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Query from: madhan madhan, India, 05/11/08
Topic: POOJA      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: ( Pooja) AND Sashti purthi

Hello ammas, my father has completed 60 years and i want to conduct Sashti Purthi pooja for him.Pls guide me how to go by...Pls

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Dear Friend

Here are some details of Shashti poorti function

Shasti-Abtha-poorthi - The Tradition & Significance

The term Shasti in numerology denotes sixty (60). In an individual's life, the completion of sixty years is referred to as Shastipoorthi. This term is derived from Sanskrit.Which means Shasti Sixty; abda completion. The sixtieth year in everyone's life is a significant milestone. A memorable turning point. A touching reminder of the rich, mellowed life that would unfold in the years to come.

The sages and the Rishis of lore have acknowledged the sanctity of the sixtieth year in one's life and have drawn out elaborate rituals to mark this special event. They looked at it as rebirth and suggested the repetition of those rituals performed at one's birth.

Hence this celebration at this point of life is a sacred part of the hallowed Vedic culture. The rituals in the former go by the norms prescribed in the shastras, while the latter is purely conventional in nature.

60th birth day (ugraratha Shanthy)

The rituals carved out as part of Shanti are also referred to as Ugraradha Shanti.

Ugraradha is nothing but the harsh natured time. In a hundred-year time scale of man's life, pre-sixty is a period of materialistic pursuit while the post sixty span is slated for spiritual endeavor.

The Ugraradha Shanti is a prayer sent to the heavens to make the post sixty span a spiritually fulfilling experience.

Three different ways are chiseled to carry out the Shanti aspect. They are

1. Shounakoktam

2. Bodhaayanoktam

3. Shaivaagamoktam

The basic elements of these three ways remain the same, though the contents vary marginally. Of all, Shaivaagamokta Santi is very elaborate and ritual laden. Given its exhaustive scope of rituals, only a limited few like the kings and the emperors can follow it in Toto, though it is not entirely ruled out for devout householders.

Janmatah Shastime Varshe is the Shaunakokthi. Going by this, Shanti has to be performed in the Sixtieth year and we have the following quote to substantiate it.

Janmaabde, Janmamaasecha Swajanmadivase tathaa

Janmarshe chaiva kartavyaa shanti rugrarathaahvayaa

Devaalaye nadeeteere swagruhe vaa shubhasthale

The Shanti should be performed in the same year, month and on the same day of the birth according to the Indian Zodiac.This is considered to be the best option.

In case it is not possible to time it exactly on the same day, allowance is given to perform it on a convenient day during and before the completion of sixtieth year.

The choice of the place to carry out this programmed could be a pilgrim town, a temple, a river bank or even a householder's residence.

Mrityinjayadevata Kalasa sthapana, pratima sthapana and archana form a very important part of the programme.

Similarly the deities of ganapathi Durga and vishnu are to be worshipped.This consitutes Paratpara Puja.

The seas, the rivers, the presiding deities of the Directions (Dikpalakas), navagrahas are involved into the Holy Kalasas and the respective gods are worshipped. Through this worhsip is offered to God who presides over every element in nature.

Similarly all the gods who govern each year of the Telugu Calendar (60 years) each Ayana (Uttara, Dakshina), each season, (six rithis) each month (12 months), each fortnight, (Shukla and Krishna) each tithi (15) each day of the week (seven) each star (27 stars). Each, yoga, each karana and each raasi are duly worshipped.

Through it, a humble prayer is sent to the mighty god who weaves every moment in the vast tapestry of time.

The almighty who is omnipresent in the celestial universe ranging from Dwadasa Adityas, Ekadasa Rudraas, Dasha Dishaas, Astavasus, Sapta Vayus, to Pancha brahmas are soulfully worshipped. The powerful presence of the paramaatma who lords over the whole universe is fervently acknowledged in this method.

All these deities who preside over every speak of the universe are to be duly worshipped by means of Kalasha Aaraadhana, Pratima Puja, Japa Tapas etc. All this is to be culminated by Homa.

Acharyas and ritviks take the sanctified water and perform Abhisheka to the householder.

Here, the householder fulfils his social obligation of offering warm thanks to each and every particle in the universe, which contributed to his sixty year successful span on this earth. As a humble token of gratitude, he participates in alms giving much to the satisfaction of everyone in the society.

