Sunday, September 25, 2011

The 60th birthday is a landmark life event-Dr.K.Govindaraju

Dr.K.Govindaraju - 60th birthday
In Indian culture, the 60th birthday is a landmark life event and worthy of celebration. There are very specific symbols and traditions associated with a 60th birthday. Celebrations also highlight subsequent decades, starting from the 60th birthday. Indians consider the age of 60 to be the completion of one life cycle. Those who achieve the plateau of 60 years begin a new life cycle at that point. Traditionally, a 60th birthday party is a major occasion in Indian culture. The oldest children customarily organize a special celebration for their parents, at which family and friends gather to share the joy and to show their respect. The 60th birthday is normally celebrated at Thirukadaiyur a famous Shrine, One of the Eight Viraattanams (Avadharams) of Lord Siva. This temple belongs to Dharmapuram Aadinam (Mutt). These temple deities are sung by the three Tamil Trinities i.e, Appar, Sundar and Thirugna, Thirukkadaiyur is further purified by the holy trees like Pinchilam (2000 Years Old Tree) and Bael tree (Vilvam tree).Before taking Amirtham from Paarkadal, the Devas and Asuras did not pray the first God Vinayaga (Lord Ganesha). He got angry and had stolen the Amirthakalasa and hided it somewhere. It later on became Siva Lingam and hence the Moolavar is known as Amirtham + Kadam and briefly known as Lord Amirthakadeswarar.God Vinayaga has hided the Amirtha kalasam. Hence he gets the name Kallavaaranam. The famous votary of Lordess Abirami, the Abirami Butter has sung Pathigam and Andhadhi on the first God Kalavaranam. It has its own significance. The Lordess Abirami has come as Amman Sakthi from Lord Mahavishnu's ornament (necklace)..Thirukadaiyur is the place where Lord Shiva has bestowed immortality to Sri Maarkandaya and best owed with Ever Sixteen Age (16). For example Lord himself killed the God Yaksha (Yaman) and saved his votary’s life. He has also bestowed yama with the Absolution for the sake of the Goddess Bhumadevi..Here the Lord killed Yama, for the sake of his votary and has known as Lord Mirthunjayamoorthi. Hence, people perform Shastiapthapoorthi at the begininning of 60 of their Star Birthday. Govin

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