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What is Mauni Amavasya 2021: Mauni Amavasya Meaning, Date, Time

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Mauni Amavasya in 2021 is on February 11, 2021 (Thursday). Amavasya is the No Moon or New Moon day. ‘Mauni’ comes from the Sanskrit word Mauna, meaning silence or absolute silence. The Mauni Amavasya is a unique way of observing Amavasya by abstaining from speaking, maintaining complete silence, or Maun Vrat. Amavasya is the No Moon or NewMoon day. ‘Mauni’ comes from the Sanskrit word Mauna, meaning silence or absolute silence. It is the time when the Hindus fast by keeping silent or, in other words, restrain their mind from darting about in thoughts that are expressed through words. Mauni Amavasya is the last Amavasya before Mahashivratri and is considered the most important Amavasya. It is considered an important day for Sadhus and Sadhaks who observe Mauni Amavasya strictly. Amavasya, a Sanskrit word, is made of ‘Ama’ meaning ‘together’ and vasya meaning ‘to live’. It means ‘to live or dwell together’. Therefore Mauni Amavasya means to co-exist with absolute silence. With whom? With the mind. It is to co-exist with the ever flickering mind by restraining it through Mauna or silence. Many devotees choose to maintain silence for more days after Mauni Amavasya. Taking a dip or bath in the River Ganga is an important part of Mauni Amavasya rituals.

When is Mauni Amavasya?

As per the North Indian calendar, Mauni Amavasya falls in the middle of Magha month (Feb-March) because of which it is regarded as Maghi Amavasya as well.

MAUNI AMAVASYA DATES AND TIME 2021

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Amavasya Tithi 11 February, 2021 01:09 AM  
Amavasya Tithi 12 February   12:35 AM


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WHY IS MAUNI AMAVASYA CELEBRATED? SIGNIFICANCE OF MAUNI AMAVASYA

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As per Vedic Astrology, Chandra or Moon God is the ruling deity of the mind. On Mauni Amavasya, the mind in the absence of the Moon is unable to make decisions or tends to oscillate more. Chandra Dev or the Moon deity controls the thoughts or the mind and impulses to act in certain situations. The mind becomes more fickle, restless, and confused as the Moon is absent.

The Bhagavad Gita (6.5) is mentioned: One must deliver himself with the help of his mind, and not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. The mind when properly trained is the best friend and the worst enemy if not trained. The nature of the mind as described in the Gita (6.34) is restless, turbulent, obstinate, and very strong.

When the mind is unstable, decisions are taken, actions performed do not yield the desired results. Therefore Mauni Amavasya is for keeping silent to silence the mind and the tongue. And words once said, cannot be taken back, it will have their effect. On this day, because of the Moon's weak position, there is a high probability of saying unwanted things to others, so,the Mauni Amavasya is perfect for practicing a daylong silence or Maun Vrat.

Another Vedic Astrological aspect of Mauni Amavasya is, the Planet Sun and Moon are in Makar Rashi (the Zodiac sign of Capricorn) and Planet Shani or Saturn is the Ruling Planet of Capricorn or Makar Rashi. Saturn and Moon don't get along together. This affects the Moon's power on this Amavasya making it low, therefore having its effect on our mind. This is one more good reason for abstaining from speaking or expressing orally, and being silent is apt for the Mauni Amavasya. Silence is golden on this day.

In addition to this, taking bath in River Ganga, the confluence of River Ganga with other rivers further purifies one’s mind (internally) and body (externally). Bathing in River Ganga is considered holy, purifying Mind, Body, Heart, and Soul by Hindus, also said to wash away sins.

There is another Mauni Amavasya significance. Supreme Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day. Lord Vishnu is the Preserver and Protector. Circumambulating the Peepal Tree is a ritual which is followed by many on this day as Lord Krishna (Lord Vishnu's Avatar) mentioned in the Gita that among Trees, He represents the Peepal Tree. So Peepal Tree is considered sacred by Hindus and Pradakshina of Peepal Tree is considered Holy and there are stories connected to the positive outcome of doing so on this day.

Another importance of Mauni Amavasya is that the day is very good for progressing spiritually. It is a day seeker of spiritual awareness looks forward to, especially Sadhus and those who wish to grow spiritually. Being in silence is effecting in silencing the mind, helps to get in touch with your real self and connect to the Divine. During Kumbh Mela, this day is an important day, and Lakhs throng to take bath at Prayag (Allahabad), the place where Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati Rivers meet. Sadhus and common people from all over India, wait for Mauni Amavasya bath in River Ganga during Kumbh Mela. It is believed that the water of Ganga becomes Nectar on this day.

HOW TO CELEBRATE MAUNI AMAVASYA?

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The most important activity of Mauni Amavasya is to spend the day without uttering a word. It calms down the mind and prevents you from saying what may not be beneficial for you and may hurt others.

It is ideal to fast and take a bath or dip in the holy Ganga River, early in the morning in Maun or a silent state on Mauni Amavasya. In the Northern part of India due to easy accessibility, it becomes easier for people to take the holy dip. You can also take a bath in other Rivers too. At home, you can mix a bit of Gangajal with your regular bathing water and take a bath. A mantra which can be chanted while taking bath: (Chanting to be done in mind)

"Ganga Cha Yamuna Chaiva Godavari Saraswati, Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru"

Meaning - In this water, I invoke the presence of divine waters from the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu, and Kaveri. These rivers are considered goddesses and I pray to them for considering me for their blessings.

Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva can be invoked and prayed to.

  • Meditation in the morning is helpful on this day to calm the mind. Meditating through the day or repeatedly is also a practice followed on this day.
  • You can identify a quiet place where you will be able to sit and read spiritual books, do your prayers, chant Mantras, meditate and practice Pranayama to balance the Ida and Pingala Nadis, this day being one of the best days to do this balancing.
  • Offer prayers to your ancestors (Pitru), ask for forgiveness, and seek their blessings. You can do Pitru Puja also. Mauni Amavasya is a great day for Pitru Puja or to ask for forgiveness from them.
  • Mauni Amavasya is also a good day to do remedies for Shani Dosha, so if your birth-chart has a Shani Dosha, you can choose to get remedies done on this day.
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