The Acharyas and ritviks who conducted the Shanti Yagna should be given "Dasha Daanaas" "Navagraha daanaas", "Godaana", to mention a few of all the "daanaas", Annadaana ranks supreme and the host should take care that people belonging to all walks of life are properly and sumptuously fed.

Here the accent is laid on feeding the poor and the destitute, thus infusing the whole programme with social and democratic temper.

The householder is said to relieved of his social, secular, spiritual obligations when he successfully participates in this Shanti programme. He is thus blessed with a long and blissful life.

Thus the Shanti aspects, which run through the "Shastipoorthi" celebrations provide a fusion of spiritual and social obligations which are the very bed rock the Indian culture.

http://www.subhakariam.com/index.ht…

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Sashtiaapdapoorthi (known also as "Sashti Aapda Poorthi" or "Sashti Poorthi") is a Hindu ceremony celebrating a marriage, akin to the renewal of marital vows and the "Silver Anniversary" in the West. Specifically, it marks simultaneously the 60th birthday of the husband and the wedding anniversary of the couple ("Sashti" - 60, "aApda" - years/life (as in Sagaptham), "poorthi" -"completion."

There are 60 years in a Hindu calendar cycle. Each year has a name. When a person reaches 60, they enter the second cycle. This is reason enough to celebrate, having learned, entering married life, raising children, having devoted to the service of God and setting an example to the family and society.

Historically, because the husband would typically always be older than wife, Sashtiaapdapoorthi is celebrated when the husband (as opposed to the wife) turns 60. Widowed, divorced or remarried do not usually celebrate this ceremony.

The celebration is usually organized by the couple's children, younger siblings and grand children. In addition to various poojas, part of the wedding ceremony is reenacted. The couple that is celebrating Sashtiaapdapoorthi are given blessings from elders who have themselves already celebrated Sashtiaapdapoorthi. After this, the now blessed couple in turn blesses all others participating or witnessing the ceremony who are younger than 60.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sashti…" The rituals carved out as part of Shanti are also referred to as Ugraradha Shanti. Ugraradha is nothing but the harsh natured time. In a hundred-year time scale of mans life, pre-sixty is a period of materialistic pursuit while the postsixty span is slated for spiritual endeavor. The Ugraradha Shanti is a prayer sent to the heavens to make the postsixty span a spiritually fulfilling experience.

Three different ways are chiseled to carry out the Shanti aspect. They are

Shounakoktam

Bodhaayanoktam

Shaivaagamoktam

The basic elements of these three ways remain the same, though the contents vary marginally. Of all, Shaivaagamokta Santi is very elaborate and ritualladen. Given its exhaustive scope of rituals, only a limited few like the kings and the emperors can follow it in Toto, though it is not entirely ruled out for devout householders.

Janmatah Shastime Varshe is the Shaunakokthi. Going by this, Shanti has to be performed in the Sixtieth year and we have the following quote to substantiate it.

Janmaabde, Janmamaasecha Swajanmadivase tathaa Janmarshe chaiva kartavyaa shanti rugrarathaahvayaa Devaalaye nadeeteere swagruhe vaa shubhasthale

The Shanti should be performed in the same year, month and on the same day of the birth according to the Indian Zodiac.This is considered to be the best option. This is considered to be the best option.In case it is not possible to time it exactly on the same day, allowance is given to perform it on a convenient day during and before the completion of sixtieth year. The choice of the place to carry out this programmed could be a pilgrim town, a temple, a river bank or even a householders residence. Top

Mrityinjayadevata Kalasa sthapana, pratima sthapana and archana form a very important part of the programme. Similarly the deities of ganapathi Durga and vishnu are to be worshipped.This consitutes Paratpara Puja.

The seas, the rivers, the presiding deities of the Directions (Dikpalakas), navagrahas are involved into the Holy Kalasas and the respective gods are worshipped. Through this worhsip is offered to God who presides over every element in nature.

Similarly all the gods who govern each year of the Telugu Calendar (60 years) each Ayana (Uttara, Dakshina), each season, (six rithis) each month (12 months), each fortnight, (Shukla and Krishna) each tithi (15) each day of the week (seven) each star (27 stars). Each, yoga, each karana and each raasi are duly worshipped.

