Pradosham, also referred as Pradosha Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in a Hindu month. There are two Pradoshams – one during the waxing phase of moon and another during the waning phase of moon. Also known as Pradosham Vratam in
South India, it is observed during the twilight period. In August 2008, the dates of Pradosham are August 14 and August 28.
A fast from sunrise to sunset is observed by Shiva devotees. Some people only observe fasting on anyone Pradosham day in a month. There are staunch Shiva devotees who observe fast on the both the days in a month. The prayers for Pradosham begin around 1.5 hours before sunset and end one hour after sunset.
Special pujas are performed in Shiva temples during the period. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period.