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Pradosham September 2017 dates – Monthly Fasting for Shiva Pradosham September 2017

Pradosham is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Shiva in a Hindu lunar month. In September 2017, the dates of Pradosham are September 3 and September 17. On the day, prayers are offered during the twilight period to Shiva and Parvati. Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed on Pradosham day.

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.
You may also like to read How to observe Pradosham? Story of Pradosham Fasting

Story of Dattatreya as Son of Sage Atri

There are numerous stories regarding the birth of Sage Dattatreya. The story of birth of Dattatreya as the son of Sage Atri is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Legend has it that Sage Atri performed intense austerities for taking forward his lineage.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva appeared before Sage Atri and told him that all of them would be born as his sons.

In due course of time, Anasuya wife of Sage Atri gave birth to Soma who was the essence of Brahma, Dattatreya who was the essence of Vishnu and Sage Durvasa who was the essence of Shiva.

As per Srimad Bhagavad Purana, sage Atri was blessed by Vishnu saying that I have given (data) myself unto you. Thus as the son of Sage Atri, Vishnu was known as Dattatreya.

Related Brahma Vishnu Shiva born as Sons of Anasuya

Temples and Sacred Places atop Chamundi Hill in Mysore

Chamundi Hill is located around 15 km from Mysore. The main temple located atop the hill is the famous Chamundeshwari Temple. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari, a manifestation of Goddess Durga who slew the demon Mahishasura.

This shrine was built during the 12th century AD. She is the tutelary deity of the kings of Mysore. Apart from the Hindu gods and goddesses, there are statues of kings and queens in the temple. There are 1000 steps leading to the shrine.
The oldest temple on the hill is known as Mahabaleshwara Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built during 950 AD.  The hill itself is known as Mahabaladri.
The most striking image on the hill is that of Nandi, the vahana of Shiva. It is located three quarters on the way to the top at the 800th step. The Nandi figure is nearly 15ft high and 24 ft long (4.2 X 7.2 m).

Happiness or sorrow cannot be controlled by itself – Swami Hariharananda

A blind man cannot give instructions regarding anything concerning the visual properties of objects, so the teachings of a person who has not himself realized truth, cannot relate to any realizable principle.

Men with minds dominated by the principle of Tamas, lack the ability of discrimination between right and wrong and engage in vicious act or acts which cause great unhappiness. They are deluded and have wrong knowledge about the nature of ultimate reality.

What is a clod of earth today becomes a pot tomorrow. In the pot the earth is not destroyed; only the earth has changed form and is existing in the form of a pot.

Happiness or sorrow cannot be controlled by itself; it is to be eliminated by shutting out valid cognition etc. which give rise to them.
Source - Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali by Swami Hariharananda