Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pradosh occurs twice in a Hindu month – on the 12th day during the waning and waxing phase of the moon. August 2011 Pradosh dates are August 11 and August 25. Both the pradosh falls on Saturday or Shanivar and there is known as Shani Pradosh. As per traditional calendar followed in North India, both the Pradosh are in Shravan month this makes it very auspicious.
Please note that only the second pradosh is in Shravan month as per traditional calendar followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Some Shiva devotees only fast during the Pradosh falling during the waning phase of moon.
The strictness of the fast depends on the devotee. The fast is broken in the evening after prayers. The puja and worship is done in the evening.
The Pradosh period is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.
Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple during this period.
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