Pradosham on May 4, 2016 heralded the start of Agni Natchathiram which according to Almanacs is regarded as the hottest time during the Summer season. This is the time that the Sun travels through the star Karthigai, which is governed by Agni (fire). The 2016 Natchathiram will end on May 28, peaking around May 11 to 24.
The Pradosham of May 4, 2016 fell on a Wednesday is known as Saumya Vaara Pradosha. The special significance of Pradosham falling on a Wednesday is believed to benefit a person with education, knowledge, fulfillment of wishes and progeny.
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
All of these five Temple Nandis receive abhishekam and aarti at Pradosham.
|Periya Nandi, Fifth Prakaram|
|Kodi Kampathu Nandu, Third Prakaram|
|Aarti at Kodi Kampathu Nandi, Third Prakaram|
|Lord Arunachaleswarar at Pradosham|
|Lord Arunachaleswarar on Circumambulation by palanquin on Golden Rishaba|