Today, 5 July 2013 is Pradosha Vrata, Pradosham Shiva Pooja. As it falls on Friday, it is also referred to as Shukra Pradosha Vrata.
It falls on Trayodashi in Krishna Paksha in Ashada Month in Hindu calendars followed in North Indian states and in Jyeshta Month as per Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Goa and Andhra Pradesh calendars.
It falls in Aani Masam in Tamil calendar, Midhuna Masam in Malayalam Panchangam and Ashar Month in Bengali Panjika.
Shukra Graha Shanti / Shukra Dosha Nivarana Homam are performed by some devotees on Shukra Pradosh Vrat.
Pradosh Puja time is 4.30 to 6’0 clock in the evening. Pradosha Astakam is an auspicious prayer chanted during Pradosh Shiv Pujan.