Through it, a humble prayer is sent to the mighty god who weaves every moment in the vast tapestry of time.

The almighty who is omnipresent in the celestial universe ranging from Dwadasa Adityas, Ekadasa Rudraas, Dasha Dishaas, Astavasus, Sapta Vayus, to Pancha brahmas are soulfully worshipped. The powerful presence of the paramaatma who lords over the whole universe is fervently acknowledged in this method.

All these deities who preside over every speak of the universe are to be duly worshipped by means of Kalasha Aaraadhana, Pratima Puja, Japa Tapas etc. All this is to be culminated by Homa. Acharyas and ritviks take the sanctified water and perform Abhisheka to the householder.

Here, the householder fulfils his social obligation of offering warm thanks to each and every particle in the universe, which contributed to his sixty year successful span on this earth. As a humble token of gratitude, he participates in alms giving much to the satisfaction of everyone in the society. 'Sashtyabthapurthi' means completion of sixty years. This 'shanti' is performed for oneself on completion of 60 years and beginning of 61st year (61st birthday). Everyone including ladies can and should perform this 'shanti' to alleviate the sins committed so far and to re-charge our life.

As per Vedic scriptures, Human life is for 120 Years. Completion of sixty years means completing half-of-our full life. Tamil / Sanskrit years also have sixty year cycle.

In this function, poojas, japa and homams are done to numerous gods. Prominent amongst them are....Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, mruthyunjaya parameswara, laxmy-narayana, navagrahas and naksatra devathas

As per our scriptures, The following seven holy souls are called 'chiranjeevees', i.e. immortal souls. Remembering them brings good life. Prayer is offered for them during this occasion.Get together of the whole family and people of neighbourhood, well wishers etc. have get together and feast,giiving gifts, wishing, blessing etc. will be carried out

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Response from: Anu Babu,   
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Hi Madhan,

Sashtiaapdapoorthi (known also as "Sashti Aapda Poorthi" or "Sashti Poorthi") is a Hindu ceremony celebrating a marriage, akin to the renewal of marital vows and the "Silver Anniversary" in the West. Specifically, it marks simultaneously the 60th birthday of the husband and the wedding anniversary of the couple ("Sashti" - 60, "aApda" - years/life (as in Sagaptham), "poorthi" -"completion." There are 60 years in a Hindu calendar cycle. Each year has a name. When a person reaches 60, they enter the second cycle. This is reason enough to celebrate, having learned, entering married life, raising children, having devoted to the service of God and setting an example to the family and society.

Historically, because the husband would typically always be older than wife, Sashtiaapdapoorthi is celebrated when the husband (as opposed to the wife) turns 60. Widowed, divorced or remarried do not usually celebrate this ceremony.

The celebration is usually organized by the couple's children, younger siblings and grand children. In addition to various poojas, part of the wedding ceremony is reenacted. The couple that is celebrating Sashtiaapdapoorthi are given blessings from elders who have themselves already celebrated Sashtiaapdapoorthi. After this, the now blessed couple in turn blesses all others participating or witnessing the ceremony who are younger than 60. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sashti…" Vivaha Shastyabdi is celebrated on completion of 60 years of married life by the living couple. Having devoted to the service of God, built and retained the family ties with a bond of constant relationships, this is a best time to celebrate at this phase of life. This is considered more ideal to set an example to their own family and society. This celebration is usually organized by the couple's children, younger siblings and grand children. In addition to various poojas, part of the wedding ceremony is re-enacted. The couple that is celebrating Vivaha Shastyabdi are given blessings from elders who have themselves already celebrated such events. The best belief is that Vivaha Shastyabdi couple blesses all those participating / witnessing persons that too the younger than the Vivaha Shastyabdi couple.

If it is a very simple ceremony, "ayush homam" minimum is a must. The other homams that can be included are, Navagraha homam ( praying to all planets for the well-being), Dhanvanthri homam ( praying for good health) and Mrithyunjaya homam ( praying for longevity).

The next higher step is to have Rudra Ekadashi if you are followers of Shiva. The sanctified water is done abhishekam for the couple, followed generally by a "Dhampadi pujai". This needs Purohits who are well qualified to chant Rudram & Chamakam.

