What does it mean?
Shashtiabdhapoorthy, literally translates to 'Completion of 60th Year'.
What makes this occasion special, unique and different from other birthdays? Indian calendar is different and unique from others and is mostly based on Astronomy. Another unique feature of Indian calendar is that, it is further divided into two, Chandramana(Thithi based on Moon phases) and Souramana(Thithi on movement of Sun). A Vedic year has the following sub divisions, two Ayanas (Solstices), six Ritus (Seasons), twelve Months, two moon phases (waning and waxing) and days. There are further more categories such as Muhurt, Nakshatra, Hora etc. but those are more related to Time.
In Vedic tradition, there are 60 years (Samvatsara/Varsha) and each year has a name to it. Hence, the completion of 60 years is a unique correlation and also a divine new beginning.
Scriptures mention a Ritual to be performed on this special day, which is more of a remedy for all the known and unknown karma accumulated since birth and for all the malefic combination of stars, planets and other birth chart (Jataka) doshas.
There are many reasons for "Why this ritual has become more of a celebration and less of a remedial ritual" like the abhishekam (pouring) of sanctified water over the couple and Mangalya Dharanam (tying the knot).
How does this Help?
· Removal of unknown and known karma/actions accumulated since birth
· Relief from planetary afflictions
· Blessings of various deities, sages and their forms (Time, seasons, moon phase and nakshatras)
Why Vedic Seva?
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Pujas performed for this Ritual
Ganesha worship for successful completion of the ritual.
Purpose and prayers of the participant (owner) mentioned along with other details of the ritual
Offering coins or currency notes to priests performing the ritual, to please the nine planets (Navagraha) and as a sign of gratitude for their presence and participation in the ritual.
Varuna Puja (Punyahavachanam)
Varuna, God of Oceans is invoked to cleanse the place of worship along with people and materials involved in the ritual.
Invocation of the desired deities in a Pot (Kalash)
Chanting of various veda mantras
Moola Mantra Japa
Chanting of moola mantra for a specific number of times
Final offerings of incense, light and food for the deities invoked in Pot.
Offering heartfelt prayers
Distribution of fruits or edible items offered during ritual, as a blessing of the deity.