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Pradosham August 2017 dates – Shiva Pradosham Vratam Fasting in August 2017

Pradosham Vratam is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in a Hindu lunar month. In August 2017 Pradosham dates are August 5 and August 19. Another auspicious factor is that the first Pradosham is in the Hindi Calendar Shravan month dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Both the Pradosham in the month are on Saturday and therefore it is known as Shani Pradosh and it is highly auspicious.

Pradosham falls on the 13th day a Hindu lunar fortnight. There are two Pradoshams – one during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) and another during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha).

Fasting, special pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati are observed on the day. Most pujas and rituals are performed during the twilight period (around 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset).

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed on anyone of the Pradoshams in a month. There are also many Shiva devotees who fast on all the Pradosham days.

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