From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Several rites are performed while entering a newly-built house. One such rite consists in making the house śānta.[1] 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.

These are the fifteen mantras of the Ṛgveda.[2] Since the word śam (peace) occurs several times in it, the mantra itself is called śantātīya. Several deities are addressed to bestow peace like

  1. Indra
  2. Agni
  3. Varuṇa
  4. Puṣan
  5. Bhaga
  6. Aryamā
  7. Dhātā
  8. Mitra
  9. Vasus
  10. Rudra
  11. Surya
  12. Aditi


  1. Śānta means peaceful to live in.
  2. Ṛgveda 7.35.1-15
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore