Mauni Amavasya Tuesday 16th January 2018
Mauni Amavasya Timings:
Amavasya Tithi Starts = 5:11 AM on 16-January-2018
Amavasya Tithi Ends = 7:47 AM on 17-January-2018
About Maghi Amavasya/Mauni Amavasya:
There is something very holy and pious about Maghi Amavasya which is why as per the Hindu doctrine, it is said that the holy river of Ganga has the ability to transform to nectar on this auspicious day. Hence a reason why many make it towards River Ganges on this specific day of Maghi Amavasya for a hold dip and believe in purification.
Mauni Amavasya holds great significance in the northern side of the country. and being a new moon start, it is pitch dark and silent. The word ‘Maun or Maunam’ means silence. Devotees who strictly follow Hindu customs maintain all-day fasting and do not speak during the entire period of Mauni Amavasya. It is also rightly named as Maghi Amavasya as the thithi falls in the midst of Magha maasam . Staunch devotees believe so strongly in the sanctity of this month Maaghi, that it is not just on Mauni Amavasya that they indulge in holy dip at the Ganga, but do so each single day of the month.
Starting from Paush full moon day which is Purnimasi, the ritualistic bathing at the Ganga Ghat is quite an event with innumerable people taking the holy dip that ends only on the Purnima day of Magh month.
It is the season for the highly-popular Kumbh Mela or the festival of Kumbh Parva where people attend from far and wide places. Mauni Amavasya marks the crucial day for this ritualistic holy dip and bathing that takes place every year at a place called Prayag in Allahabad city of Uttar Pradesh. Locally, people refer to this auspicious day and time as Amrit Yoga.