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What is Pradosham?

Pradosham is an auspicious 3-hour period, 1.5 hours before and after the sunset, and is celebrated bi-monthly on the 13th day of every fortnight. ‘Pradosham’ literally means ‘removal of sins’ and hence, this time window grants the opportunity to remove your karma or karmic energies that limit your potential in your current life.

The time between 4.30 PM and 6.00 PM is observed as Pradosham. The smaller energy level Pradosham occurs every day during this time window. Middle energy level Pradosham occurs twice a month on the 13th day after a New Moon and a Full Moon. Larger energy level Pradosham occurs when one of the 13th moon days falls on a Saturday.

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Types of Pradosham

Surya Pradosham

A Pradosham falling on a Sunday is called as Surya Pradosham. The Sun is your soul and your inner strength. Surya Pradosham rituals can provide a great opportunity to build a road to prosperity and true happiness

Soma Pradosham

When a Pradosham (13th lunar day) falls on a Monday, it is called as Soma Pradosham (‘Soma’ means Moon, the ruler of Monday). Soma Pradosham is effective for clearing afflictions of the Moon that can cause mental anguish and can reduce the karma accumulated over eons of birth

Runa Vimochana Pradosham

A Pradosham falling on a Tuesday is called as Runa Vimochana Pradosham. It has the special quality of dissolving negative debt karma. The debt-clearing, benevolent energies released during Runa Vimochana Pradosham can clean up a financial mess and help you find a positive way forward

Wednesday Pradosham

Worshipping Shiva on this day can shrink the negative karma that is blocking your spiritual growth and prosperity

Guru Pradosham

Pradosham on a Thursday is called as Guru Pradosham (Guru, being the other name of Jupiter, the ruling planet of Thursday). This Pradosham window can clear previous karma that blocks you from getting your Guru’s blessings and offer you a chance to open yourself to fresh teachings or lessons from teachers, mentors, or wise persons

Aishwarya Pradosham

The 13th Moon falling on a Friday is called as Aishwarya Pradosham (since Venus, the ruling planet of Friday is overruled by Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth). This Pradosham gives you an opportunity to change your financial destiny. Vedic texts say that 13th Moon Pradosham can help to clear negative vibrations and bring progressive change in your life

Sani Pradosham

The 13th Moon that falls on a Saturday is called Sani Pradosham (Sani means Saturn) and it is special, because according to mythology, the original Pradosham occurred on a Saturday. As Saturn is the planet of karma, worshipping Lord Shiva, the master of Saturn, on Sani Pradosham can add to its immense blessings

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Benefits of Pradosham

According to sacred texts, worshipping Lord Shiva and observing Vrat (fasting) on a Pradosham day can bestow you with the following benefits:

  • Liberate you from karmic effects and sins
  • Fulfill your wishes
  • Act as a physical and mental cleansing system
  • Spiritual growth and prosperity
  • Help attain Moksha or salvation
Energy Vortexes for Karma Removal

Dr. Pillai recommends two powerful energy vortexes of Lord Shiva to perform Pradosham rituals on every Pradosham (13th lunar day) and get relief from the karmic burden in your life.

Makaral Powerspot
Makaral Powerspot

A powerful karma-removal vortex, identified by Dr. Pillai, which has the energy to remove karma very fast. This is a special vortex where Lord Shiva appeared as a golden lizard and the Powerspot tower holds statues depicting that story. The image of the Shiva Lingam is peculiar at this Powerspot. Rather than rounded at the top, it is pointed upward like a lizard tail or a sword blade.

Kurungaleeswarar Powerspot
Kurungaleeswarar Powerspot

This special Powerspot at Chennai, Tamil Nadu is the first Powerspot, where Pradosham rituals are believed to have begun. The Shiva Lingam at this Powerspot is very small, similar to an inverted earthen lamp. According to mythology, Lava and Kucha, the two sons of Rama made this Lingam to seek relief from the curse of fighting against their father Rama.

Cosmic ocean of milk for Amirtham
Shiva drank the venom
Shiva on horns of Nandi
Mythological Significance of Pradosham

According to legend, the Devas (celestial beings) and the Asuras (Demons) churned the cosmic ocean of milk for Amirtham (nectar) using Mount Meru as the stick and Vasuki snake as the rope. Upon severe movement in opposite directions, the divine snake suffered extreme abrasions and spat out “Halahala” venom into the nectar. The Devas were afraid to go near it and cried out for help to Lord Shiva.

Shiva, the ultimate preserver of the universe, pleased with their prayers drank the venom to save them. Goddess Parvati, his consort was afraid that it might kill Lord Shiva and held his throat to prevent the venom from going down to his stomach. The venom turned his throat blue and since then, Shiva is also being called as “Neelakanta”.

On a Trayodashi (13th Moon phase), the Devas realized their sin and pleaded Lord Shiva for forgiveness. This delighted him and the Divine Almighty danced with joy in between the horns of Nandi, his mount. It is believed that he performed this dance during the Pradosham time and that he does it every day. Hence, during Pradosham, Nandi is also worshipped in all the Shiva Powerspots across South India.