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The Benefit of Pradosh Vrat, 2 February 2019

The Benefit of Pradosh Vrat, 2 February 2019

Pradosh Vrat is a day-long bimonthly holy Hindu event. The word Pradosh means and refers to a time, like evening around sunset, Tithi, e.g. between 5:30pm and 8:30pm, considered auspicious especially to worship, depending on location, Tithi, moon status etc. Vrat means fasting. Pradosh Vrat is observed in worship to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati.

Pradosh Vrat is observed twice every month for a day, as mentioned above. The date is determined according to the Hindu calendar. Pradosh Vrat is observed on the 13th day, Tithi, in the 2 lunar-moon phases in a month. The 2 moon phases being the Shukla Paksha, waxing-rising phase, and the Krishna Paksha waning-decreasing phase of the moon.

Pradosh Vrat is a day dedicated in remembrance to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Devotees seek their blessings from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. They ask for that their problems, obstacles etc are taken away from life; also for good health, wealth, success, prosperity, happiness, children etc; and forgiveness for any sins.

Lord Shiva is one of the top three deities in Hinduism, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva is regarded as the Lord of the Destroyer, who destroys the evil, bad, demons etc. Lord Shiva represents power and energy. Goddess Parvati also represents Shakti-energy, power. Goddess Parvati is known by other names too, such as, Durga, Shakti, Isha, Kali etc.

Some of the details on how to observe Pradosh Vrat:

  • Refer to a detailed Hindu calendar, consult a Priest or an Astrologer, or check online for the exact date-time of Pradosh Vrat
  • The prayer, Puja is carried out in the evening
  • The prayers are normally held in the period between 2 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset
  • A bath is taken again in the evening, about an hour before the Puja is auspicious
  • Only milk or fruits may be consumed, but there are special Vrat food items
  • Idols of Lord Shiva are often washed-cleaned, with pure water, or milk
  • Offering Bilva leaves is considered auspicious
  • A devotee may visit Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati Temple
  • Mantra is chanted a 108 times
  • A Katha, story is read
  • At least one oil lamp may be lit at the Puja place at home or in temple

 

A Mantra for Lord Shiva is -

                                    Om Namah Shivaya

                                    ॐ नमः शिवाय


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(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-02-01 10:29:31 )


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