Pradosh Vrat – Liberation from Past and Present SinsIndians firmly believe in the benefits gained from observing fasts. One such sacred fast is the Pradosh Vrat, also known as Pradosham, which is observed on the thirteenth day (trayodashi) of every lunar fortnight. Pradosh means dusk/evening. The fast is taken during the Sandhyakaal of both Shukla Paksha (waxing moon period) and Krishna Paksha (waning moon period). It is an auspicious three-hour period. The three hours are split into two – 1.5 hours before sunset and 1.5 hours after sunset. The importance of observing Pradosha is mentioned in the Pradosha Mahatmiyam from Shiva Purana; hence, Pradosha puja is considered to be highly auspicious among others by the devotees of Lord Shiva. This particular time on Trayodashi holds a lot of promise when praying to Lord Shiva, known as the destroyer, and his spouse Goddess Parvathi. It is supposed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi are incredibly delighted and generous on this particular day, and all universal beings and gods come down to earth to attend the worship. These times represent the windows of opportunity to remove Karmic energies that limit our potential in this current life. Get a FREE analysis of your Kundli by date of birth.
SIGNIFICANCE OF PRADOSH VRATAs per Shiva Purana, Pradosh Vrat liberates devotees from all the past and present sins and all negativities. It is believed that if you observe the Pradosham with full devotion and dedication, your demands will be fulfilled by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. When struggling with tough times and seeking peace of mind, following the fast will awaken your soul and help you achieve boundless growth and happiness in life.
TYPES OF PRADOSH VRAT:Pradosh Vrats falling on Mondays and Saturdays are the most significant. The advantages of Pradosh Vrat are specific to the day it falls on. They are as follows:
- Som Pradosh Vrat: Som Pradosh is when the Pradosh Vrat falls on a Monday. Following the Vrat will have all the desires of the devotees satisfied, and they will become positive thinkers.
- Bhaum Pradosh Vrat: Bhaum Pradosh is when Pradosh Vrat falls on a Tuesday. Following the Vrat on this day will give relief from health problems and enhances physical health. It also brings prosperity.
- Saumya Vaara Pradosha Vrat: Saumya Vaara Pradosh is when Pradosh Vrat falls on a Wednesday. Following the Vrat will benefit a person with education, knowledge, fulfillment of wishes, and progeny.
- Guruvaara Pradosha Vratham: Guruvaara Pradosha is when Pradosh Vrat falls on a Thursday. Following the Vrat will invoke the divine blessings from the ancestors. All existing dangers get eliminated by observing this fast.
- Bhrigu Vaara Pradosha Vrat: Bhrigu Vaara Pradosha is when Pradosh Vrat falls on a Friday. Following the Vrat will remove all negativity and opposition, resulting in success and happiness.
- Shani Pradosham: Shani Pradosh is when Pradosh Vrat falls on a Saturday. Following this Vrat will bring in promotions and help recover the lost wealth.
- Bhaanu Pradosham: Bhaanu Pradosha is when Pradosh Vrat falls on a Sunday. Following this Vrat, results in peace and longevity.
The legends associated with Pradosh Vrat:When Lord Vishnu came down as the Kurma Avataar (incarnation as a tortoise), the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) took place. The King of Nagas, Vasuki offered himself as the churning rope around Mount Mandara who acted as the churning rod. The Devas took the tail end of the snake, and the Asuras took the snake’s head. The churning began and caused innumerable things to come out of the ocean, among which Halahala (lethal poison) was one. The poisonous fumes slowly started to affect the Devas and Asuras, who were trying to churn the ocean. If not stopped, this venom could cause the end of the universe. Hence, the Devas and Asuras pleaded with Lord Shiva to save the universe. Before Halahala could cause any harm, Lord Shiva stepped in and consumed the poison. He held it in his throat without swallowing, thereby turning the color of his neck, blue. It is this incident that earned Lord Shiva the name Neelkanth (blue neck). This incident happened on the twelfth Moon day. The Devas and Asuras soon got hold of the Amrit and started rejoicing immensely and forgot to thank Lord Shiva. On the thirteenth day (trayodashi), they realized their mistake and asked him for forgiveness. Lord Shiva forgave them, and this time of forgiveness is believed to be Pradosham.
