Pradosh Vrat Vrat is the Hindi term of fast . It is a process in which devotees do not consume food or/and water on the days dedicated to the Gods they believe in, to show their dedication and to gain health and prosperityis observed to seek blessing from Lord ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... and all the pradosh vrats that fall on Mondays are known as Som Pradosh Vrat.
A widow went home to home in search of alms for herself and her son. She came across another boy, named Dharamgupt whose father had lost a battle and his kingdom was taken over by his enemies. They had thrown out Dharamgupt out of his own kingdom. The lady took Dharamgupt to her own home and treated him like her son. All three of them performed Som Pradosh Vrats every month.
One day Dharamgupt met a beautiful girl and they both fell in love. She asked him to meet her after one day. Dharamgupt did as he was told and went to meet the girl who was sitting with her father. Her father was a king and he told Dharamgupt that he is ready to wed his daughter to him and he will also give him an army so that Dharamgupt could gain his kingdom back.
Dharamgupt was soon married and also won back his kingdom. He took the widow and her son along with him and gave them high position and status in the kingdom. Such were the benefits gained by all the three people by observing the Som Pradosh fasts.
How to Observe the Fast (Pooja Vidhi)
Other offerings like ghee, milk, curd, honey, rice powder, sugar cane juice, lime juice, coconut water, cooked rice, sandalwood paste and sugar can result in receiving salvation, long life, children, good health, satisfaction, majestic life removing enmity and debts.
Devotees might observe a full day fast or a partial fast in which they might consume fruits. The fast begins at sunrise and ends in the evening, after one has performed all the rituals. Cooked vegetarian food can be consumed after prayers.
Benefits of Observing the Fast
It is believed that these days are highly governed by Parvati who influences thoughts and emotions of one’s life. Offering prayers to her might also provide emotional stability and strength.
The list of Som Pradosh Vrats and the auspicious time to perform prayers and rituals are-
16th February 2015 (18:07 to 20:42)
02nd March 2015 (18:17 to 20:47)
29th June 2015 (19:18 to 21:21)
13th July 2015 (19:17 to 21:21)
23rd November 2015 (17:20 to 20:05)
These fasts are observed the twilight period and it is believed that Shiva and Parvati are in the most cheerful mood in this period, thus granting all the wishes of their devotees.