Shashtyabda means ‘Sixty years’. Shashtyabdapoorthi is the completion of sixty years. It is a traditional practice in Sanatana Hindu Dharma to celebrate this milestone, when the head of the family reaches this age. As per Vedic scriptures, man’s life span is believed to be 120 years. Shashtiabdhapoorti (Kannada: ಷಷ್ಟ್ಯಬ್ದಿಪೂರ್ತಿ; Telgu: షష్ట్యబ్దిపూర్తి; Tamil: சஷ்டியப்தபூர்த்தி), marks the completion of half the life of one’s lifetime. Hindu calendar system has individual names for sixty Samvatsaras. Shashtiabdapoorthi marks the completion of one such cycle.
Every dad (father) is bound by the duties as the head of the family. He is supposed to complete his duties towards the family, like education and marriage to his children before reaching the age of sixty years. After this, he ideally performs the role of advisor.
Yamadharma (God of death) comes riding in a chariot called ‘Ugra Ratha’ at this juncture of sixty years. Shshtyabdapoorthi is a Shantikarya performed based on the Jamna Kundali (Birth Chart), on the day of birth-star to mark this milestone and offer gratitude for the life given by the Supreme God, to complete all the duties of Grihastha.