Nandhi on Mattupongal day

Sumathi.v's picture

This is a picture of the Nandhi at Thiruvanamalai(my home town)which is decorated with varities of fruits ,vegetables ,snacks(like biscuits,popcorn,chocolates ,milk sweets) and flowers especially on MATTU PONGAL DAY.The offerings are made to the Nandhi in the form of garlands when people have their wishes fulfilled by the Lord.

Rangoli: Nandhi on Mattupongal day


Sumathi.v's picture

Friends the outer most garlandflowinf down is of popcorn,you can also see a currency garland

Lata's picture

Glad you told us Sumathi. I had never seen a popcorn garland used in temples. In the US, they use popcorn garlands for decorating Christmas trees.
I see a green "row" at the bottom of the currency layer, on the right side of the priests' shoulder. Is that made of leaves, or is that some vegetable. It sort of looks like a Bittergourd layer. Smile

jkmrao's picture

Impressive! How big is the aNNAmalai bull? The nandi at lEpAkshi (near Hindupur on the Bangalore-Guntakal railway line) is supposed to be the largest nandi. Next in line is the brihadISvara bull at tanjAvUru. Some of the other big bulls are at basavanaguDi, chAmuMDi beTTa and haLEbIDu.

Regards! - mOhana

Sumathi.v's picture

Mr.Rao this bull is as big as the one at Chamundi hills but smaller than the Tanjore bull

jayamohan's picture

It would have been nice if one layer of cholam instead of popcorn be used!
Yes Lata, the bottom layer is bitterguard only.
Somehow, I like Shivalinga and Nandi with minimum decorations!

judelined's picture

Sumathi thanks for sharing this pic with us - it is really interesting to know such facts... I can see that garland of five star and munch right below the last row of currency....

Sumathi.v's picture

you are right Judy, you can see garlands of Jangery,Athirasam,betel leaves,Murukku,Thatai,oranges,apples,grapes,toffes etc

Sumathi.v's picture

Lata u r right it is bittergourd mala

ashanagendra's picture

Thank you!!Sumati for sharing this with us,is this the same nandhi which had put cow dung after eating the grass??I had been to Tiruvannamalai we were told about this the story.
Yes Mohanaji,Nandhi in Lepakshi is the biggest.

judelined's picture

Yes I can see all of that Sumathi - and by the way Lata there is this pori garland (which resembles the popcorn garland) that is famous during ayudha pooja here in Chennai which the vendors use to decorate their stalls....

rajamma_2's picture

Nandhi's Beauty is the style of His sitting posture.Though the alankaara Maalai's are nice to look at,I still want to see the Nandhi in full, without all these.

Purni's picture

Thanks a lot for sharing this pic, Sumathi Ma'am....