Pradosh Puja/Vrat is one of the very important and great Puja/Vrat for all Hindus. It is a day dedicated to one of the most revered Gods in Hinduism, Lord Shiva. ‘ShivathParadharamNasthi” is a vedic saying meaning, there is none greater than Lord Shiva.
Pradosh literary meaning is elimination of all doshas(sins). Pradoshvrat and puja is meant to remove all our sins and doshas and enlighten our life.
Pradosh occurs on every thirteenth day of lunar fortnight (Trayodashi Thithi – 13th day from Purnamasya/Amavasya). Typically Pradosh occurs for about two hours in the evening between 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
Story of Pradosh
Once gods (Devas) and demons (Asuras) were churning the milky ocean (KsheraSagara), with Mount Meru as spindle and snake Vasuki as rope. A dangerous poison first came out of ocean, and along with that the snake Vasuki also spewed poison due to severe abrasions with the spindle Meru. Both the poison become very potent and started spreading to entire universe. Lord Brahma could not tolerate this ‘Halahala’ poison. Lord Vishnu become dark due to the effect of this poison, and all devas & demons ran away unable to bear the heat of poison. All of them prayed to ashutosh Lord Shiva, who took pity on them, and swallowed the poison for the well-being of universe. However, mother Parvati, stopped the poison in Lord Shiva’s throat, to save the universe within and outside of Lord Shiva. Thereafter he got the name NilkantMahadev, meaning Lord with blueish throat.
After this incident, Devas and Asuras continued with churning of milky ocean, and got many items such as precious stones, Iravadha, the Elephant, and many other items, which they shared amongst themselves. At the end, the Nectar (Amurtha) came, which also been taken away by the Devas. However, Devas forgot to worship Lord Shiva, because of whom they were able to get Nectar and become immortal.
The churning happened on Ekadashi, Devas had Nectar on Dwadashi, and on Trayodashi (13th day), Devas realized their sin of not worshipping Lord Shiva and pleaded for forgiveness. The graceful god, Lord Shiva forgave them immediately, and danced between the horns of Nandi Bhagavan (Bull god). This time is called Pradosh/Pradosham.
The Pradosh puja thus invokes blessings of Lord Shiva and also of mother Parvati. The puja on this occasion relieves us from all sins and gives Moksha (Liberation from births and deaths).
As per the Shiva Purana, PradoshVrat is considered to be the most beneficial fast in order to attain health, wealth, and children. The PradoshVrat 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 MaaParvati. Hence, those devotees who want to get rid of all the past sins and receive the blessings of Lord Shiva are seen to observe the PradoshVrat
Types of Pradosh
- NITYA Pradosh– The evening time on all days, between just 3 ghatis (72 minutes) before sunset and the time when the stars rise or become visible in the sky.
- PakshaPradosh– Sandhya (evening) time of Shukla Paksha Chaturthi (4th Lunar day after New Moon) every month.
- MaasaPradosh– Sandhya Krishna PakshaTrayodashi (13th Lunar day after Full Moon) every month.
- MahaPradosh– Sandhya time of Krishna PakshaTrayodashi which falls on a Saturday.
- PralayaPradosh– The time when the entire universe gets annihilated of merged with Lord Shiva.
Benefits Of Pradosh Vrat
PradoshVrat has its own benefits according to the days on which it occurs. These Pradoshams as per the days are known as follows :
- SomPradosh: When the PradoshVrat falls on a Monday, it is known as SomPradosh. If the PradoshVrat falls on a Monday, all the desires of the Lord Shiva’s devotees are fulfilled and he/she becomes a positive thinker.
- BhaumPradosh: When the PradoshVrat falls on Tuesday, it is known as BhaumPradosh. The benefit of BhaumPradoshVrat is that it gives relief from health problems and enhances the physical health. It also brings prosperity.
- SaumyaVaaraPradosha: When the PradoshVrat falls on a Wednesday, it is known as SaumyaVaaraPradosha . This day of PradoshVrat benefits a person with education, knowledge, fulfillment of wishes and progeny.
- GuruvaaraPradosha: When the PradoshVrat falls on a Thursday, it is known as Guru VaaraPradosha. On this day, the divine blessings are received from the ancestors or Pitru. All the dangers which are existing gets eliminated by observing this fast on this day.
- BhriguVaaraPradosha: When the PradoshVrat falls on a Friday, it is known as BhriguVaaraPradosha. This PradoshVrat benefits in removing all the negativity and opposition resulting in success and happiness.
- Shani Pradosh: When the PradoshVrat falls on a Saturday, it is known as Shani Pradosh. The benefit of Shani PradoshVrat is it brings promotion,and the lost wealth is received if the Shani PradoshVrat is observed.
- BhaanuVaaraPradosha: When the PradoshVrat falls on a Sunday, it is known as BhaanuVaaraPradosha. If PradoshVrat falls on this day and is observed by the devotees, it results in attaining peace and longevity.
Pradosh Puja is performed grandly in the Someshwarwadi temple in Pune. The Puja can be performed observing Vrat during the day, or a normal Puja during the evening Pradosh time with recitation of Sri Rudhra. This has benefited many people in their health, wealth, and family prosperity.
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