Embracing Mauni Amavasya in 2024: Date, Puja Timings, and More
Mauni Amavasya, also referred to as Maghi Amavasya, stands as a profound Hindu observance dedicated to venerating ancestors and predecessors. This sacred day, falling within the auspicious month of Magha, marks the disappearance of the moon from the celestial expanse. Devotees pay homage not only to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva but also to their lineage.
Commemorating Mauni Amavasya involves a sequence of rituals, including the observance of the Mauni Vrat, Pitru Dosha puja, offering Arghya to Lord Surya, and a purifying dip in the Ganga. Acts of charity and the organization of pujas are deemed highly virtuous during this time, as devotees seek tranquility and perform rituals to address Pitru Dosha.
Mauni Amavasya 2024: Mark Your Calendars
This year, the auspicious Mauni Amavasya festival falls on Friday, February 9, 2024. According to Drik Panchang, the propitious timings for puja are as follows:
Amavasya tithi begins: 08:02 AM on February 09, 2024
Amavasya tithi ends: 04:28 AM on February 10, 2024
Unveiling the Significance of Mauni Amavasya
