Wednesday, August 25, 2010
BOILING THE MILK FOR "HOUSE WARMING"
Hinduism is a dominant religion in India, and Hindus follow a variety of rituals and traditions. Moving to a new house ,may it be rented or own ,is associated with following certain rituals. When we buy a new house, traditionally a ‘gruha pravesh’is done with vastu pooja,vastu havan and a Ganesh pooja in most of south Indian families. There is a tradition of’ boiling the milk and letting it overflow and spill over’ and after offering to god, left over milk is shared among the family members.But have you ever wondered why do they follow this ritual?
Entering a new house signifies beginning of a’ new life’ and each one of us would expect a life free of obstacles, and filled with contentment. According to the Hindu belief, boiling of milk and letting the milk spill and overflow, would ensure that our lives are overfilled with abundance of wealth, health and happiness. Also distributing the left over milk signifies that the happiness and sorrows are distributed equally amongst the family members. It is also considered that it is a ‘sign of prosperity’ when the milk falls facing the east direction; because ‘east ‘is a very auspicious side according to the Indian vastu.