Pradosh Vrat (Adhik) : Significance, Pujan Vidhi & Shubh Muhurat

Pradsh Vrat in itself is a very special fast and it is believed that the fruits acquired after its observation is similar to that of which can be obtained after making a donation of two cows. 

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Pradosh Vrat is considered to be extremely auspicious and highly fruitful. It is believed that the fast is directly associated with Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati. This fast is observed on Trayodashi Tithi of Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha. Pradosh Vrat points out to fixed time and particular date (Tithi). Pradosh Vrat is also known as Pradosham in certain places.     

It is said that when one worships Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati with pure intention and  true devotion on the day Pradosh Vrat gets blessed immeasurably and all of his/her desires are fulfilled. The Puja of Pradosh Vrat is suggested to be performed during the evening of Trayodashi Tithi.      

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When will be Pradosh Vrat Observed?

The Vrat which we are talking about here is Adhik Pradosh Vrat which is going to be observed on September 29, 2020 i.e. Tuesday. 

Shubh Muhurat of Pradosh Vrat (Adhik)

September 29, 2020, Tuesday

From 06 : 16 PM in the evening until 08 : 40 PM at night

Ashwin, Shukla Trayodashi

Begins  – On September 28 at 08:58 PM 

Ends –  On September 29 at 10:33 PM 

Pujan Vidhi of Pradosh Vrat

  • Always wear white or light coloured clothes on the day of Pradosh Vrat. 
  • Take a bath in the morning and then perform the Abhishek of Shivling by visiting a Shiva Temple. If you are unable to visit the temple then you can perform the Abhishek at home. 
  • During this, recitation of the Panchakshari Mantra of Lord Shiva should be done.
  • Offer Bel Patra to Lord Shiva on this day.
  • Reciting the legend/Katha of Pradosh Vrat is considered to be highly fruitful on this very day. 
  • Offer prasad to Lord Shiva and after the worship, distribute the same i.e. prasad among others.

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Pradosh Vrat : Things to be Kept in Mind

  • One must perform the worship/Puja of Pradosh Vrat twice i.e. the morning and the evening.
  • Besides this, this fast is observed without the consumption of water.
  • In addition to this, this fast has to be observed for eleven or twenty six Trayodashis. After this, conclude the fast with due rituals. 

Note: It is said that the Pradosh Vrat falling on different days has different significance. In such a situation, if the Vrat falls on Tuesday, then one is set free from all ailments and faces no health issues with the observance of the same i.e. Vrat.  Therefore, If you have been suffering from any ailment for a long time, then you too must observe this fast. 

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Significance of Pradosh Vrat

It is said that a person gets free from all kinds of sorrows and troubles by observing the fast on this day. Also, it is believed that the observer of Prdosh Vrat attains Moksha/salvation after death. In addition to this, it is also believed that those who observe this Vrat receive fruits equivalent to what is acquired after donating two cows.  

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By worshipping Lord Shiva on the day of Pardosh Vrat, one can acquire freedom from all kinds of sins in his/her life. This fast is considered to be more auspicious and more fruitful than other fasts. 

Legend Associated with Pradosh Vrat

There used to be a poor priest in the ancient times. After the death of the priest, his wife along with his son would go begging to maintain their livelihood and return in the evening. One day, she met the prince of Vidarbha city. The prince would also stroll from one place to another after the demise of his father. The wife of the priest could not bear the condition of the prince and brought him to her place and started caring for him like her own son.    

One day, the wife of the priest along with her two sons went to the Ashram of Shandilya Rishi. There, she heard the Katha of Pradosh Vrat of Lord Shiva, understood it’s Pujan Vidhi and observed the fast after returning home. 

Once upon a time, the two children were strolling in the forest. After some time, the son of the priest returned but the prince stayed in the forest. Then, the prince saw Gandharva girls playing over there and started communicating with them and among them, was one girl named Anshumati

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That day, the prince returned home very late and went to the same place the following day. At that very moment, Anshumati was talking to her parents. The parents of Anshumati recognised the prince and asked him whether he was the prince of Vidarbha city and his name was Dharma gupt. 

The parents of Anshumati liked the prince and offered him to marry their daughter by the grace of Lord Shiva and asked if he would be ready for it. The prince replied affirmatively and then, they got married.

After some time, the prince invaded Vidarbha city with the assistance of Gandharva’s huge forces and conquered the war. After this, he along with his wife started ruling the city and respectfully, brought the wife of the priest and her son to the palace. Then, the wife of the priest and her son got free from all problems, poverty and started living there happily and comfortably.

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Once, Anshumati asked the prince and then the latter narrated the entire episode of his life and significance of Pradosh Vrat and also talked about the fruits received from this very fast. The belief goes that since then, the prestige and importance of Pradosh Vrat has increased and people have started observing this fast. 

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This is the last festival/fast of September Month. After this, the next festival/fast is Ashwin Purnima/Purnima Vrat which is going to be observed on October 1, 2020 i.e. Thursday. Stay connected with AstroSage for detailed information on Ashwin Purnima.

Hope this information helps you understand the significance of this fast!

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