Griha Pravesh (House Warming Ceremony)
Griha Pravesh is a Puja, a ceremony that is synonymous with House Warming Ceremony. The particular Puja is performed at the time of first entry into the house. First entry can be into a newly constructed house, acquiring an existing house or entering in house after reconstruction.
The custom is to bless the house and the residents, to keep evil forces away and to maintain prosperity as long as resident plan to live in the house.
An auspicious time (muhurta) is selected for pravesh (entry) and puja is performed to invoke the gods and witness the ceremony.
According to Hindu culture, there are three types of Griha Pravesh are performed.
Apoorva: The ceremony is performed when resident enters first time into a newly built house on a newly selected land. An accurate time, information about resident, house location and address matters for this ceremony.
Sapoorva: The ceremony is performed when resident enters first time into an existing house after taking the possession or traveling abroad. Panchang (almanac) is primarily referred for this ceremony.
Dwandwah: The ceremony is performed when resident enters an old (dwandwah) property after significant damage to the property from some natural calamity. For the ceremony, Panchang (almanac) is referred for the auspicious time.