Pradosham, also known as Pradosh or Pradosha Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva on the 12th day of a lunar fortnight in Hindu traditional calendar. In 2011 April, Pradosham dates are April 15 and April 30. Pradosha occurs during the two different phases of moon (waxing and waning) in a Hindu lunar month. Prayers and pujas are offered to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati during the twilight period on the day.
The Pradosh falling on April 30 is on a Saturday and it is also known as Shani Pradosh.
Pradosha 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. Fasting is from sunrise and ends with the evening puja.
Most devotees prefer to pray to Lord Shiva or remain in Shiva temples during the Pradosha period.
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