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Pradosh fast is observed by people on the 13th day of the lunar calendar which is also known as the

Trayodashi tithi...most commonly known as the maas Shivratri, of the Krishna Paksha and Shukla
Paksha, as per which, Pradosh comes twice in a month. As the name suggests, Pradosh has two literally means removal of sins and secondly, its the Dusk time more commonly known
as the Godhuli...a time period of about 3 hours, divided into 1.5hrs before the sunset and 1.5hrs after
sunset....thats known as the Pradosh Kaal.
As per the Shiva Purana, Pradosh Vrat is considered to be the most beneficial fast in order to attain
health, wealth, and children. The Pradosh Vrat liberates the devotees from all the past and present
sins. By observing Pradosham with full devotion and dedication, all the demands are fulfilled by Lord
Shiva and Maa Parvati. It is believed that during the Pradosh Kaal Lord Shiva with Ma Parvati perform
a Holy Dance on the Mount Kailash in a pleased mood and so, offering puja during this gives an
opportunity to remove Negative Karma and fulfilment of all desires. It is said that lighting a single
deep or just going for darshan in the nearby shiva temple during the Pradosh Kaal is enough to
please Bholenath.People keeping a fast on the Pradosh Tithi not only get all the worldly pleasures
but also get freedom from repeated births n rebirths.
Shiv Chalisa expresses the significance of Pradosh(Trayodashi Vrat) very beautifully... "Trayodashi vrat
kare hamesha, Tan naahi raakhe rahe kalesha."

According to the Shiva Puranas, devotees who observe a fast on Pradosham Vratam are blessed
with #wealth , #happiness , #progeny and #honor and will be #absolved of all #sins .

The Pradosh Vrat is a fast which is observed in the name of Lord Shiva, who is known to be the
demolisher of the universe, but in the real sense acts as a protector of the universe. It is observed
during the Sandhyakal of both Shukla Paksha (bright half) and Krishna Paksha (dark half).

Pradosham literally means removal of sins. These times are the windows of opportunity to remove
Karma or karmic energies that limit our potential in this current life.
Pradosham also spelled Pradosha or Pradosh, falls on the 13th Lunar day (Trayodashi) during the
waxing and the waning phase of the moon in the Hindu Lunar calendar. Occurring between 4:30 pm
to 6:00 pm on Trayodashi, the Pradosha time is propitious to pray Lord Shiva and invoke his
blessings. The Pradosha day is believed to be one of those days on which Lord Shiva along with the
Goddess Parvati is extremely happy, delighted and generous.
It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva at Pradosha day will relieve one from sins and help him
attain Moksha. Also in some scriptures it is said that on this lunar day Shiva purifies the Earth and
people from negative karma.
The Pradosha puja is considered to be more auspicious among all the Pujas performed by the
devotees of Lord Shiva. It is believed that during Pradosha period all universal beings and Gods
come down to earth and attend the worship. The importance of observing Pradosha is mentioned in
the Pradosha Mahatmiyam from Shiva Purana and hence Shiva devotees observe Pradosha Puja with
sanctity. This bimonthly affair indicates the meeting of the Sun and the Moon in a horizontal line
during their movement on their axis.

Pradosh means the dusk time. Pradosham is referred to the auspicious 3 hours period. This time of 3
hours is divided into two parts 1.5 hours before the sunset and 1.5 hours after the sunset. Vrat or fast
means abstinence or reduction of some food items and drinks. Hence, Pradosh Vrat means
abstinence from normal food (wheat, salt) during the time of twilight.
It is also believed that "Pradosh" means getting rid of the dosha (dosha = problem / defect acquired
as a result of sinful actions in the past). In each birth chart there are a lot of such Dosh, that's why it's
luck to know the right time when you can be self-cleaning.

