Ayodhya  : The sacred month of Magh holds profound significance in Hinduism, and within its folds, the Amavasya of Krishna Paksha is hailed as Maghi Amavasya or Mauni Amavasya. This year, the auspicious Mauni Amavasya falls on the 9th of February, marking a celestial alignment that astrologers hold in high regard. An integral part of this day involves taking a holy dip in any sacred river, followed by acts of charity, believed to usher in auspicious outcomes.

Silent Communion: Maun Vrat on Mauni Amavasya

An intriguing tradition associated with Mauni Amavasya is the observance of Maun Vrat or the vow of silence. Though maintaining silence throughout the day might pose a challenge for many, Pandit Pradeep Lakheda from Chamoli, Uttarakhand suggests that breaking the silence after performing the prescribed puja is an acceptable practice. According to the Rishikesh Panchang, Mauni Amavasya commences on the 9th of February at 7:42 am and concludes on the following day at 4:52 am. However, the bathing ritual is performed on the same day due to the presence of Udaya Tithi.

Purification of Body and Soul: Rituals for Mauni Amavasya

The significance of Mauni Amavasya extends beyond the physical realm, delving into the purification of both body and soul. By engaging in acts of charity and taking a dip in holy rivers, adherents believe they cleanse themselves spiritually. Fasting on this day is also considered auspicious, yielding positive results. Furthermore, reciting the mantra “Om Adya-Bhootaay Vidmahe Sarva-Sevaya Dhimahi. Shiv-Shakti-Swaroopen Pitru-Dev Prachodayat” 108 times is believed to grant freedom from Pitra Dosh and alleviate various problems.

Sun Salutation: Offering Water to the Sun God

Pandit Pradeep Lakheda advises offering water to the Sun God on Mauni Amavasya, a practice deeply rooted in Hindu traditions. This ritual is not only considered auspicious but is believed to provide relief from Pitra Dosh. The Sun, a symbol of vitality and energy, is revered on this day, and this act of devotion is seen as a way to align oneself with divine energies.

Prohibited Activities on Mauni Amavasya

As with many sacred occasions, Mauni Amavasya comes with its set of prohibitions. Devotees are advised against activities such as consuming meat and liquor, telling lies, and indulging in excessive sleep. These restrictions are meant to create a conducive environment for spiritual reflection and adherence to the sanctity of the day.

In conclusion, Mauni Amavasya beckons individuals to embark on a spiritual journey, seeking purification and relief from Pitra Dosh. The rituals associated with this day are not merely traditions but pathways to connect with the divine. As we embrace the sacredness of Mauni Amavasya, let us partake in these rituals with sincerity and devotion, opening ourselves to the profound spiritual energies that abound on this celestial day.


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