Pradosham is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and occurs twice in a Hindu month. One each in the two different phases of moon (waxing and waning). It is also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Pradosham Vratam. In 2008 July, Pradosham dates are July 15 and July 30.
In North India, the Shravan Masa Shivratri also falls on July 30 and this makes the day highly auspicious.
Staunch Shiva devotees fast on the Pradosham day and they break their fasting after the evening prayers. Pradosham as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. Loosely the Pradosham period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.
Most devotees prefer to pray to Lord Shiva or remain in Shiva temples during the Pradosham period.
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