May 02 2019, 17:48
About Pradosha Festival
D K Hari and D K Hema Hari
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Pradosha is a festival that is primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva, and also to Lord Narasimha.
Pradosha is an important day for the devotees of Shiva. It is on this day the popular Pradosha Vrat is undertaken. Pradosha is observed on Trayodashi, the 13th day of both Shukla Paksha, the waxing phase of moon and Krishna Paksha, the waning phase of Moon, every month, in Indian calendar.
This day is thus observed twice every month. This day of Pradosha is observed in a grand manner, across all Shiva temples.
Pradosha means dusk, the evening twilight. The hours before and after the dusk on Pradosha, is the most important period on Pradosha, wherein ardent worship, puja of Shiva is carried out across houses and temples.
Pradosh also means corrupt. In his everyday life, man accumulates many negative karma. Pradosa is an occasion wipe out these Karmas by observing the Pradosha Vrat, dedicated to Bhagavan Shiva and Devi Parvati.
The story of the origin of Samudra Manthan is attached to the popular Samudra Manthan legends.
As per the legend of Samudra Manthan, the pot of immortal nectar, Amrit came out of the Milky Ocean, when the Devas and Asuras, churned the milky ocean with a snake, Vasuki as a rope.
During this churning, along with the pot of immortal nectar, all the good and bad in the Universe were also produced. Poison, the Halahala, also appeared. This Halahala, which represent collective Karma was powerful enough to destroy all lives in the universe. The Devas couldn’t endure the poisonous fumes that were spreading everywhere and took refuge in Shiva.
Lord Shiva in his kindness drank the poison, saving the universe. This is symbolic of Shiva absolving us form the fruits of all our wrong actions on Pradosha day.
Devi Parvati pressed Shiva’s neck, so that the poison stopped in the neck, forming a blue spot.