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 mukthi.
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.
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.