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Shastiabdha Poorthi

September 10, 2010

Background music for this video:   ‘Alaipayudhe kanna’ by Subramanya Bharti, the great freedom fighter from tamil naad + poet.

This is one hit carnatic classical music song.


We celebrate the 60th birthday & 80th birthday of husbands in my place – like old grooms remarry their grey-haired brides for the second time & third time respectively during these great cultural occasions.  Mostly by 60th year, a man would be a grand father already & by 80th year, def a great grand father.  Same goes for the older bride who becomes a granny & great grand ma @ the same time.   Unfortunately my parents never lived long enough to relish this exhilarating experience… but my aunt & uncle had Sashtiabda Poorthi (60th one) and God Bless, they have the 80th one also in a same grand manner – a few yrs from now on….

I found this video which demonstrates such a beautiful occasion.   Def i would like to live long enough to celebrate such an anniversary with my husband – and hopefully i intend to be a grand ma by that time…  God willing…..


I think ours is the only culture where grown-up kids get their parents to remarry in front of their eyes  – such a touching, touching custom….  it so happens i always cry whenever i attend one… celebrated just as grand as the wedding of a young couple in their 20s…

Very few couples live long or healthy enough to celebrate the Sadabishek (8oth birthday of a groom) to exchange the marriage vows once again – but recently someone did.   We wanted to have such a grand one for my FIL & MIL but my FIL expired during his 74th yr.

Again, i am lucky enough to have  had a grand gala celebration for my aunt & uncle when my uncle turned 60 some years back.


My eyes became misty watching this video where the married children & young grand children give the elderly couple the ritual floral bath over a sieve.     (one that we use to sieve Atta for instance),   We all touch the couple’s feet for their blessings then.  (do pranaams or namaskaars).  Ofcourse, a lavish feast for guests on banana leaves follows.

(A ‘Kalash’ is until today a metal pot, usually in gold or silver, adorning the pinnacle of all hindu temples – be it north or south.   In temple Kalash, usually gold/ silver mango leaves are placed in the place of fresh mango leaves.   The pot is filled with holy ganga water.  But in ancient days, these pots were filled with even nav ratans or gold coins.   While most northern temples have a single Kalash, the southern temples have 5, 7, 9 or even upto 11 Kalash.   So can u imagine such a kalash atop an islamic architecture?

In this video: watch the ‘kalash’ the threaded silver pot filled with holy water & stuck with mango leaves – this is the Kalash that adorns the pinnacle of Taj Mahal … .. its an unshakable evidence/ unmistakable hindu symbol representing fertility; we use Kalash filled with holy water  (with turmeric dissolved – treating it as Ganga water, thus purifying with turmeric)  & mango leaves for everything from weddings to house warmings  to even death anniversary ceremonies & temple festivals…


The same Alaiypayudhe song was used by AR Rahman in the Mani Rathnam film ‘Alaipayudhe’ movie (remade into Sathiya in hindi with Rani Mukherjee & Vivek Oberoi)


From → Bharatiya Naari

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