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The Pradosh Vrat is considered auspicious among Hindus. It is observed on the 13th lunar day of every month, i.e. new moon day and full moon day. The most important Pradosh Vrat is the ones that fall on the Maha Shivaratri as the deities that are worshipped on this day are Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati.
When is Pradosh Vrat in 2020?
Pradosh Vrat in November 2020
Friday 13th November 2020
Friday 27th November 2020
Pradosh Vrat in December 2020
Saturday 12th November 2020
Saturday 27th December 2020
What is ideal and auspicious tithi for Pradosh Vrat?
According to the best Vastu experts of India, the Pradosh Vrat Katha should be done in the evening on the Trayodashi period of both Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha fortnights. Trayodashi Tithi comes during Pradosh Kaal and begins after sunset.
The period when both Trayodashi Tithi and Pradosh time overlaps after sunset is considered most auspicious and ideal to worship Mahadev.
What are the legends associated with Pradosh Vrat?
There are several legends related to this day, one of them is of the time of Samudra Manthan and how Lord Shiva drank all the poison. Because of that Shiva has a blue throat and as Ma Parvati touched his neck the poison stayed there forever.
Another story is of this day is similar to the story of Amavasya and how the moon was cursed with tuberculosis by the father of his bride. He worshiped Lord Shiva on this day by keeping Pradosh Vrat and was cured with the curse.
There is one more story, it is about an old widow who once adopted a child despite having her own. She took care of both her children with all her heart. As they grew they kept the Pradosh Vrat along with their mother. Once the kids visited the jungle and the orphan met a girl and fell in love with her. Later on, when the boy wanted to marry the girl, it was found that he was a prince. Soon after the marriage the boy along with his bride’s army took over his lost kingdom and brought the old widow and her kid with himself to his palace.
What is the significance of Pradosh Vrat?
Because of these legends that are written in the scriptures this day came to be one of the most important days among Hindus. It is believed that if you worship Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati on this day then all your sins and wrongdoings will be eliminated. If the devotee keeps the fast with a pure heart and full dedication then all his desires are fulfilled. There is another belief among the devotees that if we practice this fast then Lord shall bless us with peace, happiness, prosperity, and children.
Apart from Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati other Gods such as Ganesha, Skanda, Nandi are also worshipped on this day. Since Pradosh Vrat falls on Dhanteras in the Kartik month, it is believed that Lord Vishnu, Ma Laxmi, and Kuber also bless us on this day.
What rituals you should observe in Pradosh Vrat?
- Wake up early and take a bath, then sprinkle Gangajal everywhere, especially in the place where you would worship the Lord. Also, wear white or Badami clothes since it is considered auspicious on this day.
- Next, establish the idol of Lord Shiva and decorate it with a garland of white flowers and apply some sandalwood.
- A lamp of mustard oil is ignited near the idol and the pooja is performed.
- After the aarti offer Prashad to all the members of the house, kheer is considered an auspicious offering as Prashad on this day.
- Devotees can also visit temples and worship Lord Shiva by chanting some of his mantras.
- Bilva leaves are considered important and highly beneficial on this day.
- The fast can either be observed for 24 hours without sleeping at night and breaking it the next day or it can be kept from sunrise to sunset by consuming only milk and fruits throughout the day.
Whichever way we fast or however long, if we do it with a pure heart the Lord always listens to us.
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