Pradosham, also referred as Pradosha Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pradosham occurs twice in a Hindu month – once each during the waning and waxing phase of the moon on the Triyodashi day (Thirteenth day after new moon and full moon). Pujas and rituals on Pradosham are performed during the twilight period – around 90 minutes before and 90 minutes after sunset. The Pradosham dates are November 11 and November 24.
The Pradosham falling on November 24, 2008 is on a Monday and therefore it is known as Soma Pradosha and is considered highly auspicious as Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Fasting from sunrise to sunset is an important aspect of Pradosham. The fast is broken after the evening prayers. The puja and worship is done in the evening. Most devotees spend the evening on the day in a Shiva temple.
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