By Swami Harshananda
Several rites are performed while entering a newly-built house. One such rite consists in making the house śānta. In a vessel of water a little rice, barley and a piece of gold are deposited. The priest goes round the house three times from left to right, sprinkling the water on the house with the śantātīya mantras.
- Śānta means peaceful to live in.
- Ṛgveda 7.35.1-15
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore