Pradosh Vrat is an auspicious festival of the Hindu calendar essentially celebrated to honour Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Besides other rituals, Pradosh Vrat is specifically a fasting ritual performed and dedicated to the two deities. Mainly observed by the devotees of Lord Shiva, the festival or the fasting ritual can be performed by any person regardless of their age and gender.
As we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the dates, calendar and guide to spending Pradosh Vrat in the year 2022.
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Pradosh Vrat 2022 date and time list
Pradosh Vrat is an important Hindu festival celebrated on the Trayodashi tithi of Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha, which occur twice in each Hindu calendar month.
Pradosh Vrat for the year 2022 will be observed on 14 February 2022, Monday. The word ‘Pradosh’ in Hindi refers to the evening time around sunset, and hence, Pradosh Vrat is observed during the evening hours.
The tithi to observe the fast will start at 6:42 PM on 13 February 2022 and will last till 8:28 PM on 14 February 2022. The shubh muhurta (auspicious moment) for puja will last from 6:18 PM to 08:51 PM on 14 February 2022.
What is the significance of Pradosh Vrat?
Pradosh Vrat is an important Hindu festival and is mainly celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva. The festival is essentially observed to honour Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The word ‘Pradosh’ signifies ‘first part of the night or evening time’, and the term ‘Vrat’ denotes ‘fasting’. Hence, the devotees celebrating Pradosh Vrat dedicate their ‘Vrat’ to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Pradosh Vrat is a significant occasion in Shiva temples and has gained admiring popularity across all the Shiva temples. Some of the Pradosh Puja highlights in the Shiva temples include Abhishekam to Lord Shiva, and Nandi (sacred bull) idols, a procession of Lord Shiva mounted on Nandi around the temple premises and temple chanting and singing.
Pradosh Vrat fasting rituals
The Skanda Purana (Hindu religious texts) states that anyone who observes the idolised fast during Pradosh Vrat with dedication and faith will be blessed with joy, wealth, happiness and overall wellbeing. It is also said that devotees who observe the fast diligently are freed from all sins and blessed with good fortune.
According to the Skanda Purana (Hindu religious texts), fasting rituals during Pradosh Vrat can be performed in two ways. The first method involves devotees observing a fast throughout the day, for 24 hours, besides keeping vigil at night. In this method, the devotees can break their fast the following day only after performing Shiv Puja and offering their freshly cooked food to Lord Shiva.
The second method involves the devotees observing a fast between sunrise and sunset. In the second method, the devotees can break their fast or ‘vrat’ after worshipping Lord Shiva in the evening.