Pradhosham, also known as Pradosha Vrata, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in a Hindu month. There are two Pradoshams – one during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) of moon and another during the waning phase (Krishna Paksha) of moon. On the day, prayers are offered in the evening or during the twilight period and it is also known as Pradosham Vratam in
South India. In September 2008, the dates of Pradosham are September 12 and September 26.
Fasting from sunrise to sunset is the most widely observed activity on Pradosham day. Pradosham begins around 1.5 hours before sunset and end one hour after sunset. Most Shiva devotees mainly spend this time at a Shiva temple. If at home devotees chant any of the mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva or read the Shiva Purana.
There are staunch Shiva devotees who fast on both the Pradosham. Some people only observe one Pradosham in a month.
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