Pradosh Vrat falls on Trayodashi Tithi and has special significance in Hinduism. It falls on May 13, 2022. Worshipping Shiva during Pradosh Vrat is particularly fruitful and brings prosperity.
Pradosh Vrat May 2022 Date, Story, And Significance
Pradosh Vrat is observed on the Trayodashi Tithi, falling in Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha every month, dedicated to Lord Shiva. In May, Pradosh Vrat will be celebrated on Friday, May 13, 2022. On this day, Lord Shiva is worshiped according to the law. According to the scriptures, it is believed that the person who observes the fast of Lord Shiva with complete devotion and rules, Shiva Bholanath gets happy and fulfills all his wishes.
Pradosh Vrat Story
As per an ancient story, a poor Brahman’s widow lived with her son. The day would be spent asking for alms and food, and the Mother and son barely made a living. Then, one day while begging, the duo came across a charming boy on the banks of a river.
Unaware that the boy was the son of the King of Vidharba, who the enemies killed, the Brahmin widow took the boy to her home. The boy’s name was Dharmagupta, and he was an orphan since his Mother also died soon after her husband’s death.
The Brahmin widow raised the boy just like her own son. Once Sage Shandaliya visited Dev Mandir. The Brahmin widow took both her son and was told by the Sage that the boy was Dharmagupta, the son of the King Of Vidharbha. The Sage also explained the importance of Pradosh fast to both the boys.
A few days later, the boys were hunting in the forest when they came across several Gandharva girls. Prince Dharmagupta was smitten by the beauty of one of the Gandharva girls named Anshumati. He fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. Her father knowing about the background of Prince Dharmagupta, got them both married with the permission of Lord Bholenath.
After marriage, Dharmagupta fought again and formed his army, and gained control over the state. Thus observing the Pradosh Vrat helped Prince Dharmagupta get back his lost kingdom.
Pradosh Vrat Significance
It is believed that on the day of Pradosh Vrat, worshiping Lord Shiva with a sincere heart and reciting the fast story brings prosperity, fame, victory over enemies, and happiness. Therefore, it is auspicious to offer white sandalwood, cannabis, datura, cow’s milk, and Gangajal to Bholenath on this day.