Vastu Shanti, Griha Shanti

Vastu Shastra

'Vastu' in Sanskrit means nature,a surrounding, environment or any existing thing,such as house, shelter building etc. 'Shastra' in Sanskrit means Science.Vastu shastra is an ancient concept and skill of deciding the locations,orientations etc. of new buildings.It maintains a proper balance between man and the nature,which brings good fortune,good health, wealth and prosperity.

Griha Pravesh

It is the first entry into a new house,on an auspicious day and time(called Muhurat),determined by the astrologer.Griha Pravesh on the day of Amavas (black moon) and Tuesday, is not advisable. The house should not be locked for a few days after the Griha Pravesh, since it is considered as inauspicious. Our ancient scriptures mention three types of griha pravesh,namely-Apoorva,Sapoorva and Dwandwah.

Apoorva Griha Pravesh

This is the first entry in to a newly constructed house on a new plot, when the sun is in the uttarayan position;

Sapoorva Griha Pravesh

This the entry into an already existing house,on migration elsewhere.

Dwandwah Griha Pravesh

This is the entry into a house,reconstructed after a damage due to various reasons like,fire, flood etc.when Guru (Jupiter) or Shukra (Venus) is setting.

Auspicious Times / Muhurats

Auspicious time and the significance is as follows
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Auspicious
Magh (parts of Jan / Feb) Wealth growing
Falgun (parts of Feb / Mar) Gain of wealth & Child
Baishak (parts of Apr / May) Good success
Jeshtha (parts of May / Jun) Gain of child and cattle

Nothing special
Kartik (parts of Oct / Nov)
Margshirsh (parts of Nov / Dec)

Inauspicious
Ashadh (parts of Jun / Jul)
Bhadrapad (parts of Aug / Sept)
Ashwin (parts of Sept / Oct)
Paush (parts of Dec / Jan)

Vastu pooja
Vastu pooja for the deity of the Vastu, is performed outside the house before the first proper entry into the house.Then,a pot of copper is filled with water,grains and a rupee coin is placed on it.

A coconut wrapped in a red cloth tied with a red thread is placed on the top of the pot(Called 'Moli').Then the pooja is performed by the priest,when the owner of the house or the couple carries the 'Moli' in the house together and place it near the pooja place.

Vastu Shanti
Vastu shanti is performed with the pooja of Fire-God.It is performed to purify the Vastu(house) and prevent it from thenegative effects of the planets and vibrations. After the pooja a meal of prasad(divine food) is given to the guests. Ganpathi pooja,the Satyanarayan pooja and the Lakshmi pooja are optional and are performed if recommended by the 'Brahmin'.

Vastu Yantra

Yantras are used to reduce the Vastu dosh(adverse effect).The Yantra is placed in places ,which has Vastu dosh.It balances the defects on the energetic plane. It subsides all the bad effects of the Vastu and brings good fortune,good health,wealth and prosperity.

There may be certain inherent faults of location or direction of a Vastu, which needs remedy.The Vaastu Yantra creates positive vibrations. There are two ways to place this Yantra.This Yantra is buried under the ground before or after construction, with due rituals.Else,it is installed at the worship place.