yet to be done.
    House is not fully completed , please suggest what are all the main things constructed to do house warming.
    Building is fully done , few more works are pending inside the home.
    As we did not find any auspicious day on september as per our horoscope , we are planning to perform it on June.
    Please advice.
    Hi Sherry,
    According to me it is all a matter of convenience. If june is the best time you have for the house warming, then go ahead. It is okay even if some works are pending.
    Admin

  • May 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm
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    We have seen a house for rent. Can you pls suggest an auspicious day and time for milk boiling ceremony any time before May 31, 2016 ?
    Hi Srinivas,
    Consult an astrologer.
    Admin

  • October 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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    Hi,
    the above is very interesting and lots of useful messages. i got a question, can I move all my things and arrange them before I do the pooja or shouldi shift the household things after the pooja?
    Thanks
    Hi Pranav,
    It is preferable to shift everything after the pooja.
    Admin

  • November 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm
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    hii admin
    I have gone thru many websites but my doubt still persist..I came across this article similar way. Only thing in general I want to know is whether can we perform Sapoorva gruhapravesham in evening or night times. I mean to move into rented house .?
    hope I can get some answer
    thank you
    Hi Nisarga,
    I am not sure of this sapoorva gruhapravesham. Consult your poojari.
    Admin

  • November 9, 2016 at 6:17 am
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    can we start cooking on the first day of Grahapravesham.i was told you should not do any frying work on d 1st day of prayers
    Hi Raji,
    I am not sure about these rules. Better to follow whatever your poojari and elders instruct you.
    Admin

  • November 27, 2016 at 12:10 am
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    Is it mandatory to perform pooja within a year of starting the construction, because the construction is almost over but still 2 months work is pending. By the time of completion it crosses one year.
    Hi NVS,
    There is no hard and fast rule that the pooja should be done within a year. Do it after the completion of the building.
    Admin

  • November 28, 2016 at 3:53 am
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    Our priest told us that while boiling milk during a house warming ceremony, it may not be good if the milk falls more towards south-west. It is always better if it falls all around or more towards East & North. Is it true and what does it mean if milk tends to falls towards south-east when kept for boiling and overflowing during a house warming ceremony?
    Hi Venkatesh,
    Honestly I do not know the significance of the direction in which the milk overflows. To me it is sufficient to see the milk overflowing as it signifies an overflowing of good things in this house.
    Admin

  • December 15, 2016 at 12:37 am
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    1. We have to do grahpravesh first then we can shift our stuffs??
    2.After grahpravesh, how can we stay there without any stuffs??
    3. Can we carry some stuffs during grahpravesh so that we can stay there for 3 nights or 1 night and next day we will shift all the stuffs.
    4. Staying at home after grahpravesh is for full day or just need to stay for night??
    Hi Ranjana,
    You can carry the stuff you need for one night.
    Admin

  • January 16, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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    Hi, Can we do Grihapravesam before I terror works. Some people are suggesting that we can do Grihapravesam and live there for three days abd then after interiors can shift permanently. Please add your suggestions.

  • January 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm
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    We have move the existing needy things or small things before house warming on January 30 2017. Would it bring bad luck..

  • March 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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    We have seen a house on rent in Los Angles, Claifornia. Can you pls suggest an auspicious day and time for Ghar pravesh and milk boiling ceremony any time before March 13, 2017

  • March 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm
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    Shall we do grahpravesh after renovations​ of house is it required since all ready it was do e long year back when we brought new home and we stayed for long year there but renovation was done this month so what you suggest us to do grahpravesh or any other pooja

  • April 20, 2017 at 10:31 am
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    Hello we are purchasing a previously owned older house in U.S. We plan on having some renovation done prior to moving in. Does all the renovation need to be complete before performing grahpravesh and moving in? Also anything special we should do before the start of renovations?

  • May 2, 2017 at 11:28 am
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    We have purchased a previously owned house in the U.S. We are getting some renovations done (bathrooms, kitchen, flooring). Do all the renovations need to be complete before we do grahapravesh & vastu puja and move in?

  • May 15, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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    Sir we are moving to new place where our stuff is reaching one day before puja as owner has done puja we are going on rent base so can we move our stuff first later milk boiling

  • June 17, 2017 at 10:04 am
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    Hi

    I am from Bangalore and I getting possession of my new home on 20th July 2017. I wanted to do the Griha Pravesh pooja before starting the interiors. I see that there are no good dates for Pooja before 13th Nov’17. Is it alright to start the interiors without the Griha Pravesha pooja? Can I do the pooja after interiors completion before finally moving in?
    Please advise.

  • June 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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    We have already performed GruhaPravesha in our own house that we bough couple of years back and have rented the house since then.. Now, we are going to occupy our house… Do we have to perform any pooja again before we move in now. Please advise..

  • September 18, 2017 at 1:04 am
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    Hi,

    House is completed but some cup boards needs to be fixed. Can we do those things after shifting in house???

  • October 31, 2017 at 4:08 am
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    after griha pravesh for how many days we should nt HV to lock d hous??

  • November 1, 2017 at 6:08 am
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    Hi
    we are planning for house warming ceremony in this month and we wont move into the house immediately due to some constraints. Probably it takes 6 months to move into new house. My doubt is it is good to have leave house for 6 months empty after house warming ceremony or shall i postpone the ceremony to time whenever i will ready to move and stay in the new house.
    Please advise. I heard so many arguments and confused with all those.

  • August 26, 2018 at 8:40 am
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    Hi mam, we have celebrated our house warming ceremony but due to some situations we hav not stayed in our house. My question is:will it leads to some problem

  • March 28, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    My husband is going out of town, can we lock the door after gruhapravesham.. it is done on sunday now today he is going out of station that is on thurday… can we lock the door.

  • May 13, 2020 at 6:06 pm
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    During grihaprevesha milk over flow in West direction first then east is it good

  • December 13, 2020 at 5:47 pm
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    My father’s brother was expired on last month,can we do gruhapravesham after a month.
    Please let me know whether will do or not.
    Otherwise will do Pooja with my friends and we stay in the newhouse.

  • June 25, 2021 at 3:53 pm
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    hello, we bought a house from a friend , agreed to pay what he wanted and shook on it- he said he was committed to it and we scheduled the pooja and signing. however somehow the signing ended up getting delayed but was still agreed to go through within the week- we already had done the pooja and suddenly a few days after the owner says he is selling the house to try and get more money. We had already started moving in and had to take everything out. Any advice? Thanks!
    Hi Arya,
    As long as there were no legal documents drawn up, I guess you cant take any action legally. A lawyer can help you. The best way to move forward is to forget this bitter experience and look out for some other place. I can only wish you luck in finding a good house.
    Admin

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