Pradosh vrat or Pradosham (Hindi:प्रदोष व्रत, Tamil:பிரதோஷ விரதம் , Telugu:ప్రదోష వ్రతం, Malayalam:പ്രദോഷ വ്രതം ) is a popular Hindu vrat that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pradosh vrat is observed on the Trayodashi tithi (13th day) of both Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha. Therefore, it comes twice every month in Hindu calendar.

Next Pradosh Vrat is on February 20, Thursday

Phalguna Pradosh puja time : February 20, 6:21 pm - February 20, 8:53 pm

After February 20, the next pradosh vrat falls on March 07, Saturday.

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Lord Shiva is worshipedon Pradosh Vrat

Pradosh Vrat Tithi & Puja Timings on February 20, Thursday

Sunrise20 February, 2020 07:00 AM.
Sunset20 February, 2020 06:21 PM.
Trayodashi Tithi Start20 February, 2020 04:00 PM.
Trayodashi Tithi End21 February, 2020 05:21 PM.
Pradosha Puja TimeFebruary 20, 06:21 PM - February 20, 08:53 PM
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The Pradosh vrat can be observed by all irrespective of the age and gender. People in different parts of the country observe this vrat with full devotion and dedication. This Vrat is observed in honour of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.

In some parts of India, disciples worship the Nataraj form of Lord Shiva on this day. As per the Skanda Puran there are two different methods of fasting on the Pradosh vrat. In the first method, the devotes observe strict fast for whole day and night, that is, 24 hours and which also includes keeping a vigil at night. In the second method the fasting is observed from the sunrise until sunset, and the fast is broken after worshipping Lord Shiva in the evening.

The word ‘pradosh’ in Hindi means 'belonging or relating to the evening' or 'first part of the night'. As this sacred vrat is observed during the ‘Sandhyakaal’ that is the evening twilight, it is called as the Pradosh vrat.

According to the Hindu mythology it is believed that on the auspicious day of Pradosh, Lord Shiva together with Goddess Parvati feels extremely delighted, pleased and generous. Therefore the followers of Lord Shiva keep a fast and worship their deity on this chosen day to seek divine blessings.

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Pradosh vrat is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati

Pradosh Vrat Rituals and Puja:

  • On the day of Pradosham, twilight period - that is the time just before sunrise and sunset, is considered to be auspicious. All the prayers and pujas are observed during this time.
  • One hour before sunset, devotees take a bath and get ready for the puja.
  • A preliminary puja is performed where Lord Shiva is worshipped along with Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesh, Lord Kartik and Nandi. After which there is a ritual where Lord Shiva is worshipped and invoked in a sacred pot or ‘Kalasha’. This Kalasha is kept on darbha grass with lotus drawn on it and is filled with water.
  • In some places, the worship of the Shivling is also performed. The Shivling is given a bath with sacred substances like milk, curd and ghee. Puja is performed and the devotees offer Bilva leaves on the Shivling. Some people also use a picture or painting of Lord Shiva for worshipping. It is believed that offering Bilva leaves on the day of Pradosh vrat is highly auspicious.
  • After this ritual, the devotees listen to the Pradosh vrat katha or read stories from the Shiva Purana.
  • Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is enchanted 108 times.
  • After the puja is over, water from the Kalasha is partaken and the devotees apply the sacred ash on their forehead.
  • After the puja, most of the devotees visit the Lord Shiva temples for darshan. It is believed that lighting even a single lamp on the day of Pradosham is very rewarding.
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By following these simple rituals with utmost sincerity and purity, the devotees can easily please Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and seek their blessings.

Significance of Pradosh Vrat:

The benefits of the Pradosh vrat are explicitly mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is said that one who observes this revered fast with devotion and faith is bound to possess contentment, wealth and good health. Pradosha vratham is also observed for spiritual upliftment and fulfilment of one’s desires. Pradosh vrat has been greatly lauded by the Hindu scriptures and is held very sacred by the followers of Lord Shiva. It is a known fact that even a single glance of the deity on this propitious day will end all your sins and bestow you with bountiful blessings and good fortune.

Listen to Pradosh Vrat Katha in Hindi

The benefits of the Pradosh vrat varies according to the day it falls on. The different names and respective benefits of Pradosh vrat is given below:

  • Som Pradosh Vrat: It falls on a Monday and hence it is called as ‘Som Pradosh’. By observing the vrat on this day, the devotees will become a positive thinker and all their desires will come true.
  • Bhaum Pradosh Vrat: When Pradosh falls on a Tuesday it is called as ‘Bhaum Pradosh’. Devotees will get relief from their health problems and also improve their physical health. The Bhaum Pradosh vrat also brings prosperity.
  • Saumya Vaara Pradosh Vrat: The Saumya Vaara Pradosh falls on a Wednesday. The devotees on this auspicious day seek fulfilment of their wished and are also blessed with knowledge and wisdom.
  • Guruvaara Pradosh Vrat: It falls on a Thursday and by observing this fast, the devotees are able to put an end to all their existing dangers. Furthermore the Guruvaara Pradosha Vrat also invokes blessings from the Pitru or the ancestors.
  • Bhrigu Vaara Pradosh Vrat: When the Pradosh vrat is observed on a Friday, it is called as the ‘Bhrigu Vaara Pradosh vrat’. This vrat will bring you all the contentment and success by eliminating the negativities from your life.
  • Shani Pradosh Vrat: The Shani Pradosh falls on a Saturday is considered to be very important of all the Pradosha vrats. The individual who observes the vrat on this day will be able to revive his lost wealth and also seek promotion.
  • Bhaanu Vaara Pradosh Vrat: It falls on a Sunday and the benefit of Bhaanu Vaara Pradosh Vrat is that the devotees will attain longevity and peace by observing the fast on this day.

