New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The second Pradosh fast of the month of Vaishakh is on Tuesday (today), May 5. This time due to the Pradosh fast falling on Tuesday, it is called Bhauma Pradosh or Mangal Pradosh fast. According to the Hindu calendar, Pradosh Vrat occurs twice every month, one in Krishna Paksha and one in Shukla Paksha. This fast is observed on Trayodashi date and according to Hindu beliefs, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were worshipped.

According to the scriptures, keeping the Bhauma Pradosh fast gives a virtuous result like giving a very meaningful and big donation. It is also believed that if a person observe fast on this day and worships Lord Shiva, gets his grace and all the blessings of Bholenath. The devotee keeping this fast moves on the path of salvation. Fasting on this day provides relief from diseases and health benefits and all the wishes of the seeker are likely to be fulfilled.

Benefits of Pradosh Vrat

Lord Shiva is pleased by fasting Pradosh and fulfills all wishes. With the grace of Lord Shiva, one gets rid of all kinds of sufferings and sorrows.

Bhauma Pradosh Vrat Katha

According to the Skanda Purana, in ancient times, a widowed Brahmini used to take alms with her son and return in the evening. One day when she was returning with alms, she saw a beautiful boy on the banks of the river, who was the prince of Vidarbha Dharmagupta. Enemies had killed his father and annexed his kingdom. The Brahmin adopted the child and raised him.

After some time, Brahmin along with both the children went to Dev temple from Devyoga. There he met the sage Shandilya. Rishi Shandilya told Brahmani that the child they have got is the son of the king of Vidarbhashya who was killed in the war. Rishi Shandilya advised Brahmani to perform Pradosh fast. With the sage's orders, both the boys also started Pradosh fast.

One day both the boys were walking in the forest when they saw some Gandharva girls. The Brahmin child returned home but Prince Dharmagupta started talking to a Gandharva girl named "Anshumati". Gandharva Kanya and Rajkumar become fascinated on each other, Kanya calls Rajkumar to introduce his father to get married. The next day when he again came to meet Gandharva Kanya, Gandharva Kanya's father told that he is the prince of Vidarbha country. On the orders of Lord Shiva, Gandharvaraja got his daughter married to Prince Dharmagupta.

After this, Prince Dharmagupta with the help of Gandharva army regained Vidarbha country. All this was the result of the Brahmin and prince Dharmagupta's Pradosh fast. According to Skandpuran, a devotee who hears or recites the story of Pradosh fast after Shivpuja on the day of Pradosh Vrat never suffers impoverishment for a hundred births.

Posted By: Talib Khan