Blowing Of The Shankha During The Puja Rituals
In a puja ritual, a shankha is used in two ways one for blowing and the other for worshipping. However, the one used for blowing should not be made part of a puja ritual. The significance of the shankha has been clearly mentioned in the ‘Varaha Purana’ which says that the temple door should be opened only after blowing the shankha. Also, before beginning the puja and before performing the aarti, the left sided shankha should be blown. The atmosphere contains three kinds of frequencies viz sattva dominant, raja dominant and tama dominant. However, distressing vibrations are generated by the raja and tama dominant frequencies but it is the sattva dominant frequencies which get influenced and attracted to puja ritual places. On blowing the shankha, energy is emitted from the shankha which tends to reduce the strength of the distressing frequencies, thereby creating protective armour around the puja articles. In addition to this, the activated energy of Lord Vishnu present in the universe also gets attracted to the place of the puja ritual which proves to be beneficial for the person performing the puja as well as the others present there. The blowing of the shankha also creates a positive and pure atmosphere around us for a long period of time.
The Effect Of The Energy Which Comes Out On Blowing The Shankha
As we all know, the subtle drawings emit vibrations which are three dimensional but it is visible only in two dimensional forms to the human eye, like a sphere appears as a circle.
When the sound from the shankha generates frequencies of divine energy into the atmosphere and appears to be red in color. Yellow circles of chaitanya are also seen along with them and pink particles of bliss are also emitted into the atmosphere. The outcome is it instills energy, chaitanya and happiness in the environment which in turn destroys all negative energies from it.
The Right Way Of Blowing The Shankha
It is very important to blow te shankha in the correct manner in order to let maximum sattva dominant frequencies be emitted from it into the atmosphere, thereby awakening the destroyer principle of the deity.
To blow the shankha in the right manner, the neck should be raised slightly and bent in the backward direction, keeping your mind focused. Then, taking a deep breath the shankha should be blown with increasing intensity. However, this entire blowing procedure should be completed in one single breath.
Some important dos and don’ts regarding a shankha:
• The shankha used for blowing and the one used for puja rituals should be kept separate. They should not be mixed one form another.
• The shankha used for blowing should never be used for offering water to the deities.
When we talk about Griha pravesh, we mean the first step taken towards entering into a newly built house. it is also a very vital part of Vastu Shastra. Once the house is ready to be dwelled in, an auspicious day and moment is chosen after considering astrological elements before commencing to live within that property.
Thus, house warming occasion during the Griha pravesh is considered to be a very holistic ceremony which enables to keep away evil forces from entering into the house. A Bhumi Pujan is conducted at the time of acquiring the land while a Vastu –shanti pujan is done at the time of beginning to live within that house constructed on that previously acquired land.
The Griha pravesh puja mainly includes Ganesh puja for which a special muhurata is taken out. The gods and the nine planets are invoked by drawing the mandala. Offerings to the gods are given in the form of Homa in to the sacred fire (Agni). Later, this Havan kunda is carried in to each room which tends to disinfect and purify the environment completely. Starting from the east, the house is encircled with thread three times along with the recitation of the Rakshogna Mnatra and the Pavamana mantra. These help keep away evil influences from getting in to the house premises.
In addition to the above, a pit is created by digging in the southeast corner boundary and its sides are protected with cow-dung paste. Then this pit is worshipped by lowering a brick box with moss, flowers and corn in it. Corn is a symbol for fertility and hence it is believed to bring in prosperity for the house and its occupants. After all this has been done, the holy water of the Ganges is sprinkled all around the house and its premises, thereby signifying the completion of the Griha Pravesh ceremony.
One can receive detailed instructions from Vastu Shastra principles and also the Grihasutras who provide guidance regarding the construction procedures of a house or a temple, the direction which should be faced by it and the ceremonies which need to be carried out at every juncture. The importance of every stage of construction has been mentioned in the Matsya Purana like the laying of the foundation, rising of the first floor etc. on the completion of which special Griha pravesh puja should be performed. Traditional rituals are used to carry out these ceremonies.