Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. March 2011 Pradosh dates are March 2 and March 17 and March 31. March 2 is highly auspicious as this year Shivratri is also observed on the day. Pradosh occurs twice in a Hindu month – on the 12th day during the waning and waxing phase of the moon.
Fasting on the day is from early morning to the Pradosh period which is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.
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.
Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple during this period.
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