Today (10th March, Friday) is a full moon day in the Tamil Calendar month of Masi. Today is a Pradosham day as well.
Pradosham is a bimonthly occasion on the thirteenth day of every fortnight in Hindu calendar. It is closely connected with the worship of Hindu god Shiva. The auspicious 3 hour period, 1.5 hours before and after the sunset is one of the optimum time for worship of Lord Shiva.
The fast or vow performed during the period is called Pradosha Viratam. A devotee should wear rudraksha, Vibhuti and worship Lord Shiva by Abhisheka, Sandal paste, Vilva leaves, Fragrance, Deepa & Naivedyam (Food offerings).
Pradosham is performed regularly in all temples of Lord Shiva when Trayodashi Tithi falls between 4.30 PM to 6.00 PM. It has been a tradition for a very long time in the Hindu religious tradition.
On this sacred occasion, special Deeparadhana will be performed for all the 5 Nandhis (The Sacred Bull-Lord Shiva’s main carriage) from 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM. The 5 Nandhis are – 5th Corridor, Periya Nandhi, 4th Corridor, China Nandhi, 3rd Corridor, Kodimaram Nandhi, 2nd Corridor, Saravilakku Nandhi, and Artha Mandapa Nandhi.
It is considered to be auspicious to take a Pradakshan (doing the sacred round) of the nandhi.
As per the Hindu itinerary, Lord Annamalaiyar is scheduled to visit Pallikonda Pattu to perform thithi for his father tomorrow (Saturday, 11th March).