Legend Behind Pradhosham
It was during the time of Samudra Manthan (ocean of milk) when everything submerged under water. Vasuki (the King of Nagas) who served as a churning rope and mount Mandarachala acted as the churning rod. Many things came out of the ocean, among which, Halahal (the lethal poison) was one. This venom could have resulted in the end of the universe. Hence, all the Devas and Ausras who, were trying to churn the ocean pleaded Lord Shiva to save of the universe. Halahal, before causing any harm, was consumed by Lord Shiva on the twelfth Moon day.
On knowing about the poison, Goddess Parvati stopped it from entering Lord Shiva’s body by pressing His neck, which turned the color of the neck became blue. Since then, Lord Shiva is known as Neelkanth.
Post that event, Devas and Asuras got the Amrit along with new life to the universe. They all in the happiness and festivity forgot to thank Lord Shiva. But 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. That time is called Pradhosham. Whoever, prays Lord Shiva in that time, Lord Shiva fulfills their wishes and give them attains salvation.
Another myth associated to Pradosha Vratham is that of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that on the day of Trayodashi, during the time of dusk, the couple is in a very happy and favorable mood. Hence, if you offer your prayers with full devotion and sincerity, all your wishes come true.
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