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Query from: shyam, Chennai, India, 02/09/08
Topic: SPIRITUALITY      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: SashtiApthapoorthi puja

Hi. I want to perform the SashtiApthapoorthi puja for my dad. Can you pls give me more details, as to what is required and how to be prepared. We are having it done in a community hall.

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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Dear Shashtiabdha Poorthi is not a business but a celebration on a person's 60th Birth Day. You have posted this query in a wrong category. But i think its my previlege to give you the details with regard to this celebration.It is heartening to see youngsters like you to take interest & ask for details, to make sure that you celebrate both side parents" Sashtiabdapoorthi" in the prescribed manner ! I applaud you for being dutiful as a daughter & daughter-in-law ! This is a thanks giving to God, that your father is blessed with 60 years of his life and wishing for long life even after 60s. 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.

Also the celebration can be arrnaged in high budget and low budget as per the financial conditions of the family especially the children. Arrange pilgrimate, temple darshan, pujas in wide range in each and every temple, ramayan/Bhagavata parayan for day long, good feast with all tis customery item to nears and dears, even neighbours and general public etc. Group Bhajans and gift to couples who reached 60 fo age. Photo session etc.etc.

Maybe you'd like to kno why we celebrate 60th. birthday as a milestone. In the Indian system , we count time in cycles of 60 years ( you might have heard the names of the 60 years - prabhava, vibhava etc) So when a person reaches 60, he is in the year of the same name as in which he was born and hence the successful completion of one cycle. So, we give thanks for this longivity and pray for a trouble -free old age.( remember in olden days, the average life expectancy was much less and only purana purushas are said to have lived for hundreds of years. Ayushya Homan is a must, the others optional. In south india, we call it Arubatham Kalyanam giving rise to many jokes about 60th. wedding ! Actually Kalyanam only means auspicious occassion. But in some families they have a custom of having a real mini kalyanam with Mangalsutra, Swing function everything. May be to cheer up the senior citizens.Also, 70th and 80th & 100th birthdays are the next milestones when a person is felicitated for having seen " a thousand full -moons ( sahasra Chandra Darshanam) and so on.

It is a function to get blessing of those elders and moreover to bring all the relatives together as everyone of your relatives will want to get the blessings of those couples.It is nice to know that you want to perform Shastiaptha poorthi to your parents and in-laws. Generally, it is arranged by sons in south indian families and ofcourse nowadays daughters are doing great serice to their parents including those need to be done by sons. As someone has mentioned earlier, it is celebrated as second wedding to the elderly people bringing some cheer in their lives. It also provides an occassion for the entire family get together. Please go ahead and perform the function. But there may be some customary channges in norms and puja names and vidhi as per difference in caste, religion, society etc.

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Response from: mrs.ram s,   
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hi..its really great to celebrate your dad's sashtipathapoorthi puja... my whole hearted wishes to him,,,,

This is a thanksgiving to God, that you are blessed with 60 yrs of life.

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.

May be other members can throw more light on the subject ?

regards, S.Ram(ss)

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shyam,

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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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You can also see these links to know about Shasti-Abtha-poorthi - The Tradition & Significance

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Response from: Rajmi Arun,   
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First of all you need to consult your family Sasthrigal all about this. He will give you all the details you need.

The first day will be Rudra Japam, depending upon your budget, you could have 11 or more Sasthrigal to recite Rudram. The Kalasam with water will be poured on your dad's and mom'd head.

The next day is the Sastiapthapoorthi, Ayush Homam, Nakshtara Homam, Navagraha homam are performed for the well being of the couple and also for the family.

You can leave the decorations and food for contract with a caterer. Most of them specialize in this too.

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Response from: C. Raj, United Kingdom,   
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Shyam,

The best recommendation is for you to meet a good priest and get this arranged. It involves quite a few poojas and activities. Your father should have celebrated his 60th birthday and this Sasthiapthapoorth pooja must be performed before the 61st birthday.

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Response from: kjk jlkj,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Hai Shyam,

This is a thanksgiving to God, that you are blessed with 60 yrs of life.

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.

Rate = 2.5 (Rated by 6 Council Members)

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