[ecis2016.org] Silver is considered auspicious in India, so items made of silver are popular for gifting purposes during Griha Pravesh. Here we share a few gifting ideas that can help you select the best silver gift for Griha Pravesh.
Why is silver considered auspicious in India?
When it comes to acquiring valuable assets as lucky charms, gold and silver are favourites in India. The shine and lustre of these precious metals is linked with prosperity and the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Silver articles are linked with divinity and prosperity. They are used for worshipping and performing ceremonies, as part of our rich tradition. Puja plates, silver statues of gods and goddesses, lamps, among other things made of silver, are often used during festivals. Silver is considered as the harbinger of good luck and keeps negative energy away. There is a belief that silver represents the moon (Chandi derived from the Hindi word Chand), which is worshipped in India as a deity. The medicinal properties of silver are often compared to the cooling effect of moonlight.
Silver gift items for housewarming: What makes it ideal?
A Griha Pravesh, or housewarming, is a Hindu ceremony performed when one enters a new house for the first time, to purify the surrounding and to protect the house from negative energies. Silver is a popular gift choice for Griha Pravesh as it brings good luck. According to Vastu, silver articles kept in a temple at home bring health, peace and prosperity. The traditional ‘Shagun’ given to a bride also includes silverware, which is considered lucky. Statues, ornaments, utensils and coins made of silver are symbols of opulence. Silver makes for a good investment as its value appreciates with time. Silver is used for making jewellery, utensils and furniture. Designers now increasingly use silver to create interesting artifacts and personalised items. Silver is also appreciated for its beautiful colour, malleability and elegance. Its variations include oxidised finish, brushed that gives a textured look, polished with extra sheen. Silver has therapeutic properties and is also used as tableware and flatware from ages.
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Here are a few gifting ideas, if you are planning to give someone silver items for Griha Pravesh.
Silver gifts for housewarming ceremony: Coins
Silver coins come in various shapes such as round, oval, rectangular and kalash with amazing designs. As silver coins are considered as auspicious, images commonly seen engraved on them are of Lord Ganesha and of Goddess Laxmi. These coins symbolise luck and prosperity. One can choose coins with floral and tree motif designs apart from simple ones.
The embossed image of Queen Elizabeth and King George are also available. You can also gift mantras engraved on silver coins, which protect you from negative energy.
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The latest trend is to gift coins with names, or photo engraved on them. These days one can get silver currency notes, which have Rs 100 or Rs 500 engraved on them.
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Silver gift for Griha Pravesh: Idols
Silver idols of Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati and Lord Ganesh are considered auspicious in houses and worshipping such idols is also common in India. Most of the idols kept in home temples are made up of silver. There is a range of options available in markets such as idols in various sizes, enclosed in glass cases, seated on a silver tray, or with a wooden base, among others.
Silver gift items for housewarming: Diyas
A diya is not only considered as a source of light but also a symbol of purity. Light is a symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity and knowledge. It is said that lighting a diya wards off evil and welcomes Goddess Lakshmi and radiates happiness, as Griha Pravesh is performed when home owners enter their new house for the first time. Thus, diyas are perfect gift options as they bring peace and prosperity to the house. Silver lamps are available in a variety of designs as per your budget. You can either gift a single diya or in pairs or even in multiples in a stand. Silver diyas come in fancy decoration such as blooming lotus, peacock and elephant designs.
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Silver gifts for Griha Pravesh: Photo frames
No décor is complete without photo frames that help preserve memories. Silver is a lustrous metal that adds luminosity to home interiors. So, silver photo frames are apt for Griha Pravesh gift. One can choose photo frames from various shapes and sizes to keep them on a table, or for walls in a simple, carved, floral, fluted, embossed antique hammered finish, or filigree work.
Silver gift items for housewarming: Kumkum box
As silver items are often used in temples. One can gift a silver Kumkum box to keep roli, (vermillion) and rice. These come in various shapes such as round bowl, leaf, paisley, peacock, lotus etches with or without lid. Designs are also available in Minakari work.
