Performing Vastu Homam Drives Away All Evil Powers
About homam

Homam or havan is the offering of different types of poojas to various deities for fulfillment of wishes by welcoming the power of Agni, The Fire of God. These are performed to bring peace, prosperity and success in homes or offices. The Vastu Homam is one such sacrifice performed, usually before shifting into a new home or office. This is a ritual dedicated to the direction gods. They are namely, Indra (east), Agni (south-east), Yama (south), Pitru (south-west), Varuna (west), Vayu (north-west), Kuber (North) and Brahma (center). Each god is a symbol of some elements such as fire, thunder, peace, prosperity, etc.

The Vastu Puja originated long back

Vastu is the modern science of construction. This is a term used in Hindu architecture where it is believed that alignment, directions and designs play a great role in bringing the good energy inside a building. The foundation of this pooja is said to have been done by a mythical sage named Mamuni Mayan. The Legend of Vastu Purusha says that once a formless was blocked by Brahma and other gods, and this is graphically depicted in the Vastu Purusha Mandala. From this diagram, the positions of various elements of Earth were distributed in a concentric pattern. In this pattern, Lord Brahma gained the central position.

Items required for Vastu Homam

The Vastu Homam has a broad procedure and is very popular among Hindus for the purpose of house- warming. They believe that no-one should reside or work in a house before performing this ritual to drive away negative energies. There is an elaborate list of ingredients that you would require for this homam:

  1. Flowers- 1 bunch
  2. Kapoor or camphor
  3. Gur or jiggery
  4. Agarbatti or incense sticks
  5. Chandan powder/ paste
  6. Akshata or a bag of rice colored wit turmeric
  7. Corn, seeds and stalks
  8. Plate
  9. Dhoop
  10. A sweet dish such as pudding or halwa
  11. Deep or niranjan
  12. Kum Kum
  13. Red blouse pieces- 2 (2 ft. by two ft.)
  14. New vessel
  15. White blouse pieces- 2 (2 ft. by two ft.)
  16. A big sized Kalash that can hold coconut and mango leaves
  17. Mango or bettle leave
  18. Milk
  19. Ganapathi idol or idol of any other deity such as Vishnu or Narayana
  20. Picture of a cow has to be placed, or a real cow. You can even get a cow idol.
  21. Turmeric powder
  22. Metal spoons for camphor lighting
  23. Few plates
  24. Two coconuts + 1 for each door
  25. Cow dung and cow urine
  26. 4 lemons
  27. Curd
  28. Ghee and oil
  29. Red thread
  30. Aluminium foil
The interesting puja vidhi

The procedure of the puja is quite lengthy, but you always do not need a priest for this. You can perform the whole puja yourself by following the step- by- step procedure. First you need to perform a small puja outside the house:

  1. Ganesh Puja- Take a plate and rice and chant the name mantra of Ganesh and whichever deity you follow. Offer flowers, akshata and green grass. Then do the tilaklight incense sticks, droop, deep and offer it to Lord Ganesha. Then offer food to Lord Ganesha.
  2. Preparing Kalash- Put rice on a plate and put the kalash on top. Fill the kalash with 4/5 water and put some seeds, grass and corn in it. Place 5-7 mango or bettle leaves spread out like a lotus inside. Wrap a red cloth around a coconut, and place it on top. Put 5 coins inside. Wrap around a thread around the neck of the Kalash by twisting it around 1-2 times. Now chant names of Ganesha and conduct Kalash Puja.
  3. The Swastik- Draw a Swastik symbol on top of your entrance with Kum kum.
  4. Use panch amrita to wash your door, and draw another Swastik there.
  5. Write Subha- Labha in any language along with the Swastik symbol.
  6. Take some curd in a spoon and offer it to the door columns on both sides.
  7. Take three lemons and move it in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions three times each and keep them aside.
  8. You have to break open a coconut and place it at the entrance of the house.
  9. The master of the house has to take the Ganesha idol in his hands and chant names. The woman then follows with the vesel. Both of them should put their right foot forward while entering the house.
Puja inside the House:
  1. At the south-east corner, place a red cloth with rice and pile up a little rice on top of it.
  2. Place the cow idol first and then the Ganesha idol. Put the Kalash and chant mantras.
  3. Light agarbati, lamp, kapoor and offer food to the Lord.
  4. Offer akshata and flowers and chant Ganesha names while you worship the Kalash.
  5. Do arti of Ganesha and offer it to all corners of the house.
  6. Cut lemon halves or break coconuts at each doorstep of the house.
  7. The lady will then worship kitchen and tilak the stove and water taps, boil milk in a new vessel till it spills and, tie threads around all pillars of the house.
  8. Then she has to stick a white paper outside the main door of the house with hand impression on it using tilak.
  9. Mix cow dung, ghee and curd, cow urine, milk, and scatter them in the house.
  10. You have to stay for three nights in the new house after the puja.
Vastu Puja benefits
  1. The Vastu Homam is widely practiced before entering new homes by Hindus mostly. Similar beliefs are accepted in other parts of the world also by the name of Feng Shui. It is a Japanese term and is meant for the maintenance of positive forces in your house.
  2. According to Hindus, Vastu is extremely important for any residential structure. It is believed that the directions have huge impact on our lives and thus, the Vastu Homam is done to please the direction gods who bless us.
  3. The various rituals performed as a part of this puja have been performed since a long time and each has a meaning. For example when the lady of the house boils milk till it spills out of the new vessel, it means prosperity and abundance will always prevail inside the new house.
  4. The rituals performed outside the house, prevents negative energies to enter the house.
  5. When you break coconuts at each door, it means you break negativity and welcome positivity inside your houses.