Shashti Abda Poorthi (Sanskrit meaning: Sashti = 60, Abda = years,Poorthi = completion) is also known as ‘Sashti Poorthi’. It is a Hindu ceremony that is celebrated to commemorate the 60th birthday of a person.It is the turning point in a man’s life for at this age one has usually fulfilled his commitments to family and home and so he can turn his mind to spirituality. We can say that, the period before he reached sixty is defined by materialistic pursuits and thereafter it is to be defined by his strive towards spiritualism.
Even before commencing the ceremony, the morning rituals like bath and sandhya vandhanam are carried out to purify the body. Vedic Pundits will now give permission to start the rituals, this is referred to as ‘ANUKJNA’.
• Ganapathi Pooja is done as in all the Hindu rituals.
•Sankalpam : The couple prays to the almighty to grant them a healthy and contented life. They also seek blessings from God to free from the sins committed and bad effects of forthcoming planetary periods.
• Graha Preethi Dhana and Vaishna Sradham are conducted at this stage.
• ‘Abyuthaya Sradham’ or ‘Nandee Sradham’ is performed to seek the blessings of the ancestors.
• Punyaham is done so as to sanctify the venue. It is also symbolic of purifying one’s body and mind.