Pradosh Vrat gets you in touch with Lord Shiva at his happiest

Pradosh Vrat is the vrat observed on the Trayodashi Tithi or the 13th lunar day. In a month, Trayodashi comes two times, once during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) and once during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase).

The 2022 Pradosh Vrat dates are as follows:

  • January 15, Saturday, 5:46 PM to 8:28 PM
  • January 30, Sunday, 5:59 PM to 8:37 PM
  • February 14, Monday, 6:10 PM to 8:28 PM
  • February 28, Monday, 6:20 PM to 8:49 PM
  • March 15, Tuesday, 6:29 PM to 8:53 PM
  • March 29, Tuesday, 6:37 PM to 8:57 PM
  • April 14, Thursday, 6:46 PM to 9:00 PM
  • April 28, Thursday, 6:54 PM to 9:04 PM
  • May 13, Friday, 7:04 PM to 9:09 PM
  • May 27, Friday, 7:12 PM to 9:14 PM
  • June 12, Sunday, 7:19 PM to 9:20 PM
  • June 26, Sunday, 7:23 PM to 9:23 PM
  • July 11, Monday, 7:22 PM to 9:24 PM
  • July 25, Monday, 7:17 PM to 9:21 PM
  • August 9, Tuesday, 7:06 PM to 9:14 PM
  • August 24, Wednesday, 6:52 PM to 9:04 PM
  • September 8, Thursday, 6:35 PM to 8:52 PM
  • September 23, Friday, 6:17 PM to 8:39 PM
  • October 7, Friday, 6:00 PM to 8:28 PM
  • October 22, Saturday, 6:02 PM to 8:17 PM
  • November 5, Saturday, 5:33 PM to 8:10 PM
  • November 21, Monday, 5:25 PM to 8:06 PM
  • December 5, Monday, 5:24 PM to 8:07 PM
  • December 21, Wednesday, 5:29 PM to 8:13 PM

Why do we observe Pradosh Vrat?

Pradosh Vrat is observed to get you in touch with Lord Shiva when he is at his happiest. It is believed that the Pradosham time or the twilight, which roughly extends from 90 minutes before sunset to 90 minutes after sunset, on the Trayodashi Tithi is when Lord Shiva is at his happiest. Observing Pradosh Vrat is expected to free the devotee from past sins and be blessed with good health, wealth and wisdom. This is the most opportune time to remove negative karma from one’s soul. Observing the vrat attracts the blessing of not only Lord Shiva but also Goddess Paravati and the lord planet of the day that the tithi falls in. The vrat also helps fulfil one’s desires both on a worldly level and a spiritual level. Going by the day on which the vrat falls, there are seven types of Pradosh Vrats:

Ravi Pradosh Vrat:

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This is when the Trayodashi falls on Sunday. Observing vrat on Ravi Pradosh brings the person respect, admiration, good health and authority. This vrat is highly recommended for people who have a debilitated Sun in their chart.

Som Pradosh Vrat:

This is the Pradosh Vrat being taken on Monday. The Moon is the lord planet on Monday. Observing this vrat will bring you peace in mind and body. Quality of relationship with blood relations will also improve as a result of this vrat.

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Bhaum Pradosh Vrat:

The Pradosh Vrat on a Tuesday is Bhaum Pradosh Vrat. Mars is the lord planet on Tuesday. Observing this vrat helps to get rid of the malefic effects of Mars. It will improve marital relations and make you more affable to others.

Saumyavara Pradosh Vrat:

This falls on Wednesday. It is the day of Mercury. This vrat brings the person the power of logic and rationale. It will help with the learning process, attaining wisdom and improving the overall quality of life.

Guruvara Pradosh Vrat:

Guru is Jupiter. Thursday is the day of Jupiter. Observing the vrat enriches the devotee with wealth, healthy wisdom, success and spiritual growth.

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Bhruguwara Pradosh Vrat:

It is the Pradosh Vrat observed on a Friday. Venus is in charge on Friday. This vrat is highly recommended for marriage. Comfort, luck and luxury are other benefits obtainable by observing this vrat.

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Shani Pradosh Vrat:

Pradosh Vrat on a Saturday is the Shani Pradosh Vrat. Shani means Saturn. Observing this vrat brings relief from the malefic effects of Shani, especially those found through the effects of Sade Sati or Ashtam Shani. It also helps bring balance and order to life.

When can we start Pradosh Vrat?

Pradosh Vrat usually starts early in the morning. The vrat ends with the worship of Lord Shiva during sunset. The timing of sunset varies from city to city, as does the timing of Lord Shiva worship. Another tradition is to observe the vrat for a 24-hour period, where the devotee remains awake during night time and ends the vrat with Shiva worship on the next day morning.

How do you observe Pradosh Vrat?

Pradosh Vrat is very important for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Proper observance of the vrat is believed to bless the person with goodness in life, both in the material world and spiritually. On the day of the Pradosh Vrat, one has to rise early in the morning, preferably during the Brahma Muhurta, which is 4 AM. After a bath, wear clean clothes. Refrain from indulging in physical pleasures during the duration of vrat.

Utmost importance should be given to diet. It is customary for devotees to go without eating anything during the duration of the period. But, if health doesn’t permit it, limit your diet to sattvic food. Avoid tamasic food. Avoid intoxicants. Be gentle and calm during the period of the vrat. Chanting ‘om namah shivaya’ will help you acquire the necessary frame of mind. Starting from about an hour before sunset, dedicate yourself to the worship of Lord Shiva. Chant his mantras and offer prayers to him. Bathe the Shivalinga with water and offer Bilva leaves. Worship Goddess Paravati and Nandi also along with Lord Shiva.

A Kalasha filled with water, covered with a coconut with mango leaves on the side, is worshipped as Lord Shiva. The water used during the puja is given as prasad along with sacred ash. Apply the ash to the forehead. Do not forget to have a lighted lamp during the time of puja. A lighted lamp keeps impurities away and fills a positive vibration in the air around, making it conducive for worship. Keep chanting ‘om namah shivaya’ during the entire duration of the puja. After puja, carry out some charity work. Eat lightly during the night and go to bed early.

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What is Shiv Pradosh Vrat?

Story 1

Pradosh Vrat is connected with Lord Shiva. Legend has it that when the devas and asuras started to churn the cosmic ocean to gain elixir, among the things that emerged was halahala, a poison powerful enough to destroy the entire universe. As the gods and demons stood scared, Lord Shiva stepped in and swallowed the poison. But it was a very powerful poison, and it put Shiva in immense pain. He uttered a loud cry. Goddess Parvathi came near and, in all tenderness, placed her hand on the throat of Lord Shiva. The poison ceased to cause pain to Shiva, and it was stopped at the throat, leaving Shiva with a blue throat. All the devas and asuras worshipped Lord Shiva for his supreme sacrifice. In joy, Shiva did the tandava dance standing atop of Nandi. This happened on the Trayodashi Tithi.

Story 2

Another Pradosh Vrat story is connected with Lord Shiva and the Moon. As per ancient history, the Moon had 27 wives, all daughters of Prajapati Daksha. But Moon had a special love for Rohini. This made the other 26 wives jealous. It came to the point where they complained about it to Prajapati Daksha. Though Prajapati tried to make the Moon understand the feelings of his other daughters, Chandra Dev, or the Moon, was fixated on Rohini. This led to Prajapati Daksha cursing the Moon with a deadly disease, causing him to become smaller and smaller and finally vanish with time.

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A concerned Moon did penance and prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with the worship, Shiva appeared and told the Moon that while he would go smaller and vanish as per Prajapati’s curse, he would then grow back and attain full glory before getting smaller again. Thus began the waxing and waning phases of the Moon. This happened on the Trayodashi Tithi.

Story 3

Yet another story revolves around a poor brahmin widow with a young son. The woman was physically weak and couldn’t work to bring up the child. So, she brought him up collecting alms. This woman was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and regularly observed Pradosh Vrat. One day, while she was returning home, she saw a boy sleeping by the pavement, wounded and bloodied. He was a prince who had barely managed to escape when the enemy invaded his kingdom. Feeling motherly affection for the young prince the same age as that of her son, the poor woman took the prince home and took care of him. Using what she got as alms, the woman brought up the prince, along with her son, as her own son.

The boys grew up. One day, a female Gandharva by the name of Anshumati saw the prince and fell in love with him. They eventually got married. Then the prince, with the help of his in-laws, defeated the invader of his kingdom and reoccupied the throne. As for the poor Brahmin woman who took care of him when he was most vulnerable, she was made a resident of his palace and her son, his foster brother, was made the prime minister. Good things happened to the poor Brahmin woman due to her regular observation of Pradosh Vrat.

What should not be eaten during Pradosh Vrat?

It is customary for devotees to not eat anything at all during Pradosh Vrat. However, for those unable to do it, their diet should be limited to sattvic food, like fruits, leafy vegetables etc. Tamasic food is to be avoided. The list includes meat, fish, onions, garlic, mushroom and over-ripe and under-ripe fruits and vegetables. Tamasic food leads to the destruction of the body and mind alike. It harms people in all ways, including leading to a duller, less refined state of consciousness. The word Tamas stands for inertia, dullness and lethargy. On the other hand, sattvic food is considered the purest form of food. It calms your mind, rejuvenates your body and is a pleasure to your heart.

What does Pradosh mean?

Pradosh or Pradosham roughly equates to what is commonly referred to as twilight time. Pradosh is the period from 90 minutes before sunset to 90 minutes after sunset. Pra means to remove. Pradosh means the removal of dosh or sin. Engaging in spiritual pursuit during this period is considered very rewarding. Pradosh time comes every day. The Pradosh period during Trayodashi Tithi is considered most auspicious.

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