We all have been taught about the five important elements as per our Shastras – Agni, Jal, Aakash, Vaayu and Prithvi. Prithvi - the earth; is also referred to as Bhoomi. Bhoomi is like the base, without which, it is difficult to sustain. She is our mother, and no life can exist without Her. Bhoomi is very Pujneeya to all Hindus. Praying to her for our well-being and prosperity is known as Bhoomi Puja. It is a very important ritual that is purely devoted to worshipping this mother. Bhoomi Puja is revering to the piece of land before any sort of construction starts.
Importance and Significance of Bhoomi Puja
The Bhoomi Puja is done strictly as per the norms stated in the Vastu Shastra. Vastu Shastra is an Indian traditional science of architecture that clearly describes the principles of various aspects like measurements,layout,space,geometry etc. For starting a construction activity we shall be disturbing the mother Earth and for this we need to seek permission as well as forgiveness. This is the primary reason why Bhoomi Pujan is so important. We are disturbing her natural state, her state of equilibrium; hence we need to make sure we do the right thing to appease the positive as well as the not-so positive energies in that space. We pray to enhance the positive energies and to nullify or at least reduce the negative ones.
Benefits of Bhoomi Puja
The foundation is the most important thing in any construction. It is like an infant’s life. If not fed (physically, emotionally and spiritually) with the right nutrients at that stage, the infant can grow up to be unhealthy.
- Likewise, a proper Bhoomi Puja can bring luck and good fortune to the building, whether you may build it for yourself or to sell further.
- One good aspect is that the Puja can be customized to suit the type of land as well as the intended construction.
- It is essential to do this Puja to seek the blessings of Mother Earth; to ensure protection and well-being of the person who occupies the building.
- Through the Bhoomi Puja we pray to the Vastu Purush and invoke his blessings. It also helps remove the various types of Vastu Doshas.
- The Griha Pravesh Puja is a part of the Vastu Shanti Puja and is done in order to appease the Gods and planets so that the owner of the house is blessed with good fortune and all the planets i.e. Navagraha and Vastu God is also worshipped so that no harm can be caused either to the home or it’s inmates.
Occasions to do a Bhoomi Puja
- As discussed above, a Bhoomi Puja performed to show reverence to the land before you sort of work commences on it.
- Even farmers conduct a Bhoomi Puja before they start tilling the land.
- Also, if the land has been acquired for building a house, bungalow, building or commercial premises the Puja is done before the start of any sort of construction activity.
Bhoomi Puja Vidhi (Procedure)
The Bhoomi Puja vidhi mentioned here is a generalized procedure followed while performing the Puja. But, since we assist our clients perform the Puja as per their community and language's rituals, traditions and customs; the procedure or vidhi for Bhoomi Puja will vary accordingly.
- This Puja more often than not happens in the north-east corner of the plot.
- Other Bhoomi puja samagri includes ghee lamps, oil lamps, flowers, turmeric, kumkum, camphor, coconuts, fruits, rice grains, supari (betel nuts), Panchamrut (a mixture of milk, ghee, honey/sugar, curd and Tulsi leaves), sweets and samagri for the Havan Kund.
- A customary dig takes place which is generally done using a spade by the karta of the Bhoomi Puja. It’s only after this ‘dig’ that actual construction can begin.
- The Bhoomi Puja Vidhi starts with the usual Ganesh Puja. Then, in accordance to the Vastu Vidhi, a Navagraha Puja is done. The Bhoomi Pujan is incomplete without a Havan.
- Other major rituals in the main Bhoomi Pujan include firstly taking a Sankalpa followed by shatkarma, Devi poojan, bhoomi abhisinchan, pran pratishtha and manglik dravyasthapana.
- After all this we do the anushthan, sing the aarti and repeatedly seek apologies.
Bhoomi Puja Muhurat
It is very essential to consult a Pandit before deciding on a Muhurat to do the Bhoomi Pujan. But if we were to see some ‘by-default’ dates, then the Hindu months of Shravan, Kartika, Paush and Margashirsha are considered to be the most auspicious. Bhoomi Puja should also be avoided during periods like Adhik Maas, lunar month and post sunset. Also make sure that the muhurat doesn’t fall during sutak and shraadh. The given muhurat is the standard auspicious date/timing to perform the puja. One can also consult our expert pandits for more shubh muhurat for Bhoomi Puja as it can be performed throughout the year. Some of the auspicious dates for Bhoomi Puja in 2016 are :
- January 2016 –14th, 18th and 25th
- February 2016 – 10th, 11th, 22nd and 24th
- March 2016 – 19th, 21st and 31st
- August 2016 – 4th, 5th, 15th, 20th and 24th
- November 2016 – 5th, 14th, 21st and 23rd
- December 2016 – 2nd, 7th and 19th