Pradosh Vrat Benefits and Vrat Katha
What is Pradosh Vrat
Pradosh Vrat is regarded as one of the most significant vrat which has been observed by the Hindus since ages to seek blessings of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Pradosh signifies the evening time around sunset.
The timing for Pradosh usually starts 90 minutes before the sunset and lasts upto 60 minutes after sunset. It is the dusk time and is considered the most auspicious period of the day. Pradosh Vrat is performed on sandhya kala or during the evening twilight.
In almost all the Shiva temples, the occasion of Pradosh of the Pradosh pujas are celebrated with much enthusiasm and is popular across India. The key significant aspects of Pradosh vrat and puja comprises of Abhishekam of idols of Nandi (sacred bull) and Lord Shiva amidst recitals of sacred mantras for pleasing Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Types and Benefits of Pradosh Vrat
Pradosh Vrat is of different types and holds diverse significances accordingly. Following are the benefits of Pradosh Vrat based upon their types:
- Som Pradosh Vrat
When Pradosh Vrat falls on a Monday then it is known as Som Pradosh. The key benefits of observing the Som Pradosh Vrat is that the desire of the devotees get fulfilled and the devotee attracts positivity and happiness in life.
- Bhauma Pradosh Vrat
When Pradosh Vrat falls on a Tuesday then it is known as Bhauma Pradosh. The key benefits of observing the Bhauma Pradosh Vrat is that it helps the devotee in getting relieved from any health related issues and also improves well being and quality of life of an individual. It also enhances the prosperity.
- Saumya Vaara Pradosh Vrat
When Pradosh Vrat falls on Wednesday then it is known as Saumya Vaara Pradosh Vrat. The key benefits of observing the Saumya Vaara Pradosh Vrat is that it blesses the devotee with knowledge, progeny, and education
- Guruvaara Pradosh Vrat
When Pradosh Vrat falls on Thursday then it is known as Guru Vaara Pradosh. When the devotees observe a Guruvaara Pradosh Vrat then they are blessed with divine blessings of their forefathers and ancestors. By observing this fast, people also get relieved from all sort of dangers as any obstacle in their lives get eliminated.
- Bhrigu Vaara Pradosh Vrat
When the Pradosh Vrat falls on Friday then it is known as Bhrigu Vaara Pradosh. The key benefits of observing the Bhrigu Vaara Pradosh Vrat is that the aspirants get blessed with happiness and success as there is elimination of all kind of opposition and negativity from one’s life.
- Shani Pradosh Vrat
When Pradosh Vrat falls on Saturday then it is known as Shani Pradosh. The key benefits of observing the Shani Pradosh Vrat is that it offers promotion to the devotee as well as it also brings back the lost wealth of the individual.
- Bhaanu Vaara Pradosh Vrat
When Pradosh Vrat falls on a Sunday then it is known as Bhaanu Pradosh. The key benefits of observing the Bhaanu Pradosh Vrat is that it helps the devotees in achieving longevity and peace.
Pradosh Vrat Katha
Pradosh Vrat can be concluded only after hearing the Pradosh Vrat Katha which is as follows :
Ages before, the demons and the Gods mutually decided to churn the ocean of milk in order to have nectar to get blessed with immortality. At the time of churning the ocean, the first thing which emerged out of it was the Halahala poison. It was highly poisonous and its fumes threatened the whole of creation which arose the fear of destruction among all. To save the earth from destruction, Lord Shiva so mercifully drank the Halahala poison which was obtained during Samudra Manthan at the time of Pradosh.
Goddess Parvati touched the neck of Lord Shiva to reduce its effect, but the poison remained there forever which has been resulted in Neelkanth (a blue Neck).
As it was the day of Pradosh, people believed that observing a Pradosh vrat will offer moksha and take up all the sins. The chanting of mantras and religious fasting are the best things which can be done for higher spiritual empowerments.
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