The January 7, 2016 Pradosham fell on a Thursday. All 13th Moon phase days are called Pradoshams and are opportunities to dissolve negative karma. However when Pradoshams fall on specific days of the week, additional benefits are believed to accrue.
Monday: Soma Pradosham helps to attain good health and fulfills one's desires and wishes.
Tuesday: Bhauma Pradosham, provides relief from disease and improves one’s financial condition.
Wednesday: Pradosham on this day is believed to be fruitful for wisdom and knowledge. Also blesses the childless with progeny.
Thursday: Guru Pradosham helps in achieving victory over opponents and enemies. Helps dissolve negative karma and invokes the blessings of grace from the Guru.
Saturday: Shani or Maha Pradosham is observed by couples for a harmonious married life.
|Periya Nandi, Arunachaleswarar Temple|
|Abhishekam Periya Nandi, Arunachaleswarar Temple|
|Devotees watching the Periyar Nandi Abhishekam|
The Periyar Nandi is 6 feet long with gaze directed to the west and towards the Moolasthana. Its head is slightly turned towards north while the heads of all the other Nandis at Arunachaleswarar Temple are turned slightly south.
Five Temple Nandis
From east to west the five Temple Nandis are:
Periya Nandi in front of Vallala Gopuram Fifth Prakaram.
Chinna Nandi Fourth prakaram
Kodi Kampathu Nandi Third Prakaram
Ratha Vilaku Nandi Second Prakaram
Pradosha Nandi Moolastanam