Pradosh vrat is observed during the Pradosh period (Sandhya Kala) on Trayodashi tithi (13th day) of both lunar fortnights. The auspicious Pradosh period is 3 hour period (1.5 hours before and after the sunset); which is one of the optimum times for the worship of Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva is extremely happy during this period and blesses all his devotees and fulfills their wishes during the Pradosh period on Trayodashi day. Let's know about the story behind Pradosh vrat.
The Puranas have mentioned this very interesting Katha of Pradosh Vrat which is associated with the Samudra Manthan advised by Lord Vishnu. The very famous Amrit – which had the capacity to make anybody live forever was extracted from the sea by churning it. The Devtas and Asuras were involved in the churning which produced the Amrit along with a very powerful poison that had the capacity to destroy the entire universe.
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This poison had to be destroyed but nobody got a solution for the same. In the end, Lord Shiva came to their rescue and he drank the poison Halahala. This made him shout with pain in his throat. To cool down the effect of the poison, Goddess Parvati placed her hands on the throat of Lord Shiva and released him from the suffering. The Devas and Asuras thanked Lord Shiva on Trayodashi tithi. Pleased with the devotion, Lord Shiva is believed to have danced between the horns of Nandi – the bull. The time when Shiva was extremely happy was the Pradosham period or the twilight time of the Trayodashi tithi. Since then every Trayodashi tithi (13th day) of both lunar fortnights is observed as Pradosh vrat.
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Significance of Pradosh Vrat
Pradosh Vrat affects both your mind and body. With this vrat, you can destroy inauspicious powers. The person who keeps observing Pradosh never gets surrounded by crises in life and wealth and prosperity remains in their life. This auspicious vrat helps to remove all the negativity and health problems from your life. Observing Pradosh Vrat with utmost dedication; Lord Shiva removes all the sins from life and helps to attain Moksha. The benefits of Pradosh Vrat are different and vary according to the days.
Pradosh vrat Katha for all days
Ravi Pradosh Vrat (Bhanu Pradosham)
Som Pradosh Vrat (Som Pradosham)
Mangal Pradosh Vrat (Bhoum Pradosham)
Budh Pradosh Vrat (Saumyavara Pradosham)
Guru Pradosh Vrat (Guruvara Pradosham)
Shukra Pradosh Vrat (Bhriguvara Pradosham)
Shani Pradosh Vrat (Shani Pradosham)