Pradosham April 2014 dates – Monthly Shiva Pradosham Fasting in April 2014



Pradosham is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Shiva in a Hindu lunar month on the 13th day of a fortnight. In April 2014, the dates of Pradosham are April 12 and April 26, 2014. On the day, prayers are offered during the twilight period to Shiva and Parvati. Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed on Pradosham day.

April 12, 2014 and April 26, 2014 Pradosham falls on a Saturday and therefore it is known as Shani Pradosh - good day to propitiate Shiva to overcome Shani Bhagvan related troubles.

There are two Pradoshams – one during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) of moon and another during the waning phase (Krishna Paksha) of moon. It is said that Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees.

Pradosham begins around 1.5 hours before sunset and end one hour after sunset. Most Shiva devotees mainly spend this time at a Shiva temple. If at home devotees chant any of the mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva or read the Shiva Purana.

There are staunch Shiva devotees who fast on both the Pradosham. Some people only observe one Pradosham in a month.

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