By: Shyamli Thakur
India is drowned in endless supernatural beliefs that can either make life a bed of roses or a complete nightmare.
Superstitions in India dates back to thousands of years and have been an enormous segment of Indian culture and tradition.
Although, majority of educated Indians call themselves modern and rational, at times they can’t help acting on some prevalent legends.
Therefore it shouldn’t surprise you that Indians mindlessly follow some superstitions even while entering a new house.
This is done to ensure that no misfortune befalls them or the new house they’re moving into. After all, nobody is foolish enough to tempt fate, isn’t it?
The myth lingers on that if one doesn’t abide by these legends, the family will be tormented by the evil forces in the house. Here, we’ve master-crafted a list of widespread Indian superstitions when moving into a new house.
Date, day and time matter in India when moving into a new house
Natives of India believe that it’s extremely important to proceed with the relocation endeavor on auspicious date, day and time. Why you may wonder?
Indians are firm believers that tasks should be carried out on perfect time to ensure a trouble-free transition to your new abode. For this, a learned priest is consulted who assigns the most suitable date, day and time.
The priest refers to the Hindu calendar to analyze some crucial astrological aspects. From the phases of the moon to lunar mansions to numerology and zodiac, there are certain things to be considered before moving into a new house. Also, the first day of the lunar calendar, and full moon are considered the most auspicious days.
Perform Vastru Pooja (Architectural Worship)
Did you know that architectural flaws of the house affect the wellbeing of the residents to a great extent? This is the main reason why Indians put a great emphasis on having ‘Vastru Pooja’.
An expert on the ‘Science of Architecture’ is consulted to eliminate any defect from the construction by pleasing ‘Vastru Purush’, powerful spirit that protects the building!
Vastru Pooja holds the utmost importance and is carried out in several ways as the budget permits. This deeply-rooted tradition ascertains that the house is absolutely free from any negative vitality.
What’s more, you may wonder? This ritual is also believed to shower the house with happiness, prosperity and stability.
Light the fire
Fire is one of the five elements of nature and is considered pious all over the world. Similarly, in India a grand fire ritual is hosted on the threshold of house to dispel negative energies. The legend claims that the blazing flame produced takes in all the malignant forces.
In order for this ritual to have desired consequences, a learned priest guides the family members to complete the process. Only then the domestic spirits will be contented, and welcome the family to share the dwelling.
If this superstition is skipped the pestered spirits won’t let the family stay peacefully and unfortunate things take place.
Put forward your right footstep when stepping into your new home
In India moving into a new house has a plethora of superstitions and woes betide the families who disregard them. One such old-wife’s tale is to step over the threshold of the house with the right foot.
The origin of this myth could be because people are prejudiced that anything on the right can never be wrong. After all right is right!
This has no scientific backing at all but natives of India follow it thoughtlessly for it runs in their blood. It might surprise you that even the guests are expected to be mindful of which foot they put forth.
This simple act is considered a good omen that marks the inflow of endless good fortunes inside the house. Also, make sure to exit through the same door to or it’s taken as a bad omen.
Don’t forget to bring salt, rice and broom
On the auspicious day it’s recommended to double check that you’ve carried some salt, rice and a new broom. Salt and rice are symbolical items to ascertain family never experiences hunger once they relocate to the new abode.
Moreover, salt is supposed to have the supernatural power to shield the house from the influence of black magic.
Why a new broom, you may wonder? Indians assume carrying used broom from the old house to the new haven brings malefic spirits along with it. Therefore, families purchase a brand new broom to sweep their new place.
Although it’s toilsome to trace the root of these centuries-old superstitions, they’re widely believed and can’t be shaken off completely.
A typical house-warming ceremony in India
‘Griha Pravesh’ is an Indian version of house-warming ceremony which is unlike the western way of guests constellating to have a whale of time. To commence ‘Griha Pravesh’ a small shrine area is set up with a consecrated figurine of a deity you’ve complete faith in.
Other prerequisites for the completion of this ritual are an earthen lamp, incense sticks and holy water.
All these things are believed to sanctify the house by scattering the existing atrophic energies. Lighting the earthen lamp is presumed to invite light and good fortunes by casting away darkness, literally and figuratively!
Much-believed myth state that incense sticks hold mystical energy to magnify the impact of the prayer recited during the ritual. And the holy water consisting drops from the Ganges River, tap water and cow’s urine is an effective way to purify the house.
Be happy over spilt milk
After ‘Griha Pravesh’ the head female figure of the family enters the kitchen to boil milk in an open-pot until it starts to spill. While some people scoff at this practice, many believe that the tradition signifies abundance of prosperity, wealth and success.
Although India is influenced by modern and pop culture, people still abide by these superstitions when moving into a new house to summon positive energy.
Written by: Shyamli Thakur