Pradosh Vrat Puja and Story
Pradosh fast has a lot of importance in Hinduism. Pradosh Vrat falling on Monday is called Som Pradosh Vrat. Pradosh Vrat is observed on Trayodashi Tithi. Pradosh fast is observed twice every month. One in Shukla Paksha and one in Krishna Paksha. There are a total of 24 Pradosh fasts in a year. On the day of the Pradosh fast, Lord Shankar and Mother Parvati are worshiped according to the rituals. In Pradosh Vrat, worship during the Pradosh period has special significance. Worshiping Lord Shankar and Mother Parvati on the day of Pradosh Vrat removes all kinds of pain and sorrow.
Pradosh Vrat Katha -
According to the legend, there lived a Brahmin in a town. Her husband had passed away. She no longer had any support, so she used to go out to beg with her son as soon as the morning. She took care of herself and her son.
One day the Brahmin was returning home when he found a boy moaning in an injured condition. The brahmin brought him to her house out of kindness. The boy was the prince of Vidarbha. Enemy soldiers had invaded his kingdom and had taken his father captive and had taken control of the kingdom, so he was going back and forth. The prince started living with the Brahmin son in the Brahmin’s house. One day a Gandharva girl named Anshumati saw the prince and she was fascinated by him. The next day Anshumati brought her parents to meet the prince. He also liked the prince. A few days later, Anshumati’s parents were ordered by Lord Shankar in a dream that the prince and Anshumati should be married. That’s what was done.
Along with observing Pradosh fast, Brahmins used to worship Lord Shankar. With the effect of Pradosh Vrat and with the help of Gandharvaraj’s army, the prince drove away from the enemies from Vidarbha and lived happily again with his father. The prince made a Brahmin son his prime minister. It is believed that just as the days changed due to the effect of the Pradosh fasting of Brahmins, in the same way, Lord Shankar changes the days of his devotees.
To observe Pradosh Vrat, one should first take bath after waking up early in the morning.
After this, worship of Lord Shiva must be done on this day.
Bel leaves, Akshat, flowers, incense, lamp, sandalwood, fruits, betel leaves, betel nut, etc. should be offered to Lord Shiva.
Along with Lord Shiva, Maa Parvati should also be duly worshipped.
By observing Pradosh fast, one gets the fruits of fame and happiness, and the peace of married life.
On this day the entire house must be cleaned.
By observing the fast of Pradosh, one gets the blessings of happiness, peace, fame, healthy life, and long life in life.
Significance of Pradosh Vrat
The special importance of the Pradosh fast has been told in the scriptures and many benefits of fasting on this day have been told. Pradosh which comes on Monday fulfills all the wishes. Similarly, the Pradosh fast on Sunday keeps it healthy. At the same time, when Pradosh comes on Tuesday, it gives freedom from diseases and keeps the person healthy. Pradosh coming on Wednesday proves the wishes. When Pradosh fast comes on Thursday, it destroys enemies. Pradosh fast on Friday brings good luck
Pradosh fast has special significance in this Magha month.
Pradosh fast starts on 13th February at 06:42 in the evening.
Pradosh fast ends on — the 14th of February, (Udaya Tithi Kaal) till 08:28 evening.