Over & above, poor-feeding, making donations for worthy causes, creating endowments can all be done - these are more social than religious. Pls contact ur pandit for more religious formalities.

Now-a-days, its becoming a custom to celebrate 60th. birthday at Thirukkadaiyoor because the presiding deity there is Amritha Ghateswara ( nectar lingam) who protected Markandeya from Death. Some more details about this historic temple as under: SRI AMIRTHAKADESWARAR TEMPLE,THIRUKADAIYUR located in Thirukadiyur,near MAYAVARAM in Tamilnadu,India. 20kms from Mayiladuthurai,on the chidambaram- Nagappatinam East Coast Road. This temple is for the Lord & his Consort Tirukkadaiyur The Amritaghateswarar - Abirami Temple of Tirukkadaiyur is associated with the legends of Markandeya & Abirami patter. When devas,Asuras churned parkadal to get Amirtham,they forgot to Worship Lord Ganesa, Lord Ganesa stole the pot of Amirtham & kept at Thirukadiyur, it's believed that the Sivalingam in this temple is made of Amirtha Kudam . As the pot of Amirtham was hidden here,the lord Ganesa is called “Kailavarna pilliyar”. Markandeya,son of sage Mrikandu was predicted to live for only 16 years. Hence Markandeya worshipped Amritaghateswarar bringing the water from Ganges through an underground passage to the temple. On the D-day,Yama appeared with his noose,kala paasa. Markandeya sought refuge in the Lord and embraced the Siva Lingam. The Lord warned Yama not to touch Markandeya as he was under his protection. Yama did not listen & threw the noose that bound Markandeya,the Lingam together. Angered by this act of rashness,the Lord kicked him with the left leg and held him under his left foot,making him inactive. Markandeya was blessed with Ever 16 . TIRUKKADAIYUR TEMPLE : AUSPICIOUS TIMES The worship services are offered six times a day in the temple. Almost every day dawns with one celebration or other, as hundreds of pilgrims throng the temple to celebrate their 60th or 80th birthdays. celebration of 60th and 80th birth days (birth star) called as Sashti Aptha poorthi and Sathabishekam respectively is held very auspicious by the people as their longevity will increase. The annual 'Brahmotsavam' is celebrated in the month of Chithirai (April-May) the 'Shankhabishekam' celebrated in the month of Kartikai (November-December) is also of great importance here. Few other festivals being celebrated over here include Navaratri and 'Aadi Pooram' . POOJAS TO BE PERFORMED FOR It is believed that Lord Siva dimnished Kalan (Yaman) in Thirukadiyur. So Lord Siva in Thirukadiyur is called Mritunga jaya murthi . Devotees completing 59 years and starting sixty have to perform Ukira ratha Santhi - completing sixty years and starting sixties have to perform Sashtiyapatha purthi . Completing sixty-nine years and starting seventy have to perform Beema ratha santhi. Starting eighty has to perform Sathabishekham and Ayusha homam. According to astrology devotees can perform Mrutinji jaya homam.

http://www.indusladies.com/forums/f…

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
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madhan madhan,

Please contact your Family priest/Purohit about conducting Shastipoorthi celebration for your parents. You can request him about doing the Pujas/Homam etc. You and your family members can plan how to do the function, whom to invite and look into other aspects of the function.

Please see this article about Shastipoorthi Celebrations

http://www.acharyaonline.com/shasti…

Shastipoorthi Celebrations :

Janmaabde, Janmamaasecha Swajanmadivase tathaa

Janmarshe chaiva kartavyaa shanti rugrarathaahvayaa

Devaalaye nadeeteere swagruhe vaa shubhasthale

The Shastipoorthi Shanti should be performed in the sixtieth year and in the same month and day of birth according to the Indian Zodiac. This is considered to be the best option. In case it is not possible to time it exactly on the same day, allowance is given to perform it on a convenient day during and before the completion of sixtieth year.

The choice of the place to carry out this programme could be a pilgrim town, a temple, a river bank or even a householder's residence.