Pradosh Vrat is an important observance for Lord Shiva followers that occur twice in every Hindu
lunar month. Also known as Pradosham, this fasting is observed on the ‘Trayodashi’ (13th day)
during ‘Krishna Paksha’ and ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waning and waxing phase of moon). When Pradosh
Vrat falls on a Monday it is referred as Soma Pradosh Vrat. It is believed that observing this fasting
ends all the negative karma or dosh. On the day of Soma Pradosh Vrat, devotees all across India,
offer special prayers and pujas in Lord Shiva temples. Fasting on the day of Soma Pradosh Vrat is
best for spiritual empowerment and also frees the observer from the continuous cycle of birth and
Soma Pradosh Vrat is a fasting day that falls on a Monday. This day is considered very auspicious and
it is considered that during this time Lord Shiva together with Goddess Parvati are in their best mood
and shower generous blessings on their devotees. Pradosh refers to the period just before and after
sunset and performing the puja during the twilight period is considered to be more propitious.
Hindu devotees observe this sacred fasting for a peaceful and prosperous family life. In Hindi
language, Monday is known as ‘Somwar’ and this day is dedicated to Lord Shiva and hence the name
Soma Pradosh Vrat. The significance and the method to observe this vrat is mentioned in several
Hindu puranas and scriptures. Women observe the Soma Pradosh Vrat for a loyal and good husband.
It is stated in the Shiva Purana that the observer of Soma Pradosh Vrat will be blessed with
happiness, honour, wealth and children..

RITUALS DURING SOMA PRADOSH VRAT: ✔️On the day of Soma Pradosh Vrat devotees get up at
the time of sunrise and take an early bath. The morning time is most suitable for meditation. ✔️The
puja on the day of Soma Pradosh Vrat is done during the twilight period (the time 1.5 hours prior to
sunset and 1 hour post sunset). An abhishekam of the lord is done with milk, curd, honey, ghee and
sugar. Several offerings are made as flowers, bilva leaves, coconut, fruits, dhoop and incense sticks.
Lighting a lamp on the day of Soma Pradosh Vrat is believed to be highly rewarding. ✔️After the
puja, devotees listen to the ‘Soma Pradosh Vrat Katha’ and read the chapters from Shiva Purana. It is
also considered very meritorious to chant ‘Maha Mritunjaya Mantra’ 108 times on the day of Soma
Pradosh Vrat. ✔️The fasting of Soma Pradosh Vrat begins at the dawn and ends after completing the
puja in the evening. Staunch devotees abstain from eating anything all through the day and they
break their fast by eating only the Prasad. Proper food is eaten by them only in the following
morning. However some devotees even keep a partial fast by intaking fruits and water. Such people
can end their fast by eating cooked food after the evening puja rituals. The severity of the fast is
decided by the devotees. ✔️Devotees also visit the temples in the evening and participate in the
special pujas held during that time. People engage themselves in kirtans and bhajan programs
singing glories of Lord Shiva.


Pradosh Vrat is a sacred fasting day observed by Hindus to please Lord Shiva. It falls on the
‘Trayodashi’ (13th day) in each lunar fortnight of traditional Hindu calendar. This implies that there
are two observances of Pradosh Vrat, in ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the waxing phase of moon) and ‘Krishna
Paksha’ (the waning phase of moon) of every Hindu month. When this occurrence of Pradosh Vrat
falls on a Tuesday it is called as ‘Bhauma Pradosh Vrat’. The word ‘bhauma’ is another name for
‘Mangal or planet mars, which is also the presiding deity of a Tuesday or Mangalwar. The period of
twilight is considered most befitting for performing the Bhauma Pradosh Vrat rituals. It is stated in
the Hindu Puranas that during this time the divine couple (Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) are in the
most favourable and propitious mood. Devotees worship Lord Shiva and observe a fast on this day
to benefit fruitful results..


The glories of Bhauma Pradosh Vrat are sated in ‘Shiva Purana’ and other religious Hindu scriptures.
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat is an important day for followers of Lord Shiva. When the observance of
Pradosh Vrat coincides with a Tuesday, it is popularly referred as Bhauma Pradosh Vrat or Bhaum
Pradosh Vrat. This day holds special significance as there are several legends associated with Lord
Shiva and Mangal. According to the Hindu scriptures, Bhaum or planet Mars observed severe ‘Tapas’
and was bestowed with Mangal Loka by Lord Shiva. It is therefore believed that a person who
devotedly observes the Bhauma Pradosh Vrat and worships Lord Shiva will be granted fulfilment of
all his/her desires. Women observe this sacred vrat to be blessed with a mal child. The power of
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat is such that it removes all the obstacles and negative forces in life and also
purifies the surroundings. A person having ‘Mangal Dosh’ in his/her horoscope should perform this
puja and fasting. The observer of the Bhauma Pradosh vrat is blessed with divine blessings of Lord
Shiva and ultimately seeks salvation.


