Pradosham, a term rooted in Sanskrit meaning 'removal of sins,' designates a propitious 3-hour period bi-monthly, precisely 1.5 hours before and after sunset, occurring on the 13th day of each fortnight in the Hindu lunar calendar. This revered timeframe presents a golden opportunity to dispel karmic energies that may hinder one's potential in their current life.

Specifically observed between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Pradosham manifests daily during this time window at a lesser energy level. Additionally, a more potent Pradosham transpires twice a month on the 13th day following both a New Moon and a Full Moon. At the apex of energy, Pradosham emerges when one of the 13th moon days aligns with a Saturday.

Benefits of Pradosham

According to sacred texts, worshipping Lord Shiva and observing Vrat (fasting) on a Pradosham day can bestow you with the following benefits:

• Liberate you from karmic effects and sins
• Fulfill your wishes
• Act as a physical and mental cleansing system
• Spiritual growth and prosperity
• Help attain Moksha or salvation

Mythological Significance of Pradosham

Delving into Hindu mythology, the significance of Pradosham unfolds through a gripping tale. It narrates a celestial event where the Devas (celestial beings) and the Asuras (Demons) undertook the churning of the cosmic ocean of milk in pursuit of Amirtham, the divine nectar of immortality. Mount Meru was used as the churning stick, and Vasuki, the divine serpent, served as the rope.

In the intense process of churning, Vasuki suffered severe abrasions due to the opposite movements, and in agony, it spewed out venom, known as 'Halahala,' contaminating the nectar. The Devas, fearing the venom's potency, turned to Lord Shiva for salvation.

Responding to their entreaties, Lord Shiva, the cosmic preserver, magnanimously consumed the venom to protect them. However, Goddess Parvati, his consort, fearing for his life, swiftly clasped his throat to prevent the venom from entering his stomach. The venom left a lasting mark, turning Shiva's throat blue, thus earning him the epithet 'Neelakanta.'

On a Trayodashi, the 13th Moon phase, the Devas realized their transgression and beseeched Lord Shiva for forgiveness. Pleased by their repentance, the Divine Almighty expressed his joy through a spirited dance between the horns of Nandi, his sacred mount. This celestial dance is believed to occur during the Pradosham time, and it is said that Lord Shiva performs this dance every day. Consequently, during Pradosham, Nandi is venerated across Shiva's sacred abodes in Southern India

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