Vastu Shanti Puja is done to remove the impacts of vastu faults in structures. It is not only done for removing the vastu doshas (faults) in new structures, but also to maintain its harmony. Vastu Shanti Puja attempts to please Vastu Purusha by worshipping Him.
WHAT IS VASTU DOSHA?
An architectural structure, whether residential, commercial or industrial has certain number of major and minor defects if it does not correctly follow vastu shastra. Such a defect is called Vastu Dosha and it is known for causing various health, wealth and harmony related problems to the owner or resident.
WHO IS VASTU PURUSHA?
When Lord Brahma created the universe, he started making different kinds of creatures that would inhabit the earth. Vastu Purusha is one such creature that He made. He attempted to make a man and this man was given great powers to grow as big as he wanted. With time, this man grew bigger and bigger,and his hunger also increased manifold. So, he began eating anything and everything he could find, which wrecked havoc in the universe. Seeing this, other Gods requested Brahma to take charge and stop all this. Lord Brahma then thought of a solution. He tied the feet of this man to the earth and gave him the name of Vastu Purusha, he had to trouble and cause disharmony in the lives of those whose structures had Vastu Dosha and those who failed to worship him.
Vastu Shanti Puja is thus a necessity in order to maintain or restore peace and harmony.
VASTU SHANTI PUJA
Vastu Shanti is a religious process of worship of Vastu Purush. Vastu Purush is looked upon as the protector and soul of the architectural structures. The prime reasons for conducting Vastu Shanti Puja are:
1. Firstly, it is done to remove Vastu Dosha, or the defects or faults within a structure.
2. It is also done to ask for forgiveness if any creatures of the nature, or plants and trees habe been killed or destroyed during the construction of the building.
3. To quell the anger of any forces or energies that might disturb the occupants or residents of a building.
4. To seek blessings of Vastu Purusha and thereby ensure harmony, good health and wealth.
5. To be determined to use the structure properly and to everybody’s benefits.
CONDUCTING THE PUJA
Things need to be bought for the puja are mentioned below:
1. Vastu yantra, Devi’s idol, ghee, Sapta Dhanya (seven types of beans), sesame seeds, urad dal, wheat, rice, twigs and some havan samagri.
2. Lamp, candles, sandalwood paste, haldi, kumkum, incense sticks, camphor (kapoor), coconut, jaggery, bell, moli, betel nuts and leaves are also required.
Vidhi for the Puja:
Sankalpa is the first step of the puja, in which petals, rice and grains flower are offered to mother Earth by the head of the family while the priest simultaneously recites mantras.
Bhoomi Abhishanchan is the second step, wherein the Mother Goddess is invoked and in order to purify the place, Ganga water is sprinkled with the help of mango leaves.
In the third stage of the puja called called Pran Prathista, once again the mantras are chanted and rice, flowers and grains are offered to the Goddess.
In the last step, once the puja is over a pit is dug and all the holy things used for the puja and placed in it and covered, so that that don’t get scattered around by birds.