On that day of Bhauma Pradosh Vrat, devotees get up and take an early bath. The observer of this
vrat must also take bath again before sunset.
The puja is performed in the north-east corner of the home and during the ‘Pradosh Kaal’ (period
before the dusk). The place of worship is cleaned with Gangajal before placing of Lord Shiva.
Devotees perform ‘Abhishekam’ and make several offerings to the lord. While ding the rituals, one
must chants mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva. Aarti is performed in the end and the Prasad is given
to all present for the occasion.
Fasting is the prime ritual of the day. A person who keeps the Bhauma Pradosh Vrat benefits good
heath and is freed from all diseases. The fasting begins from the time of sunrise and continues till the
completion of puja rituals. The fast is broken in the evening by eating only the Prasad offered to the
On the day of Bhauma Pradosh Vrat, Hindu devotees feed the Brahmins and offer donations in the
form of clothes, food or money. They also visit the temples of Lord Shiva in the evening and offer

Pradosh, also known as Pradosham, is a bimonthly occasion dedicated to Lord Shiva. It falls on the
thirteenth day (trayodashi) of every fortnight in the Hindu calendar. It is an auspicious three hour
period of twilight considered the best time for Lord Shiva’s worship. Shiva devotees undertake a fast
on this day, known as the Pradosh Vrat. On this day people wear Rudraksha and Vibhuti to perform
traditional worship of Lord Shiva with Abhishek, sandal paste, bael leaves, incense and lamps..
🔱Legend behind Pradosh.
According to the Puranic legend, the Devas (gods) appealed to Lord Shiva in the most conducive
muhurta of pradosh to seek his help in defeating the asuras (demons). They ran to Mount Kailash on
a Pradosh evening and were received by Nandi, Shiva’s sacred bull. Shiva agreed to help them in
defeating the asuras. In this way, the tradition of Shiva worship along with Nandi on trayodashi
started and continues to this day.
In another legend, Pradosh is the time when Lord Shiva emerged from his stupor (because of the
poison he consumed from the samudra manthan) and danced the tandava on top of his Nandi bull.
It is believed that during pradosh time, Shiva is in an ecstatic state and blesses anyone who prays to

. (Saumya Vaara Pradosha Vrat).
The Pradosh vrat is a popular Hindu vrat that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The
Pradosha vrat or Pradosham is observed twice in the lunar month as per the Hindu calendar. This fast
is observed on the Trayodashi (13th day) of both the Krishna Paksha (Amavasya) and Shukla Paksha
(Poornima). The work ‘pradosh’ in Hindi means the dusk of the evening tide or early night. As this
sacred vrat is observed during the ‘Sandhyakaal’ that is the evening twilight, it is called as the
Pradosh vrat. According to the Hindu mythology it is believed that on the auspicious day of
Pradosham, Lord Shiva together with Goddess Parvati feels extremely delighted, pleased and
generous. Therefore the followers of Lord Shiva keep a fast and worship their deity on this chosen
day to seek divine blessings. The Pradosh vrat can be observed by all irrespective of the age and
gender. People in different parts of the country observe this vrat with full devotion and dedication.
The Pradosh Vrat is observer in honour of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. In some parts of India, the
disciples worship the Nataraj form of Lord Shiva on this day. As per the Skanda Puran there are two
different methods of fasting on the Pradosh vrat. in the first method, the devotes observe strict fast
for whole day and night, that is, 24 hours and which also includes keeping a vigil at night. In the
second method the fasting is observed from the sunrise until sunset, and the fast is broken after
worshipping Lord Shiva in the evening..

