Shani Pradosh Vrat 2021: date, time, shubh muhurat, puja vidhi and meaning | all you need to know
Shani Pradosh Vrat is an auspicious holiday in Hinduism and is celebrated to seek blessings from Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu calendar, the Pradosh fast takes place on Titihi Trayodashi (thirteenth day of the lunar fortnight) each month. Since the first Pradosh fast of the month of Bhadrapada is observed on Saturday, it is called the Shani Pradosh fast.
This holy day holds special significance for the followers of Lord Shiva and they observe a one day fast called Pradosh Vrat and the puja is performed after sunset during Pradosh Kaal.
Two Pradosh fasts are observed each month, one in Krishna Paksha and the other in Shukla Paksha. At present, the Krishna Paksha of the month Bhadrapada of the Hindu calendar is in effect. The name of the Pradosh vrat changes depending on the day with which it coincides.
Shani Pradosh Vrat 2021: date and time
Shani Pradosh Vrat is observed across the country on September 4, 2021. According to Hindu Panchang, the Trayodashi Tithi month of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada begins at 8:24 am on Saturday and will end the next day, September 5, at 8:24 am.
Shani Pradosh Vrat 2021: Shubh Muhurat
The Shubh Muhurat for the performance of Trayodashi Tithi puja takes place between 6:39 pm and 8:56 pm on Saturdays. According to the Panchang, a two hour and 16 minute muhurat will be available for the worship of Shani Pradosh today and people observing the fast are to worship Lord Shiva between 6:39 pm and 8:56 pm today.
According to the rules, devotees must perform the prayers of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati during the Shani Pradosh Muhurat. It is believed that Lord Mahadev will bless the faithful with health, contentment, long life, wealth and good luck.
Shani Pradosh Vrat 2021: Puja Vidhi
People observe a one-day fast and take a bath in the morning and worship Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati during the Pradosh fast. They vow to serve Lord Shiva by performing pujas and rituals. The devotional space is cleaned before placing the idols of the deities.
Devotees offer Gangajal to Lord Shiva and chant Shiva mantras and also offer “Bhang” to Lord Bholenath in the evening with dhatura, belpatra, akshat, incense, fruits, flowers and kheer. Singing Shiv Chalisa and Shivashtak is a must and it is believed that this day will bring joy and richness.
Shani Pradosh Vrat 2021: importance
The devotees of Lord Shiva celebrate his victory over demons and pay him rich homage by keeping a vrat on the Trayodashi Tithi. The day is important because on this day Lord Mahadev with his mount (vahana) and Nandi (bull) defeated Asuras and Danavas, which caused enormous destruction.
During Pradosh Kaal, the Devas visited Kailash, the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva, to ask for help, after which Bholenath fought a battle and ended the cruelty of the Asura. Since then, devotees observe a vrat and perform a puja to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and pray for a peaceful, joyful and prosperous life.
It is also believed that those who fast in Shani Pradosh receive the blessings of Shakti and Shiva and are blessed with a child. Many astrologers also recommend the Shani Pradosh fast for couples without children.
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