We, in our life, toil day in and day out. We common people have an only dream and that is to own our very own house. In spite of working tirelessly throughout the day or even after applying for a loan etc, it is not always that this dream of ours turns in to a reality. For this dream to be tangible, we also have to have the appropriate support of fate and fortune. According to studies in astrology, our fortune to own a house or property is decided from the ‘Chaturtha sthana’ (the fourth place) of our kundali.
When fates as well as the positions of the planets controlling our zodiac signs are appropriate, only then does our dream of owning our house takes shape and form. After this, the feeling of ecstasy which we happen to experience is incomparable to any other happiness which we have either experienced in the past or might experience in the future. As time passes, this happiness also begins to wean and is substituted by gloom, various illness etc. And then we begin to wonder whether this has anything to do with our place of residence, do any supernatural powers haunt our house (Vaastu), has somebody spelt a bad omen for us? After analyzing all these things, the one thing that comes to light is that we have not performed rituals appropriate to the housewarming of our abode that is ‘VaastuShanti’. Then you approach us and we then look for an auspicious occasion for the ceremony of your VaastuShanti.
For your reference and information, we give below a list of days that are inauspicious or ominous to perform the rituals of VaastuShanti. Please do take note of the same while contemplating your VaastuShanti:
Month -- Chaitra Sampoorna, Ashwin Sampoorna, Aadhik Mahina.
Tithi-- No moon day (Aamavasya), KshayaTithi and Rikta Tithi.
Day -- Sunday, Tuesday.
These days should be omitted for the VaastuShanti.
Let us now actually see what goes in to performing the rituals for VaastuPooja.
Primarily, you should ensure the purity of your residence. We astrologers (Guruji), after arriving at your residence, make all the arrangements for the Vaastu Pooja, facing the east direction. You are expected to keep things ready for the pooja. The host is also expected to complete his ablutions, with the same applicable to the spouse as well. After getting dressed in the holy pooja attire, the hosts should enter the VaastuMandap and adorn their respective seats. Keep a Tambya (mug), Tamhan (A holy Hindu Cauldron), Pela (glass), Pali (ladle) in front of you. The guruji then applies a Tilak (a round red mark applied on the forehead) in the shape of Swastika on your forehead. And also present you with a special sacred cloth (Paavitra). Then after performing the ‘KeshVaadi Aachman’ you are expected to do the pranayaam. After vowing for ‘ShaantiSukta’, the host should make an offering of beetle leaves, coconut to the gods and also call upon the gods for VaastuShanti. After paying due respects and prostrating before the gods and other elderly people and the Brahmins, take the idol of the gods in your hands and return to your respective seat. Again perform the ‘Aachman’ followed by the pranayaam.
Main Vow - Offer the host to make the vow with holy waters, Sacred offering of rice (Akshata), flowers and a coin in their hands. The vow is nothing but pronouncing the ‘Panchangas’ i.e. where Am I sitting today on the earth, at which place, what is the astrological planetary position in the sky, what is today’s day, date, tithi, position of the Nakshatraas etc. After calling upon the aforementioned Panchangas, spell out your lineage (Gotra). Then after calling out your own name, your are expected to cite out reason for performing this ritual, for whom and for what benefit are you performing this ritual etc. These all things comprise the Main Vow.
The VaastuShanti Vow - While planning for construction on this land, whatever atrocities inflicted on the mother earth, while land digging, tilling, leveling, cutting, building, scorching, treading the land etc as also while extracting minerals and valuable metals such as gold, silver, lead, iron, copper, bronze, magnesium, precious stones etc, also injuries inflicted or sins created due to the unknowing annihilation of various insects, worms etc while performing these activities should be forgiven and I should be bestowed with eternal peace and long lasting happiness in this new abode of mine. Let all my aspirations bear success, let my foes be destroyed and let my loved ones be blessed with a long life. Let me also be blessed with foodgrains, children, success, fame, prosperity in abundance. Let the VaastuPurush shower his well being on me and let the new positions of the planets be favorable and auspicious to me. And this is why I am performing this VaastuShanti. Then after a second resolution of Vaastushanti is done which says; I will perform Ganeshpoojan, Punyahavaachan, Matrukapoojan, Naandishraddha, Acharyadivaran, Digrakshaman, Panchagvyakaran, Bhoomipoojan, Sthandeel Nirmaan, Sanskar, Agnisthapana, Vaastumandal Devata Sthapana, Pradhan Kalash Sthapan, along with Vaastu (Vaastusahit) Dhruva Devata Poojan, Navagrahamandal Devata Sthapan, after doing Rudrapoojan, I will perform Havana, Uttarpoojan, Purnaahutee, Vaastunikshep as they are the indispensable rituals and intrinsic of this Vaastushanti.
After paying due respects and after completing Ganeshasmarana, Kalash poojan, Shankha (Conch) – Ghanta (bell) poojan, Deepapoojan, Aadityapoojan, Aasan poojan is performed.