The term Shasti in numerology denotes sixty (60). In an individual's life, the completion of sixty years is referred to as Shshtiabdapoorthi or Shastipoorthi. This term is derived from Sanskrit which means Shasti - Sixty; abda - years; poorthi - completion. The sixtieth year in everyone's life is a significant milestone. A memorable turning point. A touching reminder of the rich, mellowed life that would unfold in the years to come.

The sages and the rishis of lore have acknowledged the sanctity of the sixtieth year in one's life and have drawn out elaborate rituals to mark this special event. They looked at it as rebirth and suggested the repetition of those rituals performed at one's birth. Hence this celebration at this point of life is a sacred part of the hallowed Vedic culture.

As part of the celebrations the couple's children perform their parents' second wedding. This is reason for a grand family reunion to incorporate an important event in the couple's married life.

The Shastipoorthi celebrations in modern times have two important aspects 1. Shanti and 2. Kranthi. The rituals in the former go by the norms prescribed in the shastras, while the latter is purely conventional in nature.

Shanti

The rituals carved out as part of Shanti are also referred to as Ugraradha Shanti. Ugraradha is nothing but the harsh natured time. In a hundred-year time scale of man's life, pre-sixty is a period of materialistic pursuit while the post-sixty span is slated for spiritual endeavour.

The Ugraradha Shanti is a prayer sent to the heavens to make the post-sixty span a spiritually fulfilling experience.

Three different ways are chiseled to carry out the Shanti aspect. They are

Shounakoktam

Bodhaayanoktam

Shaivaagamoktam

The basic elements of these three ways remain the same, though the contents vary marginally. Of all, Shaivaagamokta Santi is very elaborate and ritual-laden. Given its exhaustive scope of rituals, only a limited few like the kings and the emperors can follow it in toto, though it is not entirely ruled out for devout householders.

Kranthi

After the successful completion of the "Shanti" programme, the Kranthi programme follows in which "Kalyaanam" is very important. "Kranthi" means "to step ahead" and signifies heading towards a new life. "Shastipoorthi" is a good bridge - builder between the householder's domestic concerns and Vaanaprasta's spiritual yearnings.

During Vaanaprastha, the married couple is to fulfill their life's mission by staying together through observance of celibacy. The "Kalyaana Veduka" is a reminder of the unique role they are to play in the years to come. Marriage in the younger days promises physical proximity, while the one performed now brings about spiritual affinity.

Thus the Shanti – Kranthi aspects, which run through the "Shastipoorthi" celebrations provide a fusion of spiritual and social obligations which are the very bed rock the Indian culture.

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Shasti apta poorthi 60th bday

Hello, you have to contact a pandit in your area. Normally these functions are spread over one or two days. In advance you can have a small one page card ( yellow coloured ) in vernacular language on one side printed out. If you want you can have it over a day. It is better to have the function at the place where your father would have maximum friends so that you may invite them over. In case mother is alive, you can have a second marriage for them, for this you may have to provide for a second mangalyam(the one we normally provide for a marriage ) for the mother,gold chain or rudraksh or spatika for father/ any jewellery/ new clothes for the two of them. This depends upon your wish, and your ability to provide for them and differs from house to house, it is not mandatory.

In case you have any other function that you have to do, like someone's upanayanam, your own /sister's /brother's daughter or son's arangetram for dance/music , this is a good time to club two or three functions together within the family. Or even close relatives functions, this way the costs of coming and going for all relatives would be combined,your food expenses will come down and it would be easier for you than have two separate functions.

For instance I combined my new house grahapravesham with my father's 60th, so I could arrange for ganesha homam, navagrahah homam, rudrabishekam with 11 pandits and kalasa pooja on behalf of my father in my new house. This way I did not hire a hall, and I provided food, arranged a caterer and hired the apartment next to mine, for serving food, to all the people who had come in, mostly father's friends(about 30 of them) . I also purchased silk sarees and veshti with angavastram to about 20 people who came in for the function and distributed to the relatives. You also have to arrange for sealed packet( 5 rounds) murukkus,thenkuzhal ( mullu),laddus,appams with paan supari and coconut, etc in a give away bag for each person who comes in........This is for the 60th age function.

I have some of my father's friends who have arranged for the 60th function at Thirukadayur. (Abhirami's temple).You have to contact the temple in advance and book the function over 2 days. And also book rooms in advance for the period. This will prove more expensive than having it in own home or hiring a hall nearby.

