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Pradhosha pooja is one of the most important among the poojas
performed to the Graceful Lord Shiva. In Shukla Paksha (15 moon days
from New moon to Full moon) and Krishna Paksha (15 moon days from Full
moon to New moon) the evening of the trayodasi (thirteenth moon day)
between 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. is called Pradhosha. It comes once in
fifteen moon days. Pradhosha time is especially meant for praying Lord
Shiva. Praying in that time will free us from out sins and gives
moksha finally (hence the name Pradhosha). During pradoSha time a special type of circumambulating called soma sUtra pradaxiNam(1) is done.
Once Dhevas and Asuras using the serpent Vasuki and the hill Mandhara
were trying to get Amrutham (nector) from the Kseerabthi (milk ocean).
Then the terrible poison Halahalam came up. All got frightened and
pleaded to Lord Shiva for rescue. Being the peak of mercy Lord Shiva
ate that poison. Then as per His order they resumed their effort to
get Amrutham. They got it on Dhwadhasi (twelfth moon day). Without
praying and thanking the God, by whom they got Amrutham, Devas started
dancing and celebrating their victory.
On thrayodhasi (thirteenth moon day) they realised their sin
of not praying the God and pleaded for forgiveness. The pleased
graceful Lord Shiva forgave them and danced between the horns of the
Nandhi (holy bull). That time is called Pradhosham. Whoever prays Lord
Shiva in that time, Lord Shiva fulfills their wishes and give them
During Prodhosha time anointing (Abhishekam) the Shiva deity
with the following is considered fruitful.
Milk gives long life
Ghee gives Moksha state
Curd gives good children
Honey gives melodious voice
Rice powder frees from debts
Sugar cane juice gives good health
Panjamrutham gives wealth
Lemon removes fear of death
Sugar removes enmity
Tender coconut gives enjoyment
Cooked Rice(Annam) gives mejestic life
Sandal gives Lakshmi's grace
Anoint the Lord Shiva with Love, He would give Himself !!
Bilvam and flowers can be given for Shiva pooja. Please go to
Shiva temple for every Pradhosham and live in His grace blissfully.
shivAya namaOm bhavAya namaH
bhavAya namaOm namaH shivAya
1. soma sUtra pradaxiNam
2. pradhOsha pUja - in Tamil script
3. pradhOsham calendar for this year
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