Griha Pravesh Pooja is an important ritual when Pooja is performed before entering a newly constructed house. Ancient Hindu Vedic tradition has its own significance and its own ritual. For people who live in the West, it might as well sound funny to them that people in the East, especially from South Asia, perform some ritual or Pooja before entering a new house. But, this very thing is our tradition and we have followed this for many years now, almost centuries.
While entering a new house, as per the Vedic tradition, a Navagrahahanti and Vastushanti homam is performed. This act as a remedy for whatever malefic influences are present in the house and removes the ‘vastu doshas’. A Hindu priest is hired for the Pooja, and he performs Pooja, Hawan, utters vedic incantations and after hours of Pooja, he deems that it is now appropriate to enter the house and start living there.
The Navagraha Pooja is performed in the prescribed manner with the Nava Dravyas of the 9 planets. Navagraha Sooktam is recited and 108 Namavalis of all the 9 planets are recited. Then Vastu Shanti Pooja is performed plus recital of Sri Rudram and the pancha suktas followed by homam with the prescribed materials. This Pooja is performed by 2 pundits.
Griha Pravesh Pooja, hence, becomes an important part of our tradition and culture. It is almost necessary to perform before anybody from Nepal or India wants to shift to a new house. It important because it is believed that such Pooja performed before shifting to the new house will bring all the good fortunes and clear all the bad and negative influences.