Fasting Details for Pradosh Vrat:
- Devotees take a bath early in the morning. Draping themselves in clean clothes, they observe a day-long fast.
- Devotees should ideally face the North or East direction during worship.
- Devotees pour clean water, milk, and honey over the idol of Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvathi, Ganesh, Karthik along Nandi are also worshipped.
- Flowers, fruits, and bilva leaves are also offered.
- A Diya is lighted for worship and incense sticks are burned around the idol.
- A Kalash usually filled with water is placed on a clean cloth. A Kalash is a mud, copper, or brass pot filled with water or rice.
- Mango leaves are kept on the pot and a coconut is placed over it. In some areas, the coconut is covered in a red or green cloth.
- The Kalash is covered with Darbha grass. It may also be decorated with kumkum and haldi by the devotees. The Kalash symbolizes abundance and prosperity.
- A lotus is placed over the pot.
- Devotees apply sacred ash on their forehead.
- The sacred ash is also distributed to all people present for the puja.
- Flowers, hemp, sandalwood, and cow’s milk are offered.
- Shiv prayers, hymns, and mantras like “Om Namah Shivaya” are chanted throughout the day while worshipping. Shiva Chalisa and Aarti are also performed.
- The fast is concluded by giving a piece of cloth along with a portrait of Lord Shiva to a Brahmin or a priest.
PRADOSH VRAT 2021 DATES and PUJA TIME
|Jan 10, Sunday||Sunrise: 7:14am Sunset: 5:54pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 10 Jan 4:53 pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 11 Jan 2:32 pm Pradosha Puja Time: Jan 10, 5:54pm – 10 Jan, 8:34pm|
|Jan 26, Tuesday||Sunrise: 7:12am Sunset: 6:06pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 26 Jan, 12:24am, Trayodashi Tithi End: 27 Jan, 1:11am Pradosha Puja Time: 26 Jan, 6:06pm –26 Jan, 8:43pm|
|9 Feb, Tuesday||Sunrise: 7:06am Sunset: 6:15pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 09 Feb, 3:19am Trayodashi TithiEnd: 10 Feb, 2:05am Pradosha Puja Time: 09 Feb, 6:15pm – 09 Feb, 8:49pm|
|24 Feb, Wednesday||Sunrise: 6:56am Sunset: 6:23pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 24Feb, 6:06pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 25Feb, 5:19pm Pradosha Puja Time: 24Feb, 6:23pm – 24 Feb, 8:54pm|
|10 Mar, Wednesday||Sunrise: 6:44am Sunset: 6:30pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 10Mar, 2:40pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 11Mar. 2:40pm Pradosha Puja Time: 10Mar, 6:30pm – 10 Mar, 8:56pm|
|26 Mar, Friday||Sunrise: 6:28am Sunset: 6:36pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 26Mar, 8:21am Trayodashi Tithi End: 27Mar, 6:11am Pradosha Puja Time: 26Mar, 6:36pm – 26 Mar, 8:58pm|
|09 Apr, Friday||Sunrise: 6:15am Sunset: 6:41pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 09Apr, 3:16am Trayodashi Tithi End: 10Apr, 4:28am Pradosha Puja Time: 09Apr, 6:41pm – 09 Apr, 9:00pm|
|24 Apr, Saturday||Sunrise: 6:02am Sunset: 6:47pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 24Apr, 7:17pm Trayodashi TithiEnd: 25Apr, 4:13pm Pradosha Puja Time: 24Apr, 6;47pm – 24 Apr, 9:02pm|
|08 May, Saturday||Sunrise: 5:53am Sunset: 6:53pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 08May, 5:21pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 09May, 7:30pm Pradosha Puja Time: 08May, 6:53pm – 08 May, 9:05pm|
