By Swami Harshananda
Gṛhakarman literally means ‘the act of building a house’.
Any householder is expected to build a house for himself and his family (if he can afford it) and is also expected to observe certain rules and regulations while doing so. Some of these observances are:
- A place where the earth is whitish in color and the ground is level is considered suitable to build a house.
- One should build a well in one's compound.
- The entrance of the house should not be in south-east and north-west directions. East, west and north directions are recommended
- One should start building house on certain auspicious months only like Vaiśākha (April/May) or Āṣāḍha (July/ August)
- One should not be build in the inauspicious months like Caitra (March/April) or Māgha (February/March)
- The wood with the following characteristics should be avoided:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore