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The gates of the wedding hall are adorned with full-grown plantain trees, signifying evergreen plenty for endless generations.
Overhead festoons of mango leaves signify the never fading relationship to begin here. Notes of nadaswaram heard loud and clear to signify the union here is sacred and divine.
Kolam or rangoli designs at the doorsteps match the mood of the occasion, beckoning a hearty welcome to the well wishers who arrive for the function.
At the threshold of the hall, sprinkling of rose water perfumes the visitors. Offering of flowers to women express a wish of Prosperity for the lady guest. The sugar candy brings forth the sweetness of happy event that the visitor has arrived to take part in.
The evening prior to the wedding day, the bridegroom is brought in a procession from a temple in a flower-decorated vehicle. He is escorted by the bride’s parents and welcomed at the marriage mandapam. This is a social function called ‘Jana Vasam’ in south India. Through such a parade, public approval is sought of the groom, chosen by the family.
After reaching the marriage hall, there is a formal bethoral ceremony signifying the agreement between the families for the proposed alliance. The day of marriage
During a marriage, Ganapathi, the God, the remover of obstacles is invoked to
keep away all impediments for such an auspicious function.
Navagraha puja is performed to propitiate the nine astral planets that rule over man's destinies.
Vratham The marriage ceremonies begin with vratham perrformed separately by the bride and the groom. For the bride, it means the tying of the kappu, the holy thread on her wrists, which is meant to ward off all evil sprits. It symbolizes a kind of protective armor for the bride.
For the groom vratham begins with invocations involving the Gods Indra, Soma, Chandra and Agnii. From thereon the groom prepares himself for a new chapter in his life as a householder or Grihasta. The days of his bachelorhood or brahmacharya are over now. The acceptance of his is all what the vratham is about.
This is a very important part of the ceremony. Immediately after his student life, the young bachelor has two alternatives before him – Grihasta or Sanayas. Being by nature in a satvic state due to strict adherence of bachelorhood and observance of austerities, he is drawn towards asceticism. Therefore he makes his way to Kasi, complete with slippers, umbrella, a fan made of bamboo etc. On his way the bride’s father intervenes and advises him of the superiority of married life to an ascetic life. He also promises to give his daughter as companion to face the challenges of life. The umbrella is to remain with the groom, to remind him in the future of this advice. As promised his wife stands by him in his life.
The bride and groom are lifted to the shoulders of their respective maternal uncles. This is an expression of continuing sibling support to their mothers. And in that position the two garland each other thrice for a complete union. In our
as one soul in two bodies.Shastra. The chains of the swing signify the eternal karmic link with the Almighty. The to and fro motion represents the undulating sea-waves of life. Yet in mind and body they shall move in harmony – steady and stable. as women sing songs to praise the couple. This ritual invokes the blessing of the eight direction quartered guardian angels (Ashtadikh Paalaks) for a healthy life and progeny to the couple. Colored globules of cooked rice are waved in a circular motion and thrown away to propitiate the evil spirits. the sprouted seedlings are released in a river or pool. This is done by the bride’s father. It is inward acceptance by each of the very fragrance in the other. As a brahmachari. the groom is represented as the male principle of Godhead. Oonjal The marrying couple is seated on a swing. The bride and groom are given a sweet concoction of milk. Pots spread at the base with hariali grass and Bael leaves (vilvam). Paligai Seeds Sowing This is a fertility rite. The feet of the bridegroom are washed in milk and wiped off with silk. The Design of the Mangalyam . After the marriage. Water and lighted lamps are circulated around the swing in order to guard against demons and ghosts. sugar and bananas to eat. Paligai are earthern pots prepared a day earlier. the exchange of garlands symbolizes their unification. They rock forth and back. Nine kinds of presoaked cereals are ceremoniously sown in these pots by sumangalis.
And may your prosperity increase. Let this water purify your married life. it symbolizes that her man has occupied the whole of her being through her heart. A new sari. The mantras chanted at this time say: “Let this gold multiply your wealth. The bride in all ceremonies is represented as the female principle of Godhead – the Shakti. It is supposed to signify that just as a bullock cart cannot run with just one bull.” The symbolism of the yoke is drawn out of ancient rural life where the only mode of transport for households was the bullock cart. As the Mangal Sutra lands on the middle of the bride’s chest. And over it is placed a yoke. The colour of the koorai is ‘arraku’ i. This sari is draped around the bride by the sister of the bridegroom. The mantras then . the marriage needs both the bride and groom. exclusive for the occasion. A belt made of reed grass is then tied around the bride’s waist. Kanya Danam The bride is made to sit on her father’s lap and is given away as a gift by him to the bridegroom. called the koorai pudavai is chosen.The design of the mangalyam varies from family to family as per tradition. red. Both of them have to face their responsibilities together. The gold Mangal Sutra or Thali is placed on the aperture of the yoke. In Shivite families the design of the tulasi madam is highlighted where as others could have the shiva lingam and Goddess Meenakshii represented. Offer yourself to your husband. On the bride’s head. signifying her welcome to the bride. the colour associated with Shakti. And water is poured though the aperture. The bride is then given an auspicious ablution. a ring made of darbhai or Kusa grass is placed.e.
good natured. Wealth and Love” The bridegroom returns his assurance to the bride’s father saying three times that he shall remain for ever her companion in joy and sorrow. very wise. the girl is now free to be given over to the care of the human -. In the next stage of life the Gandharvas gave her playfulness and beauty.chant: "She standeth here. in this life and life after." Thanksgiving vedic hymns follow. decked with ornaments to the best of my abilities. to the celestial caretakers of her childhood. the dieties of soma. As one blessed with boons of a good mind. She standeth as one who is avowed to stand by her husband virtuously. The vedic concept underlying this ritual is figuratively that in her infancy Soma givers her the coolness of the moon. And when she becomes a maiden Agni gave her passions. pure before the holy fire. With all that she shall guard thy Dharma. a healthy body. Kankana Dharana . gandharva and agni.her man. Be she tied with this reed grass rope to the sacrament of marriage. The father of the bride while offering his daughter chants: “I offer ye my daughter: A maiden virtuous. life-long companionship of her husband (sumangaliu bhagyam) and children with long lives. Having attained nubility.
The mantras say: "The Devas have offered you to me in order that I may live the life of a Grihasta. The vedic hymn recited by the bridegroom when he ties the knot is: "I pray to the Almighty that I be blessed with a long life. A little later. As he does so the nadaswaram is played loud and fast so as to muffle any inauspicious sounds at the critical hour. We shall not part from each other even when we grow old. Oh Soubhagyawati. The bridegroom puts the gold Mangal Sutra around the neck of the bride. Mangalya dharanam The tying of the Mangal Sutra or Thali takes place at exactly the pre-determined auspicious hour. may providence bestow on you a fulfilling life of a Sumangali for a hundred years to come!" Paani Graharam This means holding hands." Saptha Padi . The groom holds the hand of the bride. The other two knots are tied by the groom’s sister to make the bride a part of their family. To this three knots are tied. This is called Getti Melam. I tie this knot around your neck. It is only after tying the kankanam that the bridegroom gets the right to touch the bride. the bridegroom ties a kankanam to the bride’s wrist. The first one by the bridegroom. At the same time as the mangal sutra a turmeric thread is also put around the bride’s neck. Sumangali ladies sing auspicious songs.The bride ties a string fastened to a piece of turmeric around the wrist of the bridegroom to bind themselves by a religious vow.
They couple goes around the fire. We shall observe the vows together. and feed it with ghee and twigs of nine types of holy trees as sacrificial fuel. Hence. I shall be the sama and you the Rig. Together we shall live. I shall be the sukhilam and you the holder. We shall love. the all-round benefactor is deemed as a witness to the sacred marriage. Let us make a vow together. one become’s the other’s friend. With each step they take a vow. share the same food. which merits the gift received. Agni. curative and cleansing effects on the bodies of the couple. This is the most important part of the marriage ceremonly. share our strengths. Pala Dhanam as ordained by the scriptures is thus an action signifying mutual arrangements between the families. thesame tastes. The mantras said at this time mean: "Ye who have walked with me. Come thou. Hence the term ‘Agni Saakshi’ or . The belief is that when one walks seven steps with another. whereby I acquire your friendship. o sweet worded girl. perform the saptha padhi) is the marriage complete. The return gesture by the family of the groom could never equal to the gift of the bride given to the groom. the God of Fire. beget children and other riches. become my companion. And only when they walk these seven steps together (i." Pala Dhanam Gifts are exchanged between the families of the bride and groom. Also no gift shall be taken without a return gesture. Any gift not accompanied by a token gesture of a coin of small denomination that represents the stored value of human effort is considered incomplete. We shall remain together – Inseparable. I shall be the upper world and you the earth. thus respecting the value of human effort through which wealth is acquired.e. Pradhana Homam A crucial part of the wedding is the homage paid by the couple to Agni. the sacred purifier. We shall be of one mind.Holding the bride’s hand the bridegroom walks seven steps around the holy fire with her. to be based on the principle of equality and respect for each other irrespective of one’s economic stature in life. the mightiest power in the cosmos. The fumes that arise possess medicinal. the same coin given to the groom’s family is returned to the bride’s family an acknowledgment of the priceless gift received.
The feeding of puffed rice to the fire is also repeated thrice. Arundhati Star Next the groom shows the bride the star Arundhati (from the saptha rishi or Great Bear constellation) as also Dhruva or the pole star. Showering of Akshada . the bride seeks a long life for her husband and for propagation of her family. Through this food offering.the embodiment of charity. He gives her a handful of puffed rice grains which she hands to the bridegroom. and let thy mind be rock firm.witness by fire. unperturbed by the trials and tribulations of life. Laaja Homam This comprises the bride’s own offering into the sacrificial fire.” This ritual is symbolic of the solid rock foundation for the union. Arundhati is the wife of the Vashishta maharishi and exemplified as the ideal wife . Treading on the Grindstone Holding the bride’s left toe the bridegroom helps her to tread on a grindstone kept on the right side of a fire. As an expression of sibling support to her marriage her brother helps her. Participation of the bride’s brother indicates the continuance of links between the two families even after marriage. feeds it to the fire. The mantras chanted say: “Mount on this stone. The couple circles the fire three times. who on her behalf.
fanning him. making fun of the bride. During these events women sing songs. These events bring out the qualities of the bride and the groom’s sporting spirit. Rolling the coconut from one to another as in playing ball and so on. Gruhapravesham Taking with her fire from the Laaja Homam. The newly wed wife calls her husband for play. rice grains coloured with turmeric and saffron are showered on the couple by elders and invitees as benediction. Much to the merriment of all gathered. Mangala Arathi A solution of lime and turmeric powder is prepared on a plate. thus bringing about better understanding and compatibility. there follows a series of playful games. showing him a mirror. the bride takes leave of her home and enters the new home of her in-laws. inviting him through a song.Ashathai. i. The vedic hymns recited at this time sound like the mother’s advice to her daughter: "Be the queen of your husband’s home. May your husband glorify your virtues! Conduct yourself in such a way that you win your mother-in-law’s love. circled around before the couple and thrown away to ward of evil." The Evening Functions Nalangu The evening of the marriage day is the time to relax and play. breaking papads over each other’s head.e. the groom and the in-laws. kindness. And be in the good books of your sister-in-law. co-operative nature thus surfacing the hidden traits for the other to note. Wrenching the betel pack from each other’s hands. This is also done a number . The bride anointing the groom’s feet with colour paste.
Two souls united in a sacred act of fulfillment.of times during the wedding ceremony. Flowers 6. Shanthi Muhurtham The consummation of the marriage at night fixed for an auspicious time for a happy. Other services related to the function When a man turns sixty it is not just another birthday that is to be celebrated with usual . Nadaswaram 5. Booking of hall (optional) 2. Arranging purohits or vadiyars 3. ever-lasting married life that is full of understanding and care. to bring forth progeny as nature's best creation. Shashtiabdhapoorth i We arrange the following for the function: 1. Food services according to individual style and need 4.
flowers. a measure undertaken to ensure good health. .on that date a shaanthi Yagna to be conducted with the help of learned vedic panditsto ward off all evils that may affect the kartha in the continuing years. especially from the 54th Birth day onwards Kaamyartha Prayaschitha Karma seeking good health. which is just half the span of time originally given to man is considered a critical period . peace and longevity. During the life time of a person.gifts. yamala. It is also a happy event that reinforces the existing bond between the man and his wife and is expressed in the unusual custom of a remarriage of the couple watched fondly by a retinue of children grandchildren . the following dushta grahaas like Kala yavana.it also calls for no less than a sacred Vedic celebration called Shshtiabdapoorti:'Shasti' being 60. He performs a religious Shanti.'Abdam' the year. sudoomra etc would create APAMRUTHYU to the person concerned.cake and candles. At sixty .cards.According to the science of Hindu numerology . As reported in the sruthies.6 happens to be an uneasy number and therefore 60 is a time when the ruling planet of a person may have an adverse effect on a man's life.greetings... While it may include all that . with Poorti signifying the completion of 60 years in a man's lifetime. as well as affect the health of his/her parents/ spouses children etc. When a person he or she is completing his/her 60 th birth day .man had crossed only 50% of his life because the actual span of his life is 120 years according toVedas.relations and friends.A sixtieth year. soon after the completion of his first cycle of Sashti Samvatsara. Veda Uktha Poorna Aayu: and remedy from all sins starts.
Saptha Rishies. In the Samkalpa one prays for Health. (towards cow dhaana generally a coconut. Poorvanga Go Dhaana. During the pooja the following deities are invoked either in the kalasams/Kumbhams or in the Mandalam .along with money equivalent to the value of a cow is given to a purohit) etc. Mangala Devatha.Pretha – Mruthyu Bhaya and to get rid of all sins acquired till then this Kaamyartha Sashti Abdha Poorthi karma should be performed. Nakshatra Devathas. Prosperity. Soman 8. Gowri. Nirruthi 5. Poorna Aayu: He also prays for protection from bad effects due to bad viewership or bad positioning of the planets and other dushta grahas as stated earlier. Dhishanaam. Samkalpam. Durga. Sashti Samvatsara Devathas. Vishnu 11.called Sathya Vasu . for commencements of the function.. Saptha Chiranjeevees. Wealth. Arunthathi. Indra 2. “ANUKJNA” is followed by Vigneswara Pooja. Navagraha devathas etc. After completion of morning rituals like Sandhya Vandanam /Bath etc (purfication functions) seek permission from the learned vedic pandits. Vayu 7.1. After giving Graha Preethi Dhaana. Varunan.good health and poorna Aayu: for himself as well as for his family members. Brahamma 10.To ward off from Bhootha. Ugra Rathaakya Rudra ( Amrutha Mruthyunjayan) Markandeyan. Yama 4. Varunan 6. Vrudha Matha. are performed ( as per the soothra they follow and Kula Aachara/Desa Aachara) Abyuthaya Sraadham ( Nandee Sraadham) is performed thereafter invoking the departed souls. During this shaanthi one also seek from the God. Agni 3. Eesanan 9.
Paddy. This is followed by Veda Ghosha from the veda followed by the kartha. In the Sooktha Japa Rakshogni Mantras. sookthams are chanted. Masha. to one. the devathas invoked in kalasas are under:Amrutha Mruthuyunjaya (1) Brahmma (1) Vishnu (1) Rudra (1) Markandeyan (1) For Ashta Dik Devathas like Indra etc (8) . purohits invoke all the devathas with vedic mantras and complete Shodasa Upachara Pooja ( 16 ways of upachara Pooja). After installation of Kalasas and Mandalas over Dhaanyas like.Samjnaka and seeking their blessings in advance. Kalasa Sthapanam etc. In some other places only 12 kalasas are placed proportionately reducing the multiple kalasas to only one in each group. Navagrahas (9) Chiranjeevees (7) Ayurdevatha (1) Nakshatra Devathas ( 28) . Dik Palaka mantras. Acharya Varanam. Then follows Punya Aham. as ordained. Black til seed etc. Varuna Sooktha. Wheat. Samvatsara Devathas (1) Saptha Rishies (1) In some places only 33 kalasas are placed reducing multiple kalasas in the case of Nakshatra Devathas. Brahma Vishnu Rudra/Durga/Sree/Bhoo/Mruthyu/Ayushya/Baagya etc. Thryambaka and Rudra Gayathri Mantras. Different methods are followed in Kalasa Sthapanam/ Mandala Sthapanam. Paavamana Sooktha. Rice. Rithvik Varanam. Where 60 kalasas are used. Sri Rudram/Chamakam and Purusha Sooktham are also chanted This Japa conclude with Nakshatra .
Kalasa Jala ( water from the holy pots ) are smeared over the kartha and other people assembled there. CURD ( to be applied in the forehead) 3. Homa would be performed with 108 aahuthees chanting Thrayambaka Mantras. GOROCHANAM (to be applied in the head) 2. On completion of Puna Pooja. By doing this Mangala Snaana . DEEPAM ( see the light of the deepam) 10 EARTH ( touch the earth preferably the mud from beneath the tulasi plant ) 11. There after Mangala Snaana is performed on the kartha ( Dampathees). Next to completion of the japa.GHEE ( to applied on the eye lids) 4. are also chanted. Grutha Sooktham. FLOWERS ( place in the head) 8.Samith. good appearance. . Pancha Shaanthi and Ghosha Shaanthi. Prosperity. Fame.Sooktham. Good Health. . BLADES OF GRASS (to be placed on the head) 5. Strength. MIRROR ( view the mirror) 9. In some places first panchathi from each of the 44 anuvakas from the Yajur Veda Samhitha. acquiring all comforts in life etc.Ghee ( Aajyam) Havis ( in some places Til seed is also used). COW’S MILK ( to be sprinkled on head) 6.. gaining of knowledge and removal of all sins. removal of ugliness. Mangala Snana performed with 11 Dravyas are as follows: 1. Poorna Aayu: 2.one is praying for 1. This is followed by AAJYA NIREESHANAM ( CHAYA DHANAM) . Each of the above Dravya is used praying for specific fulfillment of desires. Courage. etc. removal of all diseases. Homa is concluded with Swishta Krutha and Jayathi Homa. fulfillment of all desires.GOLD ( place a coin or gold article in the head).FRUITS (touch the fruits with hands) 7.
the Rithviks assembled their do the Abhisheka with the Kalasa jala on the kartha along with chanting of mantras. Thereafter Dasa Dhaana ( 10 types of gifts) are given to purohits. Seasme/Til ( black) in a copper vessel or iron vessel is given praying for removal of all sins. 5.( Generally substituted by Sandal Wood piece). This is followed by AARDRA VASTRA DHAANA ( the cloth used by the couple at the time of Abhisheka). Ghee in a bronze Vessel for pleasing of all devathas and praying for removal of all aarjitha . This Abhisheka should be done only by elderly scholarly people and ritviks . cloth wrapped around Kalasas as well as the icons / Prathimas made of Gold/silver if any placed over the respective kalasas. Cow Dhaana is given praying for peace/prosperity etc.This Dhaana is given praying for comfortable living. Hiranya ( Gold) Dhaana is given again praying for removal all acquired sins. Generally substituted by a Coconut and Go Moolya ( that is price of a cowUttaranga Go Dhaana) 2.Soon After Mangala Snaana is over . 3. Bhoo Dhaana : Land for cultivation or dwelling should be given. are also should be given as dhaana to purohits. 4. 1.
and Udhaka Kumba( Brass or Copper vessel with water) . Vastram (Veshti-Uthareeyam) – Praying for good health and prosperity. A religious book. A bell. They are Deepam. Lavanam ( Salt) To Please Sri Rudra seeking good health. Some people give Pancha Dhaana also ( Gift of 5 items) apart from the above.Finally Phala Dhaana to be given to one and all who have come for the function. Bhoori Dhakshina is given to all Scholars and other elders who have graced the occasion. . Food grains ( Paddy/Rice/Wheat etc) Praying for Subhiksham in life. Jaggery: To Please Goddess Lakshmi and seeking all prosperity 9. 6. Vastram.papas. 10. These Dhaanas are made seeking the Blessings of all Devathas/ purohits etc. 8. Roupyam ( Silver) To please piturs/ Maha Vishnu seeking their blessings. The above two Dhaanas are given seeking their good wishes. 7.
This term is derived from Sanskrit. The term Shasti in numerology denotes sixty (60). abda–completion. Function would be concluded by Maha Aashirvadams from Ritviks and elders present there. Prokshanam of the Abisheka Jalam follows. Siva Lingam. Salagramam. the completion of sixty years is referred to as Shastipoorthi. They are Deepam. A touching reminder of the rich. mellowed life that would unfold in the years to come . Vibhoothi. Which means Shasti–Sixty. Rudra Japam by 11 Rithviks 11 times as ordained would be followed by Dasamsa Rudra Homa and Vasordhara. In some places additionally Shad Dhaanas (six gifts) are made. ( This method is prescribed for our benefit by Rishi Sownaka) Some people conduct Rudra Ekadasini in the previous day. Rudraksham.. In Samkalpitha Dhaanam comes Phalaka (Wooden Plank-Seat) Chatra ( Umbrella) Yashti ( Walking Stick) Vyajanam ( Hand Fan) Paada Raksha ( chappal) etc. Dasa dhaanams are given thereafter to please various Gods/Devathas/Pitrus/Ritviks etc.As by customs and practices prevalent in their family Lakshmi Pooja is done to the Mangalya specially prepared for that occasion. Jala Patram. Please note that there may be exception to this in some cases or as warranted by the situation. A memorable turning point. Then follows Brahmana bhojanam / Bhuktha Dakshina and Swasthi Vaachanam. and Mangalya Dharana would be completed on the auspicious Muhurtha. The sixtieth year in everyone’s life is a significant milestone. In an individual’s life.
a river bank or even a householder’s residence.In case it is not possible to time it exactly on the same day. Three different ways are chiseled to carry out the Shanti aspect. Similarly the deities of ganapathi Durga and vishnu are to be worshipped. only a limited few like the kings and the emperors can follow it in toto. Shanti and 2.This is considered to be the best option. pratima sthapana and archana form a very important part of the programme. The rituals in the former go by the norms prescribed in the shastras. Janmarshe Devaalaye Janmamaasecha chaiva kartavyaa nadeeteere swagruhe Swajanmadivase tathaa shanti rugrarathaahvayaa 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. Going by this. They are Shounakoktam Bodhaayanoktam Shaivaagamoktam The basic elements of these three ways remain the same. Mrityinjayadevata Kalasa sthapana. though it is not entirely ruled out for devout householders.The choice of the place to carry out this programme could be a pilgrim town. pre-sixty is a period of materialistic pursuit while the post–sixty span is slated for spiritual endeavour. They looked at it as rebirth and suggested the repetition of those rituals performed at one’s birth. The Shastipoorthi celebrations in modern times have two important aspects 1. Shaivaagamokta Santi is very elaborate and ritual–laden. Given its exhaustive scope of rituals. Kranthi. Janmatah Shastime Varshe is the Shaunakokthi. Janmaabde. This is considered to be the best option. Shanti has to be performed in the Sixtieth year and we have the following quote to substantiate it. Of all. allowance is given to perform it on a convenient day during and before the completion of sixtieth year. Hence this celebration at this point of life is a sacred part of the hallowed vedic culture.This consitutes Paratpara Puja. SHANTI The rituals carved out as part of Shanti are also referred to as Ugraradha Shanti.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. The Ugraradha Shanti is a prayer sent to the heavens to make the post–sixty span a spiritually fulfilling experience. though the contents vary marginally. a temple. while the latter is purely conventional in nature. . Ugraradha is nothing but the harsh natured time. In a hundred-year time scale of man’s life.
Acharyas and ritviks take the sanctified water and perform Abhisheka to the householder. each karana and each raasi are duly worshipped. . KRANTHI After the successful completion of "Shanti" programme. Couple who have completed their 60th year faithfully together. to Pancha brahmas are soulfully worshipped. the rivers. he participates in alms giving much to the satisfaction of everyone in the society.The seas. Japa Tapas etc. the householder fulfils his social obligation of offering warm thanks to each and every particle in the universe. each season. navagrahas are involved into the Holy Kalasas and the respective gods are worshipped. As a humble token of gratitude. Ekadasa Rudraas. Through it. Here. the presiding deities of the Directions (Dikpalakas). Through this worhsip is offered to God who presides over every element in nature. (Shukla and Krishna) each tithi (15) each day of the week (seven) each star (27 stars). homa. thus infusing the whole programme with social and democratic temper. It is actually conducted like a wedding. The Acharyas and ritviks who conducted the Shanti Yagna should be given "Dasha Daanaas" "Navagraha daanaas". Sapta Vayus. Each. "Godaana". each fortnight. which contributed to his sixty year successful span on this earth. He is thus blessed with a long and blissful life. it falls on the birthday of either spouse who completes his / her 60th year. The powerful presence of the paramaatma who lords over the whole universe is fervently acknowledged in this method. Here the accent is laid on feeding the poor and the destitute. the Kranthi programme follows in which "Kalyaanam" is very important "Kranthi" means "to step ahead" and signifies heading towards a new life. All these deities who preside over every speak of the universe are to be duly worshipped by means of Kalasha Aaraadhana. to mention a few of all the "daanaas". Pratima Puja. The householder is said to relieved of his social – secular – spiritual obligations when he successfully participates in this Shanti programme. (six rithis) each month (12 months). Similarly all the gods who govern each year of the Telugu Calendar (60 years) each Ayana (Uttara. ‘Annadaana’ ranks supreme and the host should take care that people belonging to all walks of life are properly and sumptuously fed. All this is to be culminated by Homa. fires and religious rites. Dakshina). with the couple's children and grandchildren celebrating the function with yaga. The almighty who is omnipresent in the celestial universe ranging from Dwadasa Adityas. a humble prayer is sent to the almighty god who weaves every moment in the vast tapestry of time. Dasha Dishaas. Astavasus. yoga.
to eat fruits. Namasthesthu Maha Maye. Bhringanga Neva mukulabharanam thamalam. Marriage in the younger days promises physical proximity. . control over food are considered to be very important. Who is being worshipped by Devas. The Mahabharata explains Vaanaprastha dharmas as follows: To reside in the lap of nature. Who is the Goddess of wealth. Thus the Shanti – Kranthi aspects. while the one performed now brings about spiritual affinity. The "Kalyaana Veduka" is a reminder of the unique role they are to play in the years to come."Shastipoorthi" is a good bridge – builder between householder’s domestic concerns and Vaanaprasta’s spiritual yearnings. Fasting. observance of sitence. which run through the "Shastipoorthi" celebrations provide a fusion of spiritual and social obligations which are the very bed rock the Indian culture. All the dhramas of life are poised on Grihastha dharma. One should celebrate Bheemaradha Shanthi at 70th year. All these go into the making of "Tapas" an earnest who tread this noble path are sure to realise noble goals. Sri Pede Sura Poojithe. Again Salutations to the Mahalakshmi Angam hare pulaka bhooshanamasrayanthi. to wear simple dress and to observe celibacy are the duties of those who choose to become Vaanaprasthas. She was born out of the ocean of milk. During Vaanaprastha. who is the Goddess of wealth. It is said in Mahabhrata that those who lead a life of abstenence along with the spouse and live upto the cherished ideals of Vaanaprastha are entitled to gain entry into the Higher worlds of heaven and are destined to live a life full of boundless bliss. Vijayaradha Shanti at 78th year and perform Shataabhisheka Shanti during the hundredth year. wheel and mace in her hands. Mahalakshmi Namosthuthe Salutations to the great enchantress. Sankha Chakra Gada Hasthe. there are a few more valuable imperatives to be carried out. the married couple is to fulfil their life’s mission by staying together through observance of celibacy. Along with that. And who holds Conch. meditation. May lord Srinivasa along with his consort Alimelu Manga bestow on the choicest blessings Lakshmi The consort of Lord Vishnu.
Learn Yoga for Positive and General Health .com We. Mangalyadasthu mama mangala devathaya. Let her who is the Goddess of all good things. 80th Birthday) at Thirukadaiyur • • • • • • • • Home Packages & Services Thirukadaiyur Importance About the Temple Visit Markandeyar Temple Ayul Shanthi Parihaarams Photo Gallery Reach Us Welcome to Shastiapthapoorthi. To the unopened buds of black Tamala tree. Bheema Radha Shanthi (70th Birthday) and Sadaabishegam (80th Birthday). Grant me a glance that will bring prosperity. The Goddess Lakshmi is attracted. 70th Birthday. To the Hari who wears supreme happiness as Ornament. Mahamrithunjeya Homam to be performed at Sri Abhirami Sametha Amirthagadeshwarar Temple at the famous Thirukadaiyur historically meant for performing 60th Birthday and also at T.5 Km) from Thirukadaiyur. Food and Accommodation. We have designed a complete set of packages which includes all Poojas and Homas to be performed which covers Transporation.Manalmedu Sri Markandeyar Temple (0. direct from the Gurukkal family (senior Priest – 8th Generation at Thirukadaiyur Sri Abhirami Sametha Amirthakadeshwarar Temple Devasthanam) offer different type of packages which suits your requirement for performing Shastiaptha Poorthi (60th Birthday).Angikrithakhila vibhuthirapanga leela. To Celebrate Shastiapthapoorthi ( 60th Birthday. Like the black bees getting attracted.