According to the story inscribed in Matsya Purana there was a demon named ANDHAKA who was killed by Lord Shiva after a long fight between them. As the fight prolonged for a long time, lord Shiva was very tired and was sweating copiously. A man was born out of the drops of Shiva’s sweat that fell on the ground. He was very cruel and was very hungry. So he decided to make forfeit with the god to appease him so that he can get a boon from him.
Lord Shiva was very much pleased by him and offered him the boon of his choice. The devotee demanded for the permission to eat up all the three worlds. Shiva being bound by his promise offered him the boon. All the deities and rakshshas were terrified due to this and decided to hold down the devotee to the earth so as to protect the universe from destruction.
The devotee being overpowered like this requested all the gods to abide him from such pain. Being pleased by his prayers lord Brahma bestowed him a boon that he would be worshipped by everyone when any plots or construction work is to be initiated. Since then the worship of Vastu-Purusha has been in vogue and it has become compulsory for those who want to construct any kind of building.
The rituals and procedures for Vastu Puja- commonly known as “Graha-pravesh Puja” are taken from the “Matsya Purana”.
Before starting with “Graha-pravesh Puja”, Mother Earth (Bhoomi) is worshiped first with the procedures of Bhoomi- Poojan:
There are three types of Graha Pravesh:
* First entry to live in a newly built up house on a newly selected land. This is called Apoorva or new Graha Pravesh.
* Entry in an already existing house to live in after traveling abroad or migration elsewhere or coming back after staying at some other place. This is called Sapoorva Graha Pravesh
* Entry to live in a house after renovation or reconstruction of the house which is damaged by fire, floods, water, electricity and wind.This is called Dwandwah or old Graha Pravesh.
Furthermore, the tithies (dates according to lunar calender) 4, 9, 14 and Amavasya (new moon night) should be avoided. Griha pravesh should not be held on a Tuesday.
GRIHA PRAVESH ZEREMONIE ELEMENTS
Vastu pooja for vastu devata is performed outside the house before the actual entry into the house. A copper pot is filled with water, navadhanya (nine kinds of grains) and one rupee coin. A coconut is then placed on the top of the pot. Coconut is covered with the red cloth and tied with the red thread called moli. After this the priest performs the pooja, add the husband and wife take this copper pot in the house together and place it near the havan (ceremonial fire).
Vastu shanti or Griha shanti, involves the havan. A havan is performed to prevent harmful influences of the planets, remove negative vibrations and create a peaceful environment. Once all the poojas are concluded, a feast is offered to the priest. He is also given some dakshina or fees for his services and good wishes.
These two poojas are essential. Other poojas like the Ganpathi pooja, the Satyanarayan pooja ot the Lakshmi pooja are optional, and can be performed if priest recommends them.
Vastu means the dwelling of humans and Gods. Vastu shastra is an ancient science which helps one get the benefits freely offered by the basic elements of the universe.
These basic elements are Akash (SKY), Prithvi (EARTH), Paani (WATER), Agni (FIRE), and Vayu (WIND).
Vaastu Shanti worship is originally a worship of lord and deity of directions, five elements of nature as well as natural forces and other related stuffs.
We perform Vaastu Shanti (worship of deity and lord of nature and their elements and natural forces as well as lord and deity of directions and environment) to remove any type of Vaastu dosha whether it’s a land and building, nature or environment, by Vaastu shastra worship to avoid major changes and demolition in the structure of building.
We must do Vaastu shanti in the following circumstances to avoid adverse effect (circumstances) by nature and environment.
When one chooses against Vaastu parameters.
Construction of building against the Vaastu rules and money short comings remain in the structure.
Due to errors in interior arrangement of concerned rooms and buildings.
When someone buys an old home.
At the time of renovation of home or business places.
When we have been living for 10 years continuously.
After coming back from a foreign trip for a long time.
At the time of inauguration of a new home.
A glance on this service is:
Shree Ganapati Pujan
Kalash Sthapan and Poojan
Shodeshmater ka Poojan
Accharya aade ka varen
Navagraha Sthapan and Poojan
Vaastumandala Poojan and Sthaapan
Vaastu Devta Hom
Jaldugeddhara and Dhwaja Pataka Sthapan
All abovementioned things are part of recorded Vaastu Shanti pooja.
Sankatik Vaastu Shanti (symbolic Vaastu Shanti):
There is also a sanketik Vaastu Shanti worship method, in this method we follow some unavoidable part of recorded Vaastu Shanti worship, its symbolic Vaastu Shanti worship instead of recorded Vaastu Shanti worship.
Removal of Vaastu Dosha (DEFECTS):
Let us see some of the remedies to remove Vaastu Dosh (defects) which actually is there in the premises of one’s residential places or one’s business place.
1)Ganesh pooja, Navagrah Shanti & pooja of Vaastu purush.
2)Navachandi Yagya, Shantipath, agnihotra yagya.
3)Vaastu purush idol, Nag (snake) made of silver, copper wire, pearl and powla all these items to be put in a red cloth with red earth and keep that in East direction.
4)Red sand cashew nut, Powla in red cloth – keep that in West direction on Tuesday and worshiping that with seemed incense will bring peace in house.
Old buildings should be demolished after permission of Vaastu Purush by a proper prayer.
5)During demolition a earthen pot, water, or seat etc should not be taken home.
6)Daily worship the entrance step – worship with Swastik – Design of Earthenware Pot., Shubh-Labh etc. with Rice and Kumkum. Do not enter the house putting your entrance step.
7)Rakhshoghna Sukta jaap, Homa and anusthan should be done.
8)Recite this mantra 12500 times – starting from Tuesday – minimum 108 times daily till 12500 are over “Om Namo Bhagvati Vaastu Devtay Namah” – Do Dasamsa Home in the end.
9)Prayers to Vaastu Purush.
10)If South-West is cut or there is uneasiness in the family, do PitruShanti, Pindadan, Nagabali, Narayan Bali etc.
11)Do Rudri – On every Monday and every Amavasya day.
12)Keep photo or idol of Ganpati in house.
13)Pooja Room is very essential in every home.
14)Do not perform Griha Pravesh without doing Navagraha Shanti.
15)The house which is vacant since some years should be taken in use after doing Vaastu Shanti. After doing Vaastu Shanti – do not keep that house empty for more than 3 months.
16)Never keep underground cellar empty.
17)Do not keep South-West room vacant.
18)Light a lamp daily evening near water pot in the house.
19)Perform Grah Shanti every year because we do many sinful things in our life.