Pradosham Vrat is a very auspicious day in Hinduism for the worship of the Hindu godhead Shiva. Lord Shiva is the destroyer of worlds and is a very powerful deity in Hinduism. Pradosh Vrat is celebrated so that the devotees can show their deference towards Lord Shiva and attain his blessings.
Pradosh Vrat is done on both ‘Trayodashi Tithis’ (thirteenth days) of a lunar month. It is also known as Soma Pradosh, Bhauma Pradosh and Shani Pradosh depending on the day it falls on.
Pradosh Vrat is one of the significant Vrats observed by Hindus for revering Lord Shiva and Parvati. The word ‘Pradosh’ signifies evening and the love related with Pradosh Vrat starts amid the night dusk or on sandhya kala.
Pradosh Vrat is a day of hope for the poor. Because all those who pray to Lord Shiva on this day get blessings of good fortune. So that their poverty is washed away along with all their debts.
It is said Lord Shiva danced at his abode, Mount Kailash on this day due to sheer elation. Many fasts on this day to show their devotion towards Shiva and according to old scriptures. It is the optimal time to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva through Lord Shiva Puja.
One of the mythical stories behind the Pradosham Vrat is related to the poison Halahala. According to the mythical story, Lord Shiva drank that poison that is obtained during Samudra Manthan during the Pradosh period. The devotees believe that Lord Shiva will forgive all their sins and give them moksha.
Fasting and Rituals for Pradosham Vrat
Fasting and reciting mantras of Lord Shiva amid Pradosh Vrat is the best thing that we can accomplish for spiritual strengthening. It is trusted that offering even a Bael or Bilva leaf is sufficient for recuperating from all our wrongdoing. Pradosham Vrat is when Lord Shiva will be in his most charming mood and it is the best time to worship him and seek his blessings. The devotees observe vrat amid the Pradosh vrat. A few times in a day they take light nourishment such as salad, fruits, and milk products. While the Pradosh Vrat puja is performed worshipers appeal to Lord Shiva by reciting Shiva mantras. It is believed that by reciting Shiva mantras amid the puja one will be free from every one of the sins for a lifetime. Additionally, by reciting the Shiva mantra’s, it is said that every one of your desires is likewise allowed. Observance of Pradosh vrat blesses one with Fame, Wealth, honor, progeny, happiness and luck.
We at askganesha wishes you and your family a very auspicious Pradosham Vrat.
Pradosham Vrat: Importance of Fasting on this Day by Abhishek Dhawan