Ayush Homam is the homam performed to seek a long and healthy life. When babies’ first birthday is celebrated, Ayush Homam is the main part of the religious activities. The social events like cake-cutting etc. may come later. The first year of the child is considered critical and Ayush Homam becomes a way of thanking the Gods for keeping the child healthy. AyurBhagawan is considered the deity to be worshipped for a long life.
In the Hindu religious belief, there are different Gods and Goddesses and traditionally each God is specially invoked for specific benefits. AyurBhagawan (there is no known form or idol of this God).The basic belief is Gods have assigned among themselves the task of taking care of different aspects of human life. So, you have Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity, Saraswati for education and knowledge and so on. On the same lines, you worship AyurBhagawan for long life.
As indicated, the traditional belief and practice among the Brahmin community in South India/Tamil Nadu is that by performing Ayush Homam, you are invoking the blessings of God for a longer life span. The typical stages when Ayush Homam is performed are when a child is 1 year old, when the man or woman grows to 60, 70 and 80 years old. There are people who perform Aysuh Homam any time of the year to signify someone in the family recovering from a serious illness. There are really no restrictions on when to hold an Ayush Homam.
People performing Ayush Homam will be blessed by God with a longer life free from serious ailments. The pandits will add during the invocation, specific aspects to seek divine intervention.
Swarnatara spirituals can perform Ayush Homam in the right manner. We have a team of trained pandits to perform the homam.