Sunday, February 3, 2019

Mauni Amavasya 2019- A Special “Silent” Fast

Amazing coincidence after years! Worshipping by remaining silent or Maun on Magh Amavasya will prosper you with better results!

In Hindu Panchang, the special Amavasya falling during the Krishna Paksha in the month of Magh is called as Magh Amavasya or Mauni Amavasya. It is believed that on this special date, if someone takes a bath in any holy river or reservoir, then he becomes lucky and fortunate. According to religious Gurus or teachers, Mauni has been originated from the word "Muni". That's why it is believed that the level of Muni or saint is attained by keeping the Maun fast. The most important event during the Krishna Paksha of Magh month is also Amavasya, which is why bathing and donating on this special day holds high importance.

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Magh Amavasya Muhurat, New Delhi, India
2019 Magh Amavasya: 4 February 2019 (Monday)
Amavasya starting from 23:53:56 on February 3, 2019
Amavasya ending at  02:34:50 on February 5, 2019

Magh Amavasya i.e. Mauni Amavasya is falling on 4th February 2019. On this day, the third Shahi Snan will also be organized in Kumbh, because on the auspicious day of Magha Amavasya, bathing in a holy Sangam has its own special significance.

Importance of Mauni Amavasya

According to old beliefs, Lord Manu was born on this day. According to astro experts, those who are unable to fast on this day should only eat sweetened food. As it is clear from the name, people keep fast by staying silent the whole day. On this day, bathing in holy reservoirs & rivers and offering libation or Tarpan to ancestors brings peace to them. 

It is believed that Vak-Siddhi (वाक्य सिद्धि) or strong power on speech is attained by fasting on this day. Accordingly, it goes by the name of Gungi (Mute) Amavasya at few places. Some devotees remain silent before taking the bath, and few else receive the fruits by fasting the whole day while remaining silent. There is a significant role of offering Arghya to Lord Sun as few scholars believe that poverty in the house will be removed by doing such activity on this day. 

Mauni Amavasya Fast and Religious Work

The date of Amavasya has always been important in Hinduism. In such a case, rituals are followed to perform religious tasks on the day of Magh Amavasya. These are as follows:

  • On the day of Mauni Amavasya, take a bath in the morning, wear clean clothes and worship. By doing so, peace resides within the house.
  • On this day, bathing in a holy river, holy pool or during a pilgrimage proves to be beneficial. 
  • Bathing and offering water to Lord Sun provide salvation and peace to the ancestors.
  • There is also a special significance of keeping Maun Fast on the day of Maun Amavasya. It is believed that if one fasts on this day, the fruits will always be favourable.
  • On this day, it is auspicious to feed the poor and Brahmins.
  • On this day, feed food to 9 girls at home and also donate something to them. By doing this, good results are obtained.
  • On this day, offer water or milk to your ancestors. If you mix black sesame seeds and a spoon of pure Desi Ghee or honey in milk, it will be very good. 
  • It is also auspicious to donate grains, warm clothes, sesame seeds, amla or Indian gooseberry, blankets, beds, ghee, honey and food to the cow in the cowshed.
  • In the morning, feed chapatis made from the fresh dough to the cow before eating anything. Also feed a black dog on this day.

Precautions On Magh Amavasya

  • The night of Amavasya is dark, and inauspicious activities, ghosts, paranormal spirits etc become highly active. That's why we should avoid going to deserted places or around cemeteries during the night of Amavasya. 
  • As per the beliefs, soul of the ancestors and dead people become active on this day. Therefore, hearing voices from behind and seeing an invisible black shadow can be a big demerit. In such a situation, keep the children in front of your eyes and do not let them go out alone.
  • After bathing early in the morning on Amavasya, offer water to Lord Sun, as it is considered inauspicious to sleep late on this day.
  • Do not disobey people coming to your home on this day, and avoid any fight within the home. 
  • Avoid cooking tamasic food on this day. It is believed that ghosts can enter the house due to the usage of tamasic ingredients such as garlic. Also, avoid drinking alcohol on this day.
  • The couple should avoid getting intimate on the day of Amavasya. It is believed that the child born on this day remains under the malefic light and suffers from hindered mental development in comparison to the normal child
  • Do not send children to any relative's home on this day. 

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