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Maha Shivratri Pradosh Vrat – 13 February 2018

Maha Shivratri and Pradosh Vrat – 13 February 2018

The 13th of February 2018, Tuesday, accounts for two of the Hindu holy sacred event and festival, namely, Pradosh Vrat and Maha Shivratri, respectively. Pradosh Vrat is not regarded a holiday in India. Maha Shivratri is a gazetted holiday in India, but many of the private sector offices remain functional or have a short-early work day. Almost all of the Government offices, PSUs, many schools etc remain closed. Almost all of the Government offices, PSUs, many schools etc remain closed. Both the occasions are marked in tribute to Lord Shiva.

The dates of both Pradosh Vrat and Maha Shivratri are determined per the Hindu lunar calendar. That is, Pradosh Vrat per the Hindu lunar month, falls on the Trayodashi Tithi (Trayodashi means the 13th day, and Tithi is the lunar day in the lunar Hindu calendar, therefore, the 13th lunar day), during Shukla Paksha (in the phenomena of waxing (ascending) moon, fortnight). 

Maha Shivratri date-day is also determined per the Hindu lunar calendar which falls on the Chaturdashi (14th lunar day) of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha). The event and fasting starts on the auspicious night of the 13th of February in 2018 and remains through the 14th day. Chaturdashi is a Sanskrit mathematics number, meaning, Chatur – four, dashi (or dasi) means 10, i.e., 4 + 10 = 14; likewise, Trayodashi – ‘Trayo’ means 3 and dashi – 10, ∴, 3 + 10 = 13.

Pradosh Vrat (fasting) is observed by mostly devotees of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. ‘Pradosh’ relates to the time per the Hindu calendar, i.e., twice a month, 13th lunar day of every fortnight, of both Shukla Paksha or Krishna Paksha. ‘Vrat’ means fasting. 

The dates for Pradosh Vrat, ex-Delhi for 2018 are—

(Please verify the date-time per your location towards the ‘fast’ and ‘Puja’ (prayer ceremony) timing)

1. 14th of January, Sunday

2. 29th of January, Monday

3. 13th of February, Tuesday

4. 28th of February, Wednesday

5. 15th of March, Thursday

6. 29th of March, Thursday

7. 14th of April, Saturday

8. 28th of April, Saturday

9. 13th of May, Sunday

10. 27th of May, Sunday

11. 11th of June, Monday

12. 25th of June, Monday

13. 10th of July, Tuesday

14. 24th of July, Tuesday

15. 9th of August, Thursday

16. 23rd of August, Thursday

17. 7th of September, Friday

18. 22nd of September, Saturday

19. 6th of October, Saturday

20. 22nd of October, Monday

21. 5th of November, Monday

22. 20th of November, Tuesday

23. 4th of December, Tuesday

24. 20th of December, Thursday

Maha Shivratri is also regarded as the birthday of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri literally means a night dedicated and devoted to Lord Shiva. ‘Maha’ means big or mega and ‘Ratri’ means night. In addition to the once a year Maha Shivratri festivity, a day (event) every month is dedicated in remembrance-worship of Lord Shiva, called Masik Shivratri. ‘Masik’ means monthly. Again, like Maha Shivratri, the Masik Shivratri  date is determined per the Hindu lunar calendar, as per the Chaturthi Tithi (4th lunar day) of the Krishna Paksha (waning moon phase) as explained in the earlier blog ‘Masik Shivratri’ dated 13th of January 2018 at site www.yesicanchange.com .

The dates for Maha Shivratri, ex-Delhi for the subsequent ten years are—

1. 2019       4th of March, Monday

2. 2020       21st of February, Friday

3. 2021       11th of March, Thursday

4. 2022       1st of March, Tuesday

5. 2023       18th of March, Saturday

6. 2024       8th of March, Friday

7. 2025       26th of February, Wednesday

8. 2026       15th of February, Sunday

9. 2027       6th of March, Saturday

10. 2028       23rd of February, Wednesday

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Date Published : 12 Feb 2018
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