When a man enters 81 years, Sathabhishekam 80th Birthday ceremony is done by the family members and
they enjoy it by gathering together and performing the Ayul Shanthi homams, Kalasa abhishekam followed
by the exchange of garlands for the couple to get the blessings of the god.
This is also known as Ayul Shanthi homam as the function improves the life year of the couple and gives them good strength and health. The married couple is blessed to have crossed 1000 full moons in their lifetime and they start to increase the spirituality in their lives.
The Mrityunjayadevata Kalasa Sthapanam and Pratima Sthapanam form an essential part,
while archanais are also performed during the Sathabhishekam 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 Sathabhishekam. 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.
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 Sathabhishekam 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 Sathabhishekam ritual are Ayush Homam, Navagraha, Dhavantri, Maha Mruthyunjaya.
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