Pradosham dates in Year 2018
PradoshamPradosham is very auspicious day for hindus. People worship Lord Shiva and Nandi (Shiva's scared bull). Pradosham comes twice in a month of hindu calendar. Pradosham falls on thirteenth day of every fortnight in hindu calendar. The pradosham that comes after amavasai (new moon day) is called Sukhla Paksha Pradosham. It falls on bright phase of the month in hindu calendar. The pradosham that comes after pournami (full moon day) is called Krishna Paksha Pradosham since it falls on dark phase. The idol time of 3 hour period, 1.5 hours before and after the sunset is one of the optimum time for worship of Lord Shiva. People who undergo fasting, worship God on this day will be relieved from all doshas, hence the name 'pradosham'.
Pradosham falling on saturday is called 'Sani Pradosham'. Sani pradosham is considered to be very important among other pradoshams. 'Krishna Paksha' Pradosham that falls on saturday is very auspicious pradosham and it is called as 'Maha Pradosham'. Pradoshams that comes in the months of chitirai (mid-april to mid-may), vaigasi (mid-may to mid-june), aippasi (mid-october to mid-november), and karthigai (mid-november to mid-december) are considered to be very significant. During the period of pradosham, abisekha will be done to Lord Shiva and Nandi. Devotees who undergo fasting, worship god and do all rituals will be relieved from doshas and he will be blessed with happy life.