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As per the Hindu religion, the thirteenth day of every fortnight is celebrated as Pradosh. Pradosh, or the evening time of a day, is the favourite time of Lord Shiva. Observing the Pradosh Vrat is sure to help earn Lord Shiva's blessings. It is said that the Pradosh Vrat is an important way to earn Lord Shiva's blessings in Kali Yuga.
When the Pradosha falls on a Monday, it is called the Soma Pradosha. When it falls on a Tuesday, it is known as Bhauma Pradosha and when it falls on a Saturday, it is called the Shani Pradosha.
Bhauma Pradosh falls on this day, i.e., 6th June, Tuesday. It is a Shukla Paksha Pradosha, which means that it falls on the bright fortnight of the month.
Timings of the Bhauma Pradosha pooja: 7:12 PM to 9:15 PM.
The Pooja Vidhi
People who wish to keep the Bhauma Pradosh Vrat must take bath early in the morning and perform a pooja to Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvati is also worshipped along with Lord Shiva. Bel leaves, rice, flowers, fruits, betel leaves, areca nuts, lit lamps, camphor, etc., are offered to Lord Shiva.
One must visit the nearest temple of Lord Shiva before consuming food and performing the worship in the evening for best results.
This Vrat is sure to please Lord Shiva. You shall be blessed with Moksha after death on performing the Pradosh Vrat. The life you shall lead will be happy, comfortable and free of any kind of sicknesses.
The Pradosha Vrat Katha
Listening to the Pradosha Vrat Katha after the worship of the Lord is considered to be very auspicious. You may consume the prasad of the pooja after the completion of the Pradosha vrat katha.
According to the Skanda Purana, The person who religiously performs the Pradosha Vrat will never have to suffer from the want of money for the next 100 births.
The Pradosha Vrat Katha is as follows:
Once upon a time, there lived a Brahmin lady. The lady was widowed and had a son. One day, the woman and her son went out to beg for alms. As they were passing by a river, they chanced upon a little boy who was alone and abandoned.
The kind lady took the boy with her and raised him as her son. They always suffered from the lack of money, but whatever she had was equally divided among her son and the boy that she had raised as her own.
One day, the woman and her sons had the good fortune to visit a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There, she met the great sage Shandilya. The woman told him about the miseries that she and her sons had to go through. The sage looked at the boy who was raised by the woman and told them that this boy was the son of the King of Vidharbha and was called Dharmagupta.
His mother had been taken due to some kind of an ailment and his father was murdered by people who had usurped his kingdom. The sage advised them to perform the Pradosha Vrat and told them they shall be blessed by Lord Shiva. The woman and her sons preformed the Vrat as prescribed by the sage.
One day, both the boys chanced upon a group of Gandharva Kanyas playing in the river. The Brahmin boy returned from the site immediately; but Dharmagupta stayed. He started chatting with a Gandharva Kanya by the name of Anshumati.
They fell deeply in love. Anshumati was the daughter of the King of Gandharvas. Anshumati took Dharmagupta to meet her father. The king of Gandharvas knew that Dharmagupta was the rightful prince of Vidharbha and let his daughter marry him.
After the marriage, Dharmagupta took the army of Gandharvas and took back his kingdom from the usurpers. Dharmagupta, Anshumati, the Brahmin widow and her son, all lived happily thereafter.