Guru Pradosh Vrat today
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Lord Shiva devotees shall observe the Margashirsha, Krishna Paksha, Trayodashi Pradosh Vrat today. And since this Lunar cycle's Pradosh Vrat has concurred with Thursday (Guruwar), it will be known as Guru Pradosh. So devotees would keep a fast and perform puja during Pradosh Kaal (the time before and after sunset).
Significance of Pradosh Vrat
Devotees celebrate Lord Shiva's triumph over the asuras (demons) and pay tribute to him by observing a fast on the Trayodashi Tithi.
The Trayodashi Tithi is important because Mahadeva defeated the Asuras and Danavas, who caused massive destruction and threatened creation.
A legend establishes the significance of the Pradosh Vrat. According to one ancient Indian text, Lord Shiva and his mount (vahana), Nandi (the bull), saved the Devas from the demons.
The Devas headed to Kailash (Lord Shiva's heavenly abode) during Pradosh Kaal to seek help. Therefore, Lord Shiva and Nandi fought a battle and defeated the Asuras to end their cruelty. Subsequently, peace was restored.
Hence, devotees observe a vrat on Trayodashi Tithi and perform puja during Pradosh Kaal to seek Lord Shiva's blessings and pray for a trouble-free, peaceful, joyful and prosperous life.
Pradosh Vrat Puja Shubh Muhurat
The auspicious time to perform the Shiva Puja is between 5:24 PM to 8:07 PM.
Pradosh Vrat Shiva Puja Vidhi
Devotees customarily perform the Shodashopchara Puja, which includes sixteen steps.
Here's how you must do the Puja:
1. Dhyana - Meditate to channelise your inner energies.
2. Asana: Respectfully place Lord Shiva's idol/ Shiva Linga on a chowki (a wooden platform) covered with a new piece of white cloth or on the altar. Light an earthen/brass lamp with sesame oil/mustard oil/cow ghee.
3. Padya - Offer water to the Lord's feet.
4. Arghya - Offer water to the Lord.
5. Achaman - Pour some water with the Udrani (traditional spoon) on your right palm and drink it. Then rinse your hand.
6. Snana - Spray some water on the deity. You may perform Abhishek. Use water, raw milk, Gangajal, honey, curd, ghee etc., for doing the Abhishek only if the idol is made of metal or a Shiva Linga). Gently dab the idol with a piece of fresh cloth.
7. Vastra - Offer a new piece of white fabric or kalava to the deity.
8. Yagnopaveeth - Offer the sacred Janeu and Akshat to the Lord
9. Gandha - Offer Chandan paste or natural perfume
10. Pushpa - Offer Datura flowers, Vilva leaves (Bel Patra) etc
11. Dhoop - Offer incense sticks and dhoop
12. Deep - Offer an oil lamp (You may now read the vrat katha shared below)
13. Naivedhya - Offer bhog to God. (Fruits or any sattvic recipe that you have prepared will be good enough. You may also offer the Tamboolam, consisting of paan, supari, one brown coconut, Dakshina, banana and/or some fruits)
14. Pradakshina or Parikrama/ circumambulate - stand up on your feet and turn around from your right.
15. Offer your salutations while performing the Aarti. (Salutes with an ignited camphor/Kapur)
16. Pushpanjali - Offer flowers, followed by prayers and a pranam and thus conclude the puja.