|24May, Monday||Sunrise: 5:46am Sunset: 7:01pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 24May, 3:38am Trayodashi Tithi End: 25May, 12:11am Pradosha Puja Time: 24May, 7:01pm – 24 May, 9:10pm|
|07 June, Monday||Sunrise: 5:44am Sunset: 7:06pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 07Jun, 8:48am Trayodashi Tithi End: 08Jun, 11:24am Pradosha Puja Time: 07Jun, 7:06pm – 07 Jun, 9:14pm|
|22 June, Tuesday||Sunrise: 5:46am Sunset: 7:11pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 22Jun, 10:22am Trayodashi Tithi End: 23Jun, 6:59am Pradosha Puja Time: 22Jun, 7:11pm – 22 Jun, 9:18pm|
|07July, Wednesday||Sunrise: 5:51am Sunset: 7:12pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 07Jul, 1:02am Trayodashi Tithi End: 08Jul, 3:20am Pradosha Puja Time: 07Jul, 7:12pm – 07 Jul, 9:20pm|
|21 July, Wednesday||Sunrise: 5:56am Sunset: 7:09pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 21Jul, 4:26pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 22Jul, 1:33pm Pradosha Puja Time: 21Jul, 7:09pm – 21 Jul, 9:19pm|
|05 August, Thursday||Sunrise: 6:03pm Sunset: 7:02pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 05Aug, 5:09pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 06Aug, 6:28pm Pradosha Puja Time: 05Aug, 7:02pm – 05 Aug, 9:14pm|
|20 August, Friday||Sunrise: 6:08am Sunset: 6:51pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 19Aug, 10:54pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 20Aug, 8:50pm Pradosha Puja Time: 20Aug, 6:51pm – 20 Aug, 9:07pm|
|04 September, Saturday||Sunrise: 6:13am Sunset: 6:37pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 04Sept, 8:24am Trayodashi TithiEnd: 05Sept, 8:21am Pradosha Puja Time: 04Sept, 6:37pm – 04 Sept,8:57pm|
|18 September, Saturday||Sunrise: 6:18am Sunset: 6:23pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 18Sept, 6:54am Trayodashi Tithi End: 19Sept, 6:00am Pradosha Puja Time: 18Sept, 6:23pm – 18 Sept, 8:46pm|
|04 October, Monday||Sunrise: 6:23am Sunset: 6:07pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 03Oct, 10:30pm Trayodashi TithiEnd: 04Oct, 9:05pm Pradosha Puja Time: 04Oct, 6:07pm – 04 Oct, 8:34pm|
|17 October, Sunday||Sunrise: 6:28am Sunset: 5:55pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 17Oct, 5:39pm Trayodashi Tithi End: 18Oct, 6:07pm Pradosha Puja Time: 17Oct, 5:55pm – 17 Oct, 8:26pm|
|02 November, Tuesday||Sunrise: 6:36am Sunset: 5:44pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 02Nov,11:31am Trayodashi TithiEnd: 03Nov, 9:02am Pradosha Puja Time: 02Nov, 5:44pm – 02 Nov, 8:18pm|
|16 November, Tuesday||Sunrise: 6:45am Sunset: 5:37pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 16Nov,8:02am Trayodashi Tithi End: 17Nov, 9:50am Pradosha Puja Time: 16Nov, 5:37pm – 16 Nov, 8:15pm|
|02 December, Thursday||Sunrise: 6:56am Sunset: 5:36pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 01Dec, 11:35pm Trayodashi TithiEnd: 02Dec, 8:26pm Pradosha Puja Time: 02Dec, 5:36pm – 02 Dec, 8:16pm|
|16 December, Thursday||Sunrise: 7:05am Sunset: 5:39pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 16Dec, 2:01am Trayodashi TithiEnd: 17Dec, 4:41am Pradosha Puja Time: 16Dec, 5:39pm – 16 Dec, 8:20pm|
|31 December, Friday||Sunrise: 7:12am Sunset: 5:47pm Trayodashi Tithi Start: 31Dec, 10:40am Trayodashi Tithi End: 01Jan, 7:17am Pradosha Puja Time: 31Dec, 5:47pm – 31 Dec, 8:28pm|