All Pradosh Vrat dates in 2020 and Pradosha Puja Time

January 8th
Wednesday
Sunrise : Jan 08, 7:13 AM
Sunset : Jan 08, 5:52 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Jan 08, 4:14 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Jan 09, 3:44 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Jan 08, 5:52 PM - Jan 08, 8:33 PM
January 22nd
Wednesday
Sunrise : Jan 22, 7:13 AM
Sunset : Jan 22, 6:02 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Jan 22, 1:45 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Jan 23, 1:49 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Jan 22, 6:02 PM - Jan 22, 8:41 PM
February 7th
Friday
Sunrise : Feb 07, 7:08 AM
Sunset : Feb 07, 6:13 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Feb 06, 8:23 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Feb 07, 6:31 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Feb 07, 6:13 PM - Feb 07, 8:48 PM
February 20th
Thursday
Sunrise : Feb 20, 7:00 AM
Sunset : Feb 20, 6:21 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Feb 20, 4:00 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Feb 21, 5:21 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Feb 20, 6:21 PM - Feb 20, 8:53 PM
March 7th
Saturday
Sunrise : Mar 07, 6:46 AM
Sunset : Mar 07, 6:29 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Mar 07, 9:29 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Mar 08, 6:31 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Mar 07, 6:29 PM - Mar 07, 8:56 PM
March 21st
Saturday
Sunrise : Mar 21, 6:33 AM
Sunset : Mar 21, 6:34 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Mar 21, 7:56 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Mar 22, 10:08 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Mar 21, 6:34 PM - Mar 21, 8:58 PM
April 5th
Sunday
Sunrise : Apr 05, 6:18 AM
Sunset : Apr 05, 6:40 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Apr 05, 7:25 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Apr 06, 3:52 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Apr 05, 6:40 PM - Apr 05, 8:59 PM
April 20th
Monday
Sunrise : Apr 20, 6:05 AM
Sunset : Apr 20, 6:46 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Apr 20, 12:43 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Apr 21, 3:12 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Apr 20, 6:46 PM - Apr 20, 9:01 PM
May 5th
Tuesday
Sunrise : May 05, 5:54 AM
Sunset : May 05, 6:52 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : May 05, 2:54 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : May 05, 11:21 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : May 05, 6:52 PM - May 05, 9:04 PM
May 19th
Tuesday
Sunrise : May 19, 5:47 AM
Sunset : May 19, 6:59 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : May 19, 5:31 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : May 20, 7:42 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : May 19, 6:59 PM - May 19, 9:08 PM
June 3rd
Wednesday
Sunrise : Jun 03, 5:44 AM
Sunset : Jun 03, 7:05 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Jun 03, 9:05 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Jun 04, 6:06 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Jun 03, 7:05 PM - Jun 03, 9:13 PM
June 18th
Thursday
Sunrise : Jun 18, 5:45 AM
Sunset : Jun 18, 7:10 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Jun 18, 9:39 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Jun 19, 11:01 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Jun 18, 7:10 PM - Jun 18, 9:17 PM
July 2nd
Thursday
Sunrise : Jul 02, 5:49 AM
Sunset : Jul 02, 7:12 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Jul 02, 3:17 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Jul 03, 1:16 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Jul 02, 7:12 PM - Jul 02, 9:20 PM
July 18th
Saturday
Sunrise : Jul 18, 5:55 AM
Sunset : Jul 18, 7:10 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Jul 18, 12:33 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Jul 19, 12:41 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Jul 18, 7:10 PM - Jul 18, 9:19 PM
August 1st
Saturday
Sunrise : Aug 01, 6:01 AM
Sunset : Aug 01, 7:04 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Jul 31, 10:42 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Aug 01, 9:54 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Aug 01, 7:04 PM - Aug 01, 9:16 PM
August 16th
Sunday
Sunrise : Aug 16, 6:07 AM
Sunset : Aug 16, 6:54 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Aug 16, 1:50 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Aug 17, 12:35 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Aug 16, 6:54 PM - Aug 16, 9:09 PM
August 30th
Sunday
Sunrise : Aug 30, 6:12 AM
Sunset : Aug 30, 6:42 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Aug 30, 8:21 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Aug 31, 8:49 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Aug 30, 6:42 PM - Aug 30, 9:00 PM
September 15th
Tuesday
Sunrise : Sep 15, 6:17 AM
Sunset : Sep 15, 6:26 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Sep 15, 1:29 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Sep 15, 11:00 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Sep 15, 6:26 PM - Sep 15, 8:48 PM
September 29th
Tuesday
Sunrise : Sep 29, 6:21 AM
Sunset : Sep 29, 6:12 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Sep 28, 8:59 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Sep 29, 10:33 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Sep 29, 6:12 PM - Sep 29, 8:38 PM
October 14th
Wednesday
Sunrise : Oct 14, 6:27 AM
Sunset : Oct 14, 5:58 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Oct 14, 11:51 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Oct 15, 8:33 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Oct 14, 5:58 PM - Oct 14, 8:28 PM
October 28th
Wednesday
Sunrise : Oct 28, 6:33 AM
Sunset : Oct 28, 5:47 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Oct 28, 12:54 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Oct 29, 3:16 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Oct 28, 5:47 PM - Oct 28, 8:20 PM
November 13th
Friday
Sunrise : Nov 13, 6:43 AM
Sunset : Nov 13, 5:38 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Nov 12, 9:30 PM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Nov 13, 5:59 PM
Pradosha Puja Time : Nov 13, 5:38 PM - Nov 13, 8:15 PM
November 27th
Friday
Sunrise : Nov 27, 6:52 AM
Sunset : Nov 27, 5:36 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Nov 27, 7:46 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Nov 28, 10:21 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Nov 27, 5:36 PM - Nov 27, 8:15 PM
December 12th
Saturday
Sunrise : Dec 12, 7:02 AM
Sunset : Dec 12, 5:38 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Dec 12, 7:02 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Dec 13, 3:53 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Dec 12, 5:38 PM - Dec 12, 8:19 PM
December 27th
Sunday
Sunrise : Dec 27, 7:10 AM
Sunset : Dec 27, 5:45 PM
Trayodashi Tithi Start : Dec 27, 4:18 AM
Trayodashi Tithi End : Dec 28, 6:20 AM
Pradosha Puja Time : Dec 27, 5:45 PM - Dec 27, 8:26 PM

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