Silver gift items for housewarming: Puja plate set
Temples at homes are usually adorned with silver items such as elegantly crafted silver idols. Puja plate is a useful thing and would make a great Griha Pravesh gift. You can choose a light or heavy plate as per your budget. You can select either a simple or engraved or an embossed plate. You can select a single plate, or a complete puja set with diya, bell, kalash and incense stick holders.
Silver gifts for housewarming ceremony: Silver Tulsi plant
Tulsi plant can bring peace and prosperity to the house. It is an ideal gift for Griha Pravesh. This plant is said to end all negative energies as Tulsi is regarded as the avatar of Goddess Lakshmi and thus, the consort of God Vishnu. Keep it in your temple to get all blessings without having the pain to maintain a real plant.
Housewarming gifts in silver: Tea-set
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Elegant ornate silver tea-sets make a perfect gift for any family. One can choose from stylish teapots, sugar containers with or without a silver tray. Simple silver tea-sets reflect refine class, whereas larger, ornate sets’ vintage style reflect grandeur. There is a lot to choose from plain silver tea-sets to floral ones or ones with intricate motifs and even jungle designs. Teapots are highly collectible items of silverware and are ideal for tea connoisseurs.
Gruhapravesam gifts in silver: Plates, glasses, cups, bowls and mugs
Plates, cups, glasses, bowls, saucers and mugs made up of silver can be gifted in pairs or in dozens, depending on the budget. One can choose from elegant motifs, plain smooth ones to vintage designs. Silver is one of the most used metals for cutlery and utensils. It is being used since ages and is found in almost any middle-class household in India. One of the main reasons people use silver utensils is its proven anti-bacterial properties.
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Pure silver gift items for housewarming: Silver animal figurines for good luck
Some of the animal figurines are considered as good luck charms when kept at home. Silver elephants symbolise strength, power, stability and wisdom. Many people believe that an elephant facing your door bring good luck to your house. Silver Kamdhenu cow and calf bring prosperity and make for a suitable gift for Griha Pravesh.
Ways to keep your silver items clean and shining
- Never scrub your silverware to clean them.
- Display silver items preferably in an enclosed glass case.
- Keep silverware away from direct sunlight.
- Use lemon and salt solution with hot water daily to clean silver idols and silver utensils. Soak them for a few minutes and rub them with a soft cloth.
- Use mild phosphate-free detergents to clean silver items after use. It should be gently washed and immediately dried with a soft muslin cloth. However, it is not effective on heavily tarnished silverware.
- Never use toothpaste to clean silver items as some toothpaste contains baking soda or ingredients that are too abrasive and may cause damage.
- Use polishes, especially made for silver, to remove tarnish from silverware.
- Heavy tarnished silver items should be cleaned only by a professional.
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Tips for buying silver items
You should always buy from authentic retail outlets, having silver hallmarked products. Go for Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) hallmarks silver articles. Silver jewellery and artifacts that fall in grade from 990 to 925 are considered good. The most authentic silver items have ‘925’ imprinted on them. Silver with 99.9% purity is considered very soft. It cannot be shaped into any jewellery piece as it easily gets dented. Silver with 92.5% purity is considered sterling. It is of the finest quality and silver jewellery is mainly made from it.
Always check the weight of the silver item and its making charges before making the final purchase. To know the current (spot) market price of silver, check with trusted jewellers or online. Keep in mind that spot price differs from city-to-city.
Is sterling silver considered as pure silver?
According to the British Silver Standard, a standard followed for over 800 years across the world, silver with 92.5 percent purity is considered as sterling silver. There is a difference between sterling silver and German silver. Sterling silver is made up of pure silver and other alloys, hallmarked by BIS. While German silver is metal mix with copper or brass polished with silver, without BIS hallmark.
What is an oxidised silver?
Oxidised silver is a process which many jewellers use to give sterling silver a black patina. It gives jewellery an antique or tarnished look. Jewellery with oxidised treatment is often in demand.
Can a silver tortoise be gifted as a Griha Pravesh gift?
Yes, a silver tortoise is believed to be a good luck charm both, in Vastu and Feng Shui. It is a great gift as it brings success in career and prosperity in homes.
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