Bhauma Pradosh Vrat
Pradosham when falls on a Tuesday, the pradosha is called Bhauma pradosham and Angaraka Bhagwan (Mars) adds auspiciousness to this vrat. Bhauma vara pradosham removes all negativity and imparts positivity. This pradosham also blesses beauty and great mental stability. Pradosham is an auspicious time period that falls at 4.30PM till 6.00PM around Sunset on 13th lunar day -Trayodashi Tithi. This time period varies based on Sun’s position and geographical location. It is celebrated during both waxing and waning phases. It ideally lasts for about 2 hours and 24 minutes and the duration varies based on the geographical location. The word ‘Pradosham’ translates to “elimination of all doshas – karmic sins”.
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat 2023
Tue , 12th Sep 2023
According to Shiva Purana, Pradosham Vrata awakens the inner self and liberates sins from both past and present incarnations. This auspicious vrata is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi and offers gratitude to Lord Nandhi deva. Observing Pradosham with utmost devotion and faith, fulfills our wishes. Learn mantras to worship Lord Shiva.
Pradosham and Self realization
The purpose of our life is enlightenment or self-realization. Our Vedic seers and Siddhas have devised various pathways to attain this state. However, to get to that state of awareness, we must work through our karma, i.e nullify bad karma and increase good karma for the divine grace to flow through us. When that karmic baggage is wiped clean, an intense state of being or awareness hits us. There is nothing but awareness, no thoughts, no emotions, no physical or energy body- an absolute awareness- the state of Shiva. Pradosham provides an incredible opportunity to get closer to this state, by leveraging a handle on all the accumulated karma of an individual. Regardless of the route or path we choose material or spiritual, we have to eliminate bad karma, learn life lessons to achieve an imperative success.
Origin of Pradosham and SomaSutra Pradhakshina
The origin of Pradhosha kala dates to the period of churning the milky ocean by Devas and Asuras. When the Devas (celestials) and the Asuras (demons) were churning the Kshirasagara-milky ocean to extract Amirtha (Ambrosia-Divine Nectar) using the Serpent king Vasuki, as a rope around the mountain Meru, the serpent spewed Venom (Halala-Halakala) unable to bear the pain. Devas rushed to Lord Shiva for help, to clear up the spewed venom.
At Shiva’s abode Kailash, Devas pleaded Shiva for help. Lord Shiva drank it to save the world. This is the reason why Shiva’s body or particularly the throat is blue in colour giving rise to the holy name, Neelakanda/Neelakant. According to the energy world, this depicts that Lord Shiva’s Visshudhi chakra is so powerful to disintegrate all negative influences. This churning also resulted in the holy pradhakshina or a special type of circumambulating called Somasutra Pradhakshina.
First pray to Nandi or Rishabha Deva (Holy Bull), go anti-clockwise, towards the right side of the Nandi, reach and pray to Lord Chandishkeshwara, do not cross the Gomukhi(the place where the Abhisheka water flows out from the garbagraha- inner sanctum). Now, return in the same way, reach Nandi and from the left side of the Nandi, continue clockwise till Gomukhi (do not to cross it again). Then return in the same path, reach Nandi. This is one pradhakshina. After three circumambulations, worship the Shivalinga in the inner sanctum by viewing through the space between the two horns of the Holy Nandi. This pradhakshina is done only during Pradosha Kala. Another important event of this Pradosham is Abhishekam- Hydration ceremony. Shivalinga in the inner sanctum is bathed with water, Milk, curd, and honey. Later, decorated with holy ash and flowers. Offering these abhishekam materials is said to bring prosperity.
The time during which Lord Shiva is known to have digested the poison and awakened from His drowsy, unsteady state to perform Ananda Thandav (an ecstatic dance of Lord Shiva) on his vehicle Rishabh or Nandi is called Pradosha Kala. This Ananda Thandav blesses all the three lokas and the devotees who pray to him. Because of his ecstatic state of mind, he is very generous with boons.
Pradosham rituals are a great opportunity to build a smooth path to prosperity and joy. It is believed that this day is best celebrated by observing fast or a juice fast or one meal fast. Wake up early, follow yogic routine, meditate, or practice asanas. Wear clean cotton clothes, clean sacred worship spot of the house. Perform Abhishekam- hydration ceremony for the idols at home. Visit the Shiva temple in the evening. Donate food to other devotees, to the poor and needy.
Donating Milk-blesses longevity, Curd – bestows noble children, Ghee and Holy ash (Vibhuthi) – pave way for liberation to the Shiva temple is said multiply the blessings.
Chant “Om Nama Shivaya”, reverberate on this mantra all day to make the most of it.
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat festival dates between 2019 & 2029
Tuesday, 2nd of April
Tuesday, 29th of September
Tuesday, 16th of November
Tuesday, 9th of August
Tuesday, 12th of September
Tuesday, 29th of October
Tuesday, 2nd of December
Tuesday, 8th of September
Tuesday, 12th of October
Tuesday, 14th of November
Tuesday, 18th of December
Tuesday, 1st of January