Rituals in the Pradosh Vrat:

1. On the day of Pradosham, the twilight period that is the time just before sunrise and sunset is
considered to be auspicious. All the prayers and pujas are observed during this time only.
2. One hour before the sunset, the devotees take a bath and get ready for the puja.
3. A preliminary puja is performed where Lord Shiva is worshipped along with Goddess Parvati, Lord
Ganesh, Lord Kartik and Nandi. After which there is a ritual where Lord Shiva is worshipped and
invoked in a sacred pot or ‘Kalasha’. This Kalasha is kept on the darbha grass with lotus drawn on it
and is filled with water.
4. In some places, the worship of the Shivling is also performed. The Shivling is given a bath with
sacred substances like milk, curd and ghee. The puja is performed and the devotees offer Bilva leaves
on the Shivling. Some people also use a picture or painting of Lord Shiva for worshipping. It is
believed that offering Bilva leaves on the day of Pradosha vrat is highly auspicious.
5. After this ritual, the devotees listen to the Pradosha vrat katha or read stories from the Shiva
6. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is enchanted 108 times.
7. After the puja is over, the water from the Kalasha is partaken and the devotees apply the sacred
ash on their forehead.
8. After the puja, most of the devotees visit the Lord Shiva temples for darshan. It is believed that
lighting even a single lamp on the day of Pradosham is very rewarding.

By following these simple rituals with utmost sincerity and purity, the devotees can easily please Lord
Shiva and Goddess Parvati and seek their blessings.

🔱Significance of Pradosha Vrat:

The benefits of the Pradosha vrat are explicitly mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is said that one
who observes this revered fast with devotion and faith is bound to possess contentment, wealth and
good health. This vratham is also observed for spiritual upliftment and fulfilment of one’s desires.
The Pradosha vrat has been greatly lauded by the Hindu scriptures and is held very sacred for the
followers of Lord Shiva. It is a known fact that even a single glance of the deity on this propitious day
will end all your sins and bestow you with bountiful blessings and good fortune.
The benefits of the Pradosha vrat varies according to the day it falls on. The different names and
respective benefits of Pradosha vrat is given below:
1. Som Pradosha Vrat: It falls on a Monday and hence it is called as ‘Som Pradosha’. By observing the
vrat on this day, the devotees will become a positive thinker and all their desires will come true.
2. Bhaum Pradosha Vrat: When the Pradosham falls on a Tuesday it is called as ‘Bhaum Pradosh’. The
devotees will get cure from their health problems and also improve their physical health. The Bhaum
Pradosh vrat also brings prosperity.
3. Saumya Vaara Pradosha Vrat: The Saumya Vaara Pradosha falls on a Wednesday. The devotees on
this auspicious day seek fulfilment of their wished and are also blessed with knowledge and wisdom.
4. Guruvaara Pradosha Vrat: It falls on a Thursday and by observing this fast, the devotees are able to
put an end to all their existing dangers. Furthermore the Guruvaara Pradosha Vrat also invokes
blessings from the Pitru or the ancestors.
5. Bhrigu Vaara Pradosha Vrat: When the Pradosha vrat is observed on a Friday, it is called as the
‘Bhrigu Vaara Pradosha vrat’. This vrat will bring you all the contentment and success by eliminating
the negativities from your life.
6. Shani Pradosha Vrat: The Shani Pradosha falls on a Saturday is considered to be very important of
all the Pradosha vrats. The individual who observes the vrat on this day will be able to revive his lost
wealth and also seek promotion.
7. Bhaanu Vaara Pradosha Vrat: It falls on a Sunday and the benefit of Bhaanu Vaara Pradosha Vrat is
that the devotees will attain longevity and peace by observing the fast on this day.

What are the things offer to Lord Shiva and it's Benefits🔱

Milk - Cures all diseases and gives longevity

Curd - Helps to attain Prosperity
Honey - Gives glorious body
Fruits - Mounting the yields
Panchamirtham - Increases wealth
Ghee - Creates a path to attain salvation
Coconut water - Produces a good children
Sugar - Fade out all objections
Oil - Happy life
Chandal - Gain special powers from god
Flower - Dharsan of Lord
Puja or Yagna - Salvages Professional Losses & Gets Financial Stability