On January 21st 2023 a unique Hindu tradition is celebrated called “Mauni” or “Mauna Amavasya”.
It usually falls on the fifteenth day during the dark fortnight in the month of January/February and is observed on the no-Moon day, known as Amavasya. It is also known as Magha Amavasya as it is usually observed during the month of Magha.
The word “mauni’ or “mauna’ signifies silence, so on this special day it is the perfect time to observe silence in your own life, to attain a calm and restful mind. A day dedicated to spiritual practices and to gain knowledge and happiness in our lives.
‘Ama’ means together and ‘Vasya’ means to live. It means to ‘live’ or ‘dwell’ together. Therefore Amavasya means to co-exist with absolute silence – silence with the ever-jumping mind by restraining it through Mauna or silence.
It is believed that the water of the most sacred and holy river in Hinduism, the Ganga, turns into the nectar on Mauni Amavasya day. Therefore it is also considered the most important day in Hindu calendar to take a holy dip in the river Ganges, often resulting in millions gathering on its banks known as the Kumbh Mela festival.
Below are some rituals that you can do to align with this special day. You can also find these in the rituals section of the align27 app.
If you have pitra dosha (an astrological combination in a chart that occurs due to the actions of ancestors), kaal sarp dosha (a malefic astrological combination of planets in a chart related to past deeds or karma) or grahan dosha (when born during a Solar or Lunar eclipse) or any malefic ‘yogas’, then it would be even more beneficial for you to follow all these rituals, in particular the silence, meditation, prayer and fasting.
Mauni Amavasya Rituals:
- Take your morning shower in silence. The ritual of bathing on this day is traditionally celebrated with a dip in the holy river Ganga, so do this with reverence and awareness.
- After taking your shower sit to do your spiritual practices. If you do not already have a routine, at the very minimum sit for 20 mins in meditation.
- Take a vow of silence for the day – if you are unable to do the full day then consciously set a time period where you remain silent. During this time go inwards in prayer, contemplation and meditation, to reach a state of oneness with the Self.
- Honor the creator, Lord Brahma by reciting or listening to the Gayatri Mantra.
- Refrain from any action, in thought or physical, that is not pure, positive and helpful.
- This is the day to correct any wrong actions – so, think about what they are and anything that can be done to rectify it.
- Honor your ancestors – ask them for forgiveness for any wrong doing and ask them for their blessings.
- Offer food to those less fortunate than yourself or to any animal or creature.
- Donate food, clothing and other essentials to people who may need it more than you, bringing you into a space of humbleness and gratitude for what you have.
- You can fast for the time that you are in silence, and if for the whole day you can break the fast with a light vegetarian meal.