Mauni Amavasya vrat is observed today i.e. 20th January, 2015. As per the traditional Hindu calendar, Mauni Amavasya falls on the 15th day of Krishna Paksha of the Magha month. Hence, it is also known as Maghi Amavasya. It is the last Amavasya before Maha Shivaratri.
Significance of Mauni Amavasya:
The name “Mauni Amavasya” originates from the word “Muni” or ascetic who practices meditation in silence. It is believed that the waters of Ganga turn into nectar on this day. Hence, several devotees take a holy dip in the river. Mauni Amavasya is also the most important day to take a dip in the Ganges during the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad.
As the name suggests, devotees spend the entire day in silence and focus on their inner self. It is also a day of fasting. The combination of fasting and reflection on inner self helps one to calm his mind and experience spiritual bliss. Hence, one gets closer to God by observing the Mauni Amavasya vrat.
Apart from fasting and maintaining silence, devotees spend the day worshipping Lord Vishnu. It is also believed that one can get relief from Pitra Dosha by offering tarpan to ancestors on this day. Few benevolent devotees donate clothes, money and food to the poor and needy on this day.
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