Personal Occassion Pujas
Traditionally Hindus place an immense importance to seek the lord's blessing on any personal event like Mundan, Birthday, Anniversary etc. As per Vedic belief conducting Pujas on such occasion is like inviting the lord to be a part of your happy moment. Explore further to choose a Puja and book a Pandit.
Griha Pravesh is a Hindu Vedic Puja whereby a newly constructed house is converted in to a home for living. Importance of this Puja is highlighted in the book no. 3 of Atharvaveda where it is mentioned:I enter this home with a kumbhafill it with ambrosia and anointall those who drink of this heavenly waterand protect this homeI enter this house to dwell in it.
With Agni, the immortal one, I enter and possess the house.
The Mantras and the smoke from the Havan adds positive vibrations to the whole house and makes it free from any previous negativity.
This Puja must be performed on the auspicious Muhurat as suggested by an expert astrologer or Pandit. This Puja should be performed only after the ceiling, doors and windows of the house are fixed. Though the Vidhi of this Puja varies from sect to sect but as a common practice, the Puja starts with lord Ganesha Puja to remove all the obstacles then Kalash Puja, Vastu Puja, boiling the milk over, breaking the coconut and sprinkling the water in the house from the Kalash.
Three types of Griha Pravesh have been mentioned in our ancient scriptures -
(1) Apoorva - First entry to live in the new house in a new field called Apoorva selected (new) Griha Pravesh.
(2) Sapoorva - Entry into an existing home to live in it after traveling abroad or migrating elsewhere, is called Sapoorva Griha Pravesh.
(3) Dwandwah - Entry into a house to live in it after reconstruction / renovation of the house damaged by fire, flood, electricity, wind, etc. it is termed as Dwandwah (or old) Griha Pravesh.
Griha Pravesh Puja should be performed in all of the above mentioned cases... Learn More
Birthday puja is done to revere the Ishta Dev and seeking his blessings to remove obstacles and make the year prosperous. Janamdin puja can be performed with the help of a priest who will pray on your behalf. Puja or rituals are based on the tradition of offerings made by you to the God and seeking the blessings in return. Puja done on this day helps in amplifying the positive impacts of exalted planets in the horoscope and reduces negative impacts of debilitated planets in the horoscope... Learn More
Mundan ceremony is done because it is believed that hairs of a new born carries negative effects of previous life karmas. By doing Mundan the child gets rid of negative influences of past life karmas. Ideally this ceremony should be performed on a odd month and odd year. First, third, fifth and seventh years after the birth are considered best for this ceremony.
Benefits of Mundan ceremony:
In most communities a mundan or first haircut is done in the belief that it purifies the child. Many also believe that a mundan helps in:-
- Getting rid of past life negativities
- Improving blood circulation
- Protecting the child from the evil eye
- Improving the child's immunity
- Some believe that it triggers the flow of of intelligence in the child..
- improving the growth of the baby's hair
Mundan usually begins by Ganesha Puja and a Havan. There after the priest sstarts shaving the hairs of the baby while reciting mantras. These shaved of hairs are later offered to a river.
Namkaran is a traditional Hindu practice of naming the child. This ceremony is less of a religious ceremony and more of a public ceremony. Namkaran ceremony is ideally conducted on the 12 day after the birth of the child. If it is not possible to conduct this ceremony on the 12th day after the birth then this ceremony can be done on the 101st day after the birth or on the first birthday of the child.
How is Namkaran puja performed?
Though the naming ceremony varies from community to community a most commonly practiced way of this ceremony is as follows: A priest is usually called to perform the religious rites or puja. This usually accompanies ahawan or homa. Baby is bathed and dressed in new clothes. Friends and relatives are invited to bless the new baby. The priest would perform puja and consult patri to suggest a letter which is good for baby. This is based on hindu astrology. Baby's horoscope is also drawn on this day. If parents have decided on a name, it is whispered in baby's ear by an elder of the family, usually the father or the maternal uncle of the child.
These days the ceremony is conducted, but the name is not always kept according to the custom. Parents usually prefer to have a name which they like and have decided upon... Learn More