Shashti Abda Poorthi is done on completion of 60 years of lifespan. In an individuals life, the completion of sixty years is referred to as Shastipoorthi. It is the best time in a person’s life to advance towards spirituality. By this time a person is contented from the material world and is ready to move further. This puja is done to invoke the blessings of the divine to pave the way ahead for the realisation of higher self.
The sixtieth year in everyone’s life is a significant milestone. A memorable turning point. A touching reminder of the rich, mellowed life that would unfold in the years to come. The sages and the Rishis of lore have acknowledged the sanctity of the sixtieth year in ones life and have drawn out elaborate rituals to mark this special event. The celebration at this point of life is a sacred part of the hallowed Vedic culture. The rituals carved out as part of Shanti are also referred to as Ugraradha Shanti. Ugraradha is nothing but the harsh natured time. In a hundred-year time scale of mans life, pre-sixty is a period of materialistic pursuit while the post sixty span is slated for spiritual endeavor. The Ugraradha Shanti is a prayer sent to the heavens to make the post sixty span a spiritually fulfilling experience.