Bhima ratha shanti - 70th

For my father's 70th bday. I did it differently.There were no invitations printed for this. I did not arrange in my own house, but father's house. Called the pandits and all those who came in for rudrabisekam and kalasa pooja, a caterer for about 15 people, this costed about Rs.10,000/-(this was close relatives on my mother's side, my grandfather,etc, fathers sammandi side and friends who understood value of this function not aam janta)But we did not invite any friends. Of course you need new veshti and angavastram, a new chain/watch if possible, a new suit for the evening and shoes.All this is voluntary.

In the evening, we hired a hall and about 70 of his friends came in for food between 6 to 8 pm. This cost about Rs. 20,000/-

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Dear Madhan,

This shasthipurthi pooja is very elaborate and equates a complete marriage. Rudra Homam and Maha Mruthunjaya japam/homam are added on to the marriage sequence. You should speak to your priest or any priest specalising in performing this shasthi poorthi.

The complete pooja starts in the evening, on the day before the shasthi poorti. 31 kalashams are set up and some priests perform various recitals late into the night. You can also have the Turmeric ceremony in the evening. Morning starts as usual it is for a couple getting married. Your parents will have to wear new clothes, perferably silk, and go through the full marriage ceremony. Using silver flowers with gold tipped petals in a seive, the water in the kalashams is poured over your parents head by the sons and daughters, son in laws and daughter in laws, elders, relatives and well wishers. these silver flowers with gold tips are available at silver jewellers generally. No pregnant ladies must be present during Rudra Homam.

You can have a reception and guests can wish and gift your parents.

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The term Shasti in numerology denotes sixty (60). In an individual’s life, the completion of sixty years is referred to as Shastipoorthi. This term is derived from Sanskrit.Which means Shasti–Sixty; abda–completion. The sixtieth year in everyone’s life is a significant milestone. A memorable turning point. A touching reminder of the rich, mellowed life that would unfold in the years to come.

The sages and the Rishis of lore have acknowledged the sanctity of the sixtieth year in one’s life and have drawn out elaborate rituals to mark this special event. They looked at it as rebirth and suggested the repetition of those rituals performed at one’s birth. Hence this celebration at this point of life is a sacred part of the hallowed Vedic culture. The rituals in the former go by the norms prescribed in the shastras, while the latter is purely conventional in nature.

60th birth day (ugraratha Shanthy)

The rituals carved out as part of Shanti are also referred to as Ugraradha Shanti. Ugraradha is nothing but the harsh natured time. In a hundred-year time scale of man’s life, pre-sixty is a period of materialistic pursuit while the post–sixty span is slated for spiritual endeavor. The Ugraradha Shanti is a prayer sent to the heavens to make the post–sixty span a spiritually fulfilling experience.

Three different ways are chiseled to carry out the Shanti aspect. They are

1.

Shounakoktam 2.

Bodhaayanoktam 3.

Shaivaagamoktam

The basic elements of these three ways remain the same, though the contents vary marginally. Of all, Shaivaagamokta Santi is very elaborate and ritual–laden. Given its exhaustive scope of rituals, only a limited few like the kings and the emperors can follow it in Toto, though it is not entirely ruled out for devout householders.

Janmatah Shastime Varshe is the Shaunakokthi. Going by this, Shanti has to be performed in the Sixtieth year and we have the following quote to substantiate it.

Janmaabde, Janmamaasecha Swajanmadivase tathaa Janmarshe chaiva kartavyaa shanti rugrarathaahvayaa Devaalaye nadeeteere swagruhe vaa shubhasthale

The Shanti should be performed in the same year, month and on the same day of the birth according to the Indian Zodiac.This is considered to be the best option. This is considered to be the best option.In case it is not possible to time it exactly on the same day, allowance is given to perform it on a convenient day during and before the completion of sixtieth year. The choice of the place to carry out this programmed could be a pilgrim town, a temple, a river bank or even a householder’s residence. Top

Mrityinjayadevata Kalasa sthapana, pratima sthapana and archana form a very important part of the programme. Similarly the deities of ganapathi Durga and vishnu are to be worshipped.This consitutes Paratpara Puja.

