January 8th is Pradosham day!
January 9th is a Nataraja abhishekam day in which the Dancing Shiva is powerful!
January 10th is Arudra Darshanam or Lord Shiva's birthday.
This is the perfect combination to start 2009.
Pradosham is a great time to clear our Karmic baggage.
Nataraja abhishekam is a time to worship Shiva in his dancing form to wipe out sins from your Akashic records.
This concludes with Lord Shiva's Birthday on January 10.
'Thiruvanamallai' is a representation of the highest divinity, Lord Shiva, in the form of a mountain. This is called a 'Swayumbu Linga' or 'Self formed Linga' and, without any bar on religion or nationality, showers blessings when you think of it and when you circumambulate it. Performing circumambulation of this sacred mountain is considered the greatest tool to wipe out your limiting, ego-based thought patterns and to manifest whatever you want, both material and spiritual. Since this mountain is considered a special form of Lord Shiva, offer your prayers to Lord Shiva on that day. It is considered very sacred to feed people who perform the circumambulation, called as 'Girivalam'. Each month on the Full Moon, a minimum of 200,000 and often times 1,000,000 people come from all over the world walk the 18 km (12 miles) around Thiruvanamallai. This time the Full Moon happens to fall on the Arudra Star marking Lord Shiva’s Birthday.
Focus your mind on this sacred mountain on January 10th and chant "Om Nama Shivaya" 108 or 1008 times.