Pradosh, or Pradosha Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva on the 12th day of a lunar fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar. Pradosh dates in May 2011 – May 15 and May 30. There are two Pradosh in a Hindu month. Shiva devotees observe fasting from sunrise to sunset on the day and it is considered highly beneficial. Pradosha puja is performed during the twilight period.
As the Pradosh on May 30, 2011 falls on Monday, it is also known as Som Pradosh.
Pradosh the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. The Pradosha period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.
Some people only observe fasting on a single Pradosham day in a month. There are staunch Shiva devotees who observe fast on the both the days in a month.
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 and they shower blessings on devotees.
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