The seas, the rivers, the presiding deities of the Directions (Dikpalakas), navagrahas are involved into the Holy Kalasas and the respective gods are worshipped. Through this worhsip is offered to God who presides over every element in nature.

Similarly all the gods who govern each year of the Telugu Calendar (60 years) each Ayana (Uttara, Dakshina), each season, (six rithis) each month (12 months), each fortnight, (Shukla and Krishna) each tithi (15) each day of the week (seven) each star (27 stars). Each, yoga, each karana and each raasi are duly worshipped.

Through it, a humble prayer is sent to the mighty god who weaves every moment in the vast tapestry of time.

The almighty who is omnipresent in the celestial universe ranging from Dwadasa Adityas, Ekadasa Rudraas, Dasha Dishaas, Astavasus, Sapta Vayus, to Pancha brahmas are soulfully worshipped. The powerful presence of the paramaatma who lords over the whole universe is fervently acknowledged in this method.

All these deities who preside over every speak of the universe are to be duly worshipped by means of Kalasha Aaraadhana, Pratima Puja, Japa Tapas etc. All this is to be culminated by Homa. Acharyas and ritviks take the sanctified water and perform Abhisheka to the householder.

Here, the householder fulfils his social obligation of offering warm thanks to each and every particle in the universe, which contributed to his sixty year successful span on this earth. As a humble token of gratitude, he participates in alms giving much to the satisfaction of everyone in the society. Top

The Acharyas and ritviks who conducted the Shanti Yagna should be given "Dasha Daanaas" "Navagraha daanaas", "Godaana", to mention a few of all the "daanaas", ‘Annadaana’ ranks supreme and the host should take care that people belonging to all walks of life are properly and sumptuously fed. Here the accent is laid on feeding the poor and the destitute, thus infusing the whole programme with social and democratic temper. The householder is said to relieved of his social – secular – spiritual obligations when he successfully participates in this Shanti programme. He is thus blessed with a long and blissful life.

Thus the Shanti aspects, which run through the "Shastipoorthi" celebrations provide a fusion of spiritual and social obligations which are the very bed rock the Indian culture.

61st Birth day (shashtyabtha poorthy)

'Sashtyabthapurthi' means completion of sixty years. This 'shanti' is performed for oneself on completion of 60 years and beginning of 61st year (61st birthday). Everyone including ladies can and should perform this 'shanti' to alleviate the sins committed so far and to re-charge our life.

As per Vedic scriptures, Human life is for 120 Years. Completion of sixty years means completing half-of-our full life. Tamil / Sanskrit years also have sixty year cycle.

In this function, poojas, japa and homams are done to numerous gods. Prominent amongst them are....Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, mruthyunjaya parameswara, laxmy-narayana, navagrahas and naksatra devathas

As per our scriptures, The following seven holy souls are called 'chiranjeevees', i.e. immortal souls. Remembering them brings good life. Prayer is offered for them during this occasion.

1.Aswaththama; 2.Mahabali; 3.Veda vyasa; 4.Hanuman; 5.Vibheshana; 6.Krupacharya; 7.Parasurama

Samvathsara devatas (60) i.e. Gods personifying all the sixty tamil / sanskrit years.

Nakshathra devatha (28) i.e. Gods personifying all the stars under the planet. Please note that veda mentions 28 stars, but in present day astrology we use only 27 stars.

Thithy devatha (15) i.e. Gods personifying the days of phase of the moon.

Navagrahas (9). Nine planets who rule and prescribe results for our karmas.

Dikpalakas (10) etc. i.e. Gods for ten directions.

We worship all the above gods at the completion of one's 60th birthday and the beginning of 61st birthday.

http://www.subhakariam.com/sashtiya…

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i saw the responses you received ,they are really valuble. i cannot tell the same thing to you , but the matter ends there as you had came to know all about shashtiabthapoorthi. i also would advvice you to conduct it in a temple (e.g. thirukkadayur in tamilnadu) as this type of poojas are valuble and we do not want appreciation that it went on very well or the food was good etc. but we want our elders to be with us and guide us. the temple mentioned above is very powerful and famous for sashti abtha poorthi functions. god will defenitely help your father and mother have the saddabhishekam also done(80 th birthday)

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