Pradosh, also known as Pradosham or Pradosha Vrata, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva, which occurs twice during the traditional Hindu lunar month. Pradosh Vrat occurs during the two different phases of moon (waxing and waning) in a Hindu month. Prayers are offered to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati during the twilight period on the day. In 2009 March, Pradosh dates are March 8 and March 24.
The Pradosh Vrata falling on March 24 is also known as Bhauma Pradosh.
Pradosh as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. Loosely the Pradosh 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 Pradosha period.
Devotees fasting on the Pradosham day, break their fasting after the evening prayers.
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