Magha Amavasya also known as Mauni Amavasya is a special day in the Vedic calendar that falls during the month of Magha. It’s a day when the moon is completely invisible in the sky, symbolizing a time of darkness and new beginnings. “Mauni” means silence, and on this day, people practice silence as a form of tapasya. The idea is that by being silent, we can reflect inwardly, cleanse our minds, and prepare for a fresh start.

Timings for Magha/Mauni Amavasya

New York, USA – 9 Feb, 2024
Begins – 09:32 PM, Feb 08
Ends – 05:58 PM, Feb 09

London, UK – 9 Feb, 2024
Begins – 02:32 AM, Feb 09
Ends – 10:58 PM, Feb 09

Chennai, India – 9 Feb, 2024
Begins – 08:02 AM, Feb 09
Ends – 04:28 AM, Feb 10

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New Moon (Magha Amavasya) Rituals

  1. Chant the Saraswati Mantra: Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge, is honored to enhance learning and intuition. A simple mantra, “Aum Aim Saraswatye Namah,” can be repeated 108 times.
  2. Holy Dip or Spiritual Bath: Taking a bath in the river Ganga at sunrise is considered highly auspicious, believed to purify one’s soul. If that’s not possible, reciting the Snan mantra during a shower can spiritually emulate the experience. See below for the Snan Mantra.
  3. Reflection and Intention Setting: It’s a time to pause, look back at the past month, and set intentions for the coming one. Writing down reflections and goals can be a meaningful exercise.
  4. Practice the Shunya Mudra: This hand gesture is thought to help clear mental blocks and foster a sense of new beginnings. See below for instructions on how to perform the Shunya Mudra.
  5. Honoring Ancestors: Offer prayers to your ancestors and honor them. It is a beautiful way to express gratitude and seek their blessings. You can cook their favorite meal, offer it to them and eat it/distribute as a Prasad. You can also gather as a family and talk about them, recount stories about them.
  6. Donation and Acts of Kindness: Give to others, whether through monetary donations or acts of selfless service.
  7. Worship of Goddess Mahalakshmi: In the evening, light a lamp and chant or listen to the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam. This invites prosperity and well-being into your life.

Mauni Amavasya serves as a reminder of the power of silence, reflection, and the importance of starting a new with a clear mind and heart.

Snan Mantra

“गङ् ग े च यमुने चैव गोदाविर सरस्वित । नमदर् े िसन्धु काविे र जलेऽिस्मन् संिनिधं कु रु ॥

Gangge Cha Yamune Chaiva Godaavari Sarasvati |Narmade Sindhu Kaaveri Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru ||

Shunya Mudra – Instructions

  1. Bending your middle finger to gently touch the bottom part of your thumb and press your thumb to support the middle finger.
  2. Extend all the other fingers.
  3. Keep your eyes closed and spine straight.
  4. Take long deep breaths.
  5. With ever inhalation you can clear the blocks and set yourself for new beginnings.
  6. With every exhalation, empty your frustrations, desires, disappointments, etc to start fresh.

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