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Interesting Facts about Pradosh Vrat and Narada Jayanti in Hinduism- by Dr Bharti Raizada

Narada found Vishnu in his viraat swarupa form Source: media

Pradosh Vrat

Pradosh vrat is done twice in a lunar month on the 13th day, or tryodashi, of both shukla and krishn paksh.  The word pradosh means dusk or sandhyakaal. Prayers are offered to Bhagwan Shiv and Devi Parvati. Devotees read kathas from Scand Puran and chant Mahamrityunjya mantr 108 times. Devotees get health, wealth, knowledge, wisdom, positive thinking, peace, children, happiness, and prosperity. Devotees also get rid of their past sins.

If pradosh vrat falls on Monday then it is called Som Pradosh Vrat. If it is on Tuesday then it is called Bhaum Pradosh Vrat. Saumya Vaar Pradosh Vrat is on Wednesday, Guruvaar on Thursday, Brighu on Friday, Shanni on Saturday, and Bhanu on Sunday

2017 Pradosh Vrat dates are:

January 10 and 25, February 8 and 24, March 10 and 25, April 8 and 24, May 8 and 23, June 6 and 21, July 6 and 21, August 4 and 19, September 3 and 17, October 3 and 17, November 1 and 15, December 1, 15, and 30


Narada Jayanti

Devrishi Narad Muni was born from mind energy of Bhrama and therefore is called the Manas Putr of Brahma. Narad Jayanti is  celebrated in krishn paksh of the vaishak month on the  day after Vaishakh poornima. 

This year it is on May 11th. His Jayanti is celebrated as Patrakar Divas in India. He is devotee of Bhagwan Vishnu and keeps chanting Narayan Narayan. He has Mahathi Veena and Khartal in his hands and is the leader of Gandharvs.

He has the ability to go in all the three loks i.e. Prithvi, Akaash, and Patal. He is also called Trikal Vedi as he knows the past, present, and future at the same time. He takes/ gives information from/ to Rishis, Devtas, Devis, and Bhagwan.

He helped Dhruv and Hirankshyap’s wife Kayadhu. Dhruv and Prahlad, Kayadhu’s son, became great devotees of Bhagwan Vishnu. He played an important role in the writing of the Ramayan by Rishi Valmiki and Sreemad Bhagwatam by Rishi Ved Vyas.

Narad Bhakti Sutra, Narad Purana, Narad Pancaratra, Narad smriti or Narad Dharmashastra are some of the hindu texts associated with Devrishi Narad. His temple is in Korva or Naradgaadhe near Raichur and Chigateri near Davanagere in Karnataka.

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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.