Pradoash Vrata (For the fulfillment of wishes and blessings of Lord Shiva)
There are 7 types of Pradoash Vratas
Ravi Pradoash For the attainment of prosperity, good health and longevity.
Som Pradoash Fulfilment of wishes and attainment of auspicious results.
Mangal Pradoash Attainment of good health, eradication of sins and diseases.
Budh Pradoash Fulfilment of wishes and eradication of troubles.
Guru Pradoash : Destruction of enemies and accomplishment of troubles.
Shukra Pradoash Love, art, glamour, conjugal felicitation, prosperity and welfare.
Shani Pradoash : Eradication of poverty, desired offspring.
Method This fast is observed on the Shukla Trayodashi of every month. The day on which this Trayodashi falls would decide that this is which one out of the above mentioned 7 Pradoash Vratas. On this day do not have food. In the morning after having bath worship Lord Shiva and Parvati. In the evening have bath again worship Shivlinga, Shiv-Parvati and perform their Shodashopchar Puja. Chant 17 rosaries of Shiv Panchakshari Mantra i.e., "Om Namah Shivay", Offer seasonal fruits to Lord Shiva. After performing Puja read Pradoash Vrata Katha. Offer food, gifts and money to Brahmins.