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A Classic Kalyana Mandapam
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The Start of Spiritual Journey

Shashti Aptha Poorthi (Meaning in Sanskrit Sashti - 60, Abda - years, Poorthi - completion) is also known as ‘Sashti Poorthi’. Sashti Aptha Poorthi is a Hindu ceremony celebrated in a kalyana mandapan, It is celebrated to respect the person who has completed his 60th birthday. In Hindu culture, completing 60th year is a turning point in a men’s life. Because it is the age symbolizes that he has fulfilled all his commitments to his family. So he can start preparing his mind to turn towards spirituality completely.

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Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy
Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy


The Mrityunjayadevata Kalasa Sthapanam and Pratima Sthapanam form an essential part, while archanais are also performed during the sashtiapthapoorthi in the kalyana mandapam. The Kalasa Sthapanam procedure can vary from one place to another, the only difference is the number of kalashas used, it can be 60, 33 or 12. After completing Kalasa Sthapanam, Shodasa Upacharam, Poojas are continued by chanting the Vedic mantras to invoke our deities.

Worshipping Gowri or Durga Devi and Lord Vishnu is an significant part of sashtiapthapoorthi. This ritual is called as Paratpara Puja. Prayers and pujas to Samvathsara devas- the gods of the sixty years, the Nakshathra devas- the gods for all the stars, Thithi Devas- the gods for the phases of the moon and Dikpalakas - the gods for the eight cardinal directions. These deities are invoked in the Mandalam or Kumbhams.

Various Vedic mantras are chanted including Varuna Sookhtha, Purusha Sooktha, Nakshatra Sookhta and Dik Palaka Mantras are performed and will be conclude with Dosha Shaanthi.

Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy
Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy

Why Sashtiapthapoorthi, the 60th Birthday Pooja?

  • The old couple prays the Lord to live a long and happy life together and to remove all kinds of sins, bad karmas they did before.

  • Celebrating Sashtiapthapoorthi in kalyana mandapam is one of the best remedy for old age illness and the God blesses them with great physical and mental strength.

  • This celebration increases the mangalya bhakya to the women.
  • Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy
    Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy

    Mangala Snanam and Homams

    Mangala Snanam which means divine bath, it performed on the couple in kalyana mandapam using 11 diraviyams, that are Gorochanam, , Ghee, Curd, Cow’s Milk, Durva grass, Fruits, Mirror, Deepam, Flowers, Mud, Gold. Managala snanam is conducted to get long and healthy life with courage, knowledge, wealth and beauty.

    Mangala Snanam is continued by the Kalasa Abhisekham in verandah of the kalyana mandapam on the couple by elderly people who are elder than the Sashtiapthapoorthi couple. The clothes used by couple in the ceremony is given to purohidhars as charity.

    The Homas can be performed in kalyana mandapam,so the homas included in the Sashtiapthapoorthi ritual are Ayush Homam, Navagraha, Dhavantri, Maha Mruthyunjaya.

    Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy
    Kalyana Mandapam in Trichy

    Types of Dhanam during Sashtiapthapoorthi

    • Gho Dhanam
    • Gold Dhanam
    • Bhoo Dhanam
    • Vasthra Dhanam
    • Jaggery Dhanam
    • Lavana Dhanam
    • Food Dhanam
    • Silver Dhanam
    • Ghee Dhanam
    • Sesame Dhanam
    • Panch Dhanam
    • Phala Dhanam

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