Aarti Natarajan Sharma
Griha Pravesh is a Hindu ceremony performed when a person enters their new home to live in for the first time. Entering a new house is considered to be a big achievement and one that needs to be blessed by the divine.
It is believed that doing a puja and seeking gods’ blessings brings about good luck and peace to the inhabitants of the house. It is also believed that the puja purifies the house of all negative emotions and events which the previous home dwellers might have faced. The ceremony of Griha Pravesh is said to create positive life energy in the house, thereby ensuring happy times for the people who live in it.
Apart from a puja or havan, Griha Pravesh also involves inviting close friends and family over to see the house and bless the people moving into it. This usually includes an elaborate lunch for the guests. On their part, the guests bring gifts, especially for the house.
There is a wide range of gifts available these days for almost all occasions. Let’s take a look at some of the popular categories for the occasion of Griha Pravesh.
Lord Ganesh is worshipped at the start of anything new. It is considered to be extremely auspicious to gift anything related to Lord Ganesh, especially for someone moving into a new house. This could be an idol of Lord Ganesh, a prayer book or chalisa in praise of him or other religious books dedicated to him. This is one category you can’t go wrong with.
Plants are always a welcome gift, especially when starting out afresh in a new house. You can choose from a wide variety of air purifying plants or a money plant or even a bamboo plant which is considered to be very lucky for the recipients.
Even if people already have a lot of kitchen items, it’s always a thrill to use new things especially in a new house! These could include cutlery sets, dinner sets, or kitchen appliances.
It is best to check with the person whom you are buying for, though, before you buy any appliance for them. It’s best to avoid an overlap.
For the lovers of stationery, there can be no better gift than to receive an assortment of stationery items. You could look for sets that have practical and daily use; products such as writing paper and envelopes or a pen stand. There are also stationery sets available in the market that make for wonderful gifts.
Gifting something related to spirituality and devotion is always a good idea. Especially at the start of something new, it’s considered auspicious to give a gift that you know will provide blessings to the recipient. You can choose from products such as devotional book sets dedicated to a particular god, prayer books or chalisas, idols of gods or even paintings of gods.
Over the last decade or so, personalised gifts have become extremely popular. It is always pleasing to receive a gift with one’s name or photograph on it. You can choose from things such as photo mugs, name-inscribed stationery sets and pens, diaries and notebooks with a special message, etc.
Moving into a new home is a momentous event and the gift should reflect the magnitude of the occasion. Even if you are unable to attend the Griha Pravesh ceremony, you can always look for gifts that may be ordered online. Marking your presence and blessings on this occasion is important, especially if it concerns a close friend or family member.