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Pradosh Vrat 2024: Significance, Rituals and Vrat Katha

By September 15, 2023May 28th, 2024No Comments
Pradosh Vrat 2024 Significance, Rituals And Vrat Katha

Pradosh Vrat 2024 is a special and auspicious day for the Lord Shiva’s devotees. Pradosh Vrat falls twice a month, one on the waxing moon and the other on a waning moon. But here is the bonus part. Lord Shiva’s devotees get to celebrate this day twice, on the 13th day of Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha. 

We know that questions like, “When is Pradosh vrat?’ or ‘How many Pradosh Vrat to do?’ must be popping into your head right now. Don’t worry; we will cover it all. Right from the ways to perform it to the reason why this Pradosh Vrat is different from the others. So, if you want to take the blessings of Lord Shiva on this day, stick around till the end, as we will show you the right way to do just that. 

Pradosh Vrat Tithi Start: 4th June 2024 at 7:23 PM

Pradosh Vrat Tithi End: 4th June 2024 at 9:29 PM 

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Significance of Pradosh Vrat 

The day of Pradosh Vrat is truly special for the devotees of Lord Shiva as per Hindu mythology. On this day, people observe fast and worship Lord Shiva with true and utmost devotion. But what’s so special about Pradosh Vrat? What’s so special about Pradosh Vrat that it sets it apart from the other fasts? Give us a minute to explain. Well, it is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati open the doors for luck, fortune and happiness for those who observe the fast and worship them with true devotion in their hearts.

But wait till we disclose to you the fascinating part about the Pradosh Vrat. ‘Pradosh’ is derived from the word Pradosham meaning the time before sunset. Also, keeping a fast on this day is the way of getting rid of any dosha or past bad karmic deeds. Lord Shiva gives you a chance to correct your mistakes and cleanse from the negative karma in your life. 

This time, the Pradosh Vrat tithi falls on 4th June 2024, Tuesday known as Buddh Pradosh Vrat. So, if a person observes a fast on this day, exciting opportunities in business matters and success in studies knock at their door. All this because of the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. 

Pradosh Vrat Rituals 

Imagine a day when you seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and at the same time get all your desires fulfilled! This is the magic of Pradosh Kaal time! So, here we are, about to discuss the important Pradosh Vrat rituals and make Lord Shiva the happiest. 

Fasting – A Purification Ritual

First on the list of Pradosh Vrat rituals is fasting. On the special day of Pradosh Vrat date, the devotees observe the fast for the whole day. And if you think Pradosh Vrat is like any other vrat, this is where you are wrong. As per the rituals, a person observing fast on this day is not allowed to eat or drink anything for the whole day. Fasting on Pradosh Vrat 2024 is a way to purify your soul as well as show how much devotion you have in your heart for Lord Shiva. 

Bathing and Purification- Wash Away All the Negativity  

Physical purity, also known as Suchi, is thought to be one of the most important steps for the purification of the body. This is why people take a bath and cleanse their physical body with water, which acts as a purifier for them. Mostly, people prefer taking baths in a sacred river or water body. Think of this ritual as a way to leave away all the impurities in your body behind and get ready for worship. 

Creating a Sacred Space for the Deity 

After the purification of the body, here comes the Pradosh Vrat ritual that involves devoting a proper sacred place to Lord Shiva. You can either set up a place in your temple or your house. If this is not possible, then visiting a Lord Shiva temple and setting up a space there is the next best option. Just think of this sacred place for Lord Shiva as a window through which you can directly communicate with him or ask for his blessings. The devotees decorate the altar or pooja ghar with flowers, leaves, incense sticks (dhoop batti) and other traditional items. 

Evening Prayers 

Here comes the most important part- evening prayers. In the Sanskrit language, Pradosham means the time before sunset. It is believed that during this Pradosh kaal time, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are in a generous mood, ready to shower their blessings and grant you inner peace and happiness. So, to do that, one must chant mantras or paaths that are dear to Lord Shiva. Chanting Rudra Sukta and Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is one of the Pradosh Vrat rituals. 

Abhishekam- Cleansing the Soul 

As per Hindu mythology, if you want to please Lord Shiva and seek his blessings, then the easiest and the effective way is to perform ‘Abhishekam’. So, offering things such as water, milk, honey, ghee, and curd is the way to energise the Almighty and make him happy. Performing this ritual with true and utmost devotion opens the doors to prosperity and good luck. Moreover, this ritual is performed to cleanse the soul and ward off all the negative vibrations in your life. 

Prayers and Arti 

Last but not least is the ritual that provides peace to the devotee’s heart and soul. We are talking about the ritual of offering prayers to the Almighty. People light oil lamps and offer things that are very dear to Lord Shiva, such as flowers, fruits, or bel patra. Along with this, some people prefer to chant Shiva Purana or Shiva Sahasranama. 

Pradosh Vrat Katha 

Now is the time to get back in time and know the Pradosh vrat katha and the reason why this fast is associated with Lord Shiva. This time, the main spotlight is on ‘Budh Pradosh Vrat Katha! Why, you may ask. Well, the next Pradosh Vrat kaal time falls on a Wednesday, making it an extra special day for the devotees. But here is a little twist: If this vrat had fallen on Thursday, we would have talked about Guru Pradosh Vrat Katha. But wait! There are different legends associated with the different days. Just like Som Pradosh vrat katha becomes relevant when the fast falls on a Monday of any month. 

Budh Pradosh Vrat Katha

Here comes another exciting Pradosh Vrat Katha. Once upon a time, there was a man who recently got married. After the marriage, the man wanted to bring his wife home. Of all the days, he chose Wednesday to bring his wife home. But what’s wrong with that? As per Hindu traditions, it is considered inauspicious for a married daughter to return to her in-laws’ house from her parents’ home on a Wednesday. Doing this would invite unnecessary troubles or difficulties to her in-laws and as well as her parents’ house.

Coming back to the story, the man was adamant that he would take his newly wedded wife home on Wednesday. Ignoring the advice of the elders, he left with his new bride. Here comes the twist in the story. During the journey, he went to bring water since his wife felt thirsty. But he got enraged when he saw his wife talking to a man who looked just like him. This started the fight between the two men. Seeing the intensity, people intervened and asked the bride to recognise her husband.

However, the resemblance between the two was so uncanny that she failed to recognise who her real husband was. This is when the man pleads with Lord Shiva to bless him and bring him out of this weird situation. Lord Shiva made the imposter disappear and blessed the couple with peace and bliss. Since then, people observed the Budh Pradosh vrat katha faithfully. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How many Pradosh Vrat to do?

Pradosh vrat tithi happens twice a month, during the 13th day of the lunar phases- one in which the moon is in the waning phase (Krishna paksha)  and the other in which the moon is in the waxing (Shukla paksha)  phase.

2. What should we eat in Pradosh vrat?

One should consume ‘satvik’ bhojan. The meal should not be made of onion and garlic. Dishes made of potatoes such as aloo khichdi, aloo pakoda and so on. One must add rock salt(sendha namak) during the Pradosh vrat tithi.

3. What is the significance of Pradosh Vrat?

It is believed that the ones who observe the fast on Pradosh vrat date get blessings of Lord Shiva in the form of good luck and prosperity. Along with this, worshipping Lord Shiva cleanses your soul and removes negative karma from your life.

4. What are Pradosh vrat benefits?

Keeping fast on this day improves the placement of the Moon in an individual’s kundli. Another Pradosh vrat benefit is that it brings good luck, fortune and peace.

5. What are the rules for Pradosh?

Rules for Pradosh Vrat 2024 include a ‘Nirjala’ vrat for the whole day. They must avoid consuming alcohol or non-vegetarian meals. Consuming food items made from rice is strictly prohibited on Pradosh Vrat tithi.

6. Which God is the Pradosh Vrat for?

Lord Shiva is the god associated with the Pradosh Vrat.

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