Griha Pravesh ceremony is the first entry into a newly built house. It is one of the important Hindu rituals in India. It even finds an important place in Vaastu Shastra, the astrological book of architecture. According to the book, after the new house is completed in all respects, an auspicious moment is determined on astrological considerations. To start living, the entry into the new house on this auspicious day is termed as the Graha Pravesh ritual.
According to the Holy Scriptures there are three types of Griha
Apoorva: Apoorva means new. It states the first entry to live in
a newly constructed house on a newly selected land.
Sapoorva: Sapoorva griha pravesh states the entry to live in an
already existing house after traveling abroad or migration elsewhere.
Dwandwah: Dwandwah or old Griha Pravesh states the entry to live
in a house after reconstruction or renovation on account of damage by
fire, flood waters, electricity, wind etc.
It is laid down in the scriptures that the Graha Pravesh ceremony
should take place at an auspicious time i.e. muhurat and defect-less
Panchang. For Apoorva Graha Pravesh stick to perfect auspicious time and
for Sapoorva and Dwandwah Graha Pravesh, the purity of Panchang should
be given priority. As far as possible Graha Pravesh should be performed
during the day time as it is considered auspicious. Normally, it can be
done at any auspicious moment in the day or night.
According to Vaastu, the first entry into the house should be done only
after the doors of a house are fitted with shutters, the roof is
covered, the God, Vaastu have been worshipped and offered sacrifices and
the priests have been offered feast. Failing to abide by this, one may
face troubles and problems in the new house. There are also some
specific months for Graha pravesh. These auspicious months give good
results and therefore should be followed.