Purchasing a property is considered as a big milestone in a person’s life, and Griha Pravesh or a house warming ceremony, is a manner of blessing the new property, so that the residents can have a happy and prosperous way of life in there.
What Is Griha Pravesh And why Is It important?
Griha Pravesh refers to a custom that people in different parts of India have been performing, that too for a very long time now. A custom observed in various regions of the country under different names, it seeks to bestow the blessings of the gods upon a new property, before the owners have taken residence.
Although small rituals are observed at different stages of construction of the property, a Griha Pravesh puja for villas or flats (for instance) is performed before moving into the house. In North and East India, a Griha Pravesh puja begins with the worship of Lord Ganesha, also known as Vighnaharta, remover of all obstacles.
Performing a yajna, alongside burning camphor lamps and blowing conch shell, as a means to purify the aura and bless the property, is what the ceremony entails.
Ancient scriptures including Puranas, Upanishads as well as the Vastu Shastra, assert the significance of Griha Pravesh on auspicious dates and state that dwelling in a new house must only happen after making the required offerings to the Gods and seeking their blessings. Not observing Griha Pravesh is believed to bring bad luck to the family.
Shubh Muhurat 2019
As per the scriptures, it is important to hold a Griha Pravesh on auspicious dates or shubh timings as stated in the Panchang or Hindu calendar and almanac.
The auspicious dates for Griha Pravesh in the year 2019 are as follows –
January or Magha
As per the Hindu calendar for 2019, the month of January presents no auspicious dates for a house warming ceremony. It is therefore suggested that those planning to move into their new houses, postpone the Griha Pravesh to February.
February or Faghun
There are quite a number of days in February that are regarded favorable for Griha Pravesh such as –
February 10th (Basant Panchami)
March or Chaitra
March brings in many a prospective dates for moving into a new house too, which are –
March 7, 8 and 9
One must avoid moving into a new property on March 21st, which falls eight days after Holi.
April or Vaishakha
The holy festival of Gudi Padwa, marking the Hindu New Year, falls in April and is considered one of the best times for Griha Pravesh. The festival falls on April 6th and is the only suitable day in this month.
May or Jyestha
The month of Vaishakha is regarded as an auspicious month in the Hindu calendar. Also known as Baisakh, it this year includes a few last days of April and the starting few of May. Housing-warming held on the following days shall therefore bring prosperity to the dwellers –
June or Ashadh
This year while a part of June falls in Jyestha, the remaining is Ashadh. Ashadh is regarded as an unfavorable time in the year, which is what makes it unfit for house warming ceremony. There however are a few days in Jyestha that will do for a Griha Pravesh, including –
July or Shravan, August or Bhadrapad, September or Ashwin
The months of July, August and September have no shubh timings for Griha Pravesh. Any such ritual in these months could lead to losses, troubles and even health issues.
October or Ashwin
There is only one auspicious date in the month of October for Griha Pravesh – October 30th.
November or Kartik
The month of November seems to be one of the holiest times of the year 2019, and auspicious dates for Griha Pravesh in this month are aplenty too. These include-
December or Marghsheesh, Paush
A few days in the initial part of December can be considered for a house warming ceremony as the inauspicious month of Paush soon follows. These dates are: –
December 6th and 7th
Moving into a new house is seen much like setting on a new adventure, and seeking the blessing of the gods will therefore help in keeping in your favor.