This is normally done by blessing the goddess reflection in a mirror with coconut water, sugar cane juice, honey, milk and water. Milk, which signifies purity and long life, is boiled on a new stove and caused to overflow from the pot. This signifies an overflow of wealth coming into the house. The ceremony also includes boring a 15cm deep hole at the doorway of the house, which is then filled with pieces of gold, silver, copper, bronze and iron; this is topped off with a conch shell to strengthen the house spiritually.
The hole is then sealed, leaving the top end of the shell exposed. The final part of the ritual is to bring a cow into the house for the house owner to garland. In Hindu mythology, the cow symbolises Lord Shiva and its dung is regarded as a blessing.
Following the house-warming, the family should occupy the property right away, as it is inauspicious to leave the property empty again after these rituals have been conducted.