Date: 11th September 2019
Pradosh Vrat Timings:
06:41 PM to 09:03 PM
Bhadrapada, Shukla Trayodashi
Begins - 02:42 AM, Sep 11
Ends - 05:06 AM, Sep 12
Pradosh Vrat is observed as a day to seek blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pradosh as per the Hindu calendar is observed twice in a lunar month. Open to any gender and age, the day celebrates the togetherness of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati as together they are pleased, delighted, and generous. Pradosh is observed during twilight, known as Sandhyakaal, and a fast may be observed for 24 hours from sunrise to sunset. Some people also worship the Nataraja form of Lord Shiva, the Lord of divine dance.
The Trayodashi Tithi of Krishna and Shukla Paksh in every month is observed as Pradosh Vrat. Pradosh Vrat when falls on Monday is called Soma Pradosham, when it occurs on Tuesday it is called Bhauma Pradosham, and when it falls on a Saturday it is called Shani Pradosham.
As per Shiv Purana, the fast observed during Pradosh is the most beneficial in order to attain health, wealth and abundance and all sins are absolved. It is believed that when Pradosh is observed with dedication and devotion, Lord Shiva is pleased and fulfills all wishes and desires.
Legend of Pradosh
It was during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) that everything was submerged under water. A lot of precious gems and stones came out of the ocean during the churning, including a lethal poison called Halahal. The poison was so lethal that it could destroy the universe, so all the Gods pleaded with Lord Shiva to save the universe. Seeing Lord Shiva drink the poison, Goddess Parvati held His throat so He would not swallow the deadly Halahal. This turned Lord Shiva’s throat blue in colour, giving him the name, Neelkanth.
After the churning of the ocean, Lord Shiva emerged from his stupor and danced the Tandava on his bull, Nandi. It is believed that time was the Pradosham hour and during Pradosh, Lord Shiva is in an ecstatic state and whoever prays to Him during this hour is blessed by Lord Shiva.
Rituals for Pradosh Vrat
Pujas, prayers, and fasts are observed on this day. People worship the Shivling and offer milk, Bilva leaves, curd, and ghee to the Shivling. People visit temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and perform Pradosh Vrat Puja. Devotees listen to the Pradosh Katha during this day. The chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, Laghu Rudram, Shiva Tandava Stotram or a simple Shiv Mantra is also done. According to ancient scriptures, anyone who lights a single lamp on Pradosh Vrat while wearing a Rudraksha is blessed and rewarded enormously.
Pradosh Puja is done during twilight and Prasad is given to devotees to break their fast.
Different types of Pradosh Vrat
The benefits of Pradosh Vrat vary according to the day it falls on. Mentioned below are the different names and benefits of Pradosh Vrat.
- 1) Som Pradosh Vrat – When Pradosh Vrat falls on a Monday, it is known as Som Pradosh Vrat. Observing a Vrat (fast) on Monday not only brings in the blessings of Lord Shiva but also makes a person a positive thinker.
- 2) Bhaum Pradosh Vrat – When Pradosh falls on a Tuesday, it is known as Bhaum Pradosh Vrat. Bhaum Pradosh Vrat brings in good health and prosperity.
- 3) Saumya Vaara Pradosh Vrat – Pradosh falling on Wednesday is known as Saumya Vaara Pradosh Vrat. Devotees are blessed with wisdom and knowledge when observing a fast.
- 4) Guruvaar Pradosh Vrat – When the Vrat falls on Thursday, it is called Guruvaar Pradosh Vrat. Keeping a fast on this day, invokes the blessings from ancestors or Pitru. All existing dangers are also eliminated.
- 5) Bhrigu Vaara Pradosh Vrat – When Pradosh falls on a Friday it is known as Bhrigu Vaara Pradosh Vrat. A fast on this day is believed to remove negativity and opposition.
- 6) Shani Pradosh – Pradosh falling on Saturday is called Shani Pradosh Vrat. Fasting on this day brings back lost wealth and devotees gain success and prosperity.
- 7) Bhaanu Vaara Pradosh – When Pradosh falls on a Sunday, it is known as Bhaanu Vaara Pradosh. A fast on this day results in devotees attaining peace and longevity.
Recommended Puja for Pradosh Vrat
Pradosh Vrat Katha
According to the Seers and scholars when the Shiv Lingam is worshipped with the following ingredients the benefits that accumulate are as follows:
- • Sweetened Milk – To beget a child.
- • Sugarcane juice – For wealth.
- • Honey – To annihilate sin.
- • Ghee – For good health.
- • Cow’s Milk – For a long lifespan, fulfillment of wishes.
- • Bel Patra – For power, authority, prosperity.
- • Akhand Bel Patra – To get benefits which are equivalent to the benefits arising from one crore of Kanya Daan.
Recommended Rudraksha for Pradosh Vrat
1 Mukhi Rudraksha
The One Mukhi Rudraksha can be worn on the body or it can also be placed at home in the place of worship as this bead is Lord Shiva himself. It promotes a very strong, calm, individualistic nature.
The Ek Mukhi Rudraksha is also good for meditation and spirituality. This bead gives more focus, individuality, name and fame. It is recommended for people in leadership role who desire to stay calm and unaffected while interacting with people.
The One Mukhi Rudraksha reduces the malefic effects of the Sun.
The 14 Mukhi Rudraksha is blessed by Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman. The 14 Mukhi Rudraksha originated from the tears that fell from Lord Shiva’s third eye therefore it is called the controller of the third eye/Ajna chakra. Thus, the wearer of this Rudraksha is blessed with an intuitive mind for making sound judgments and executes any plan or action and achieves success in the endeavors.
The Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha improves the present, it sublimates the sins of past karmas right and bestows a positive, bright future.
The Shiv Mala is useful for meditation and helpful for spiritual growth. The Shiv Mala imparts a sense of calm, and when a person is calm within, it enhances meditative focus. Therefore, the Mala is a good combination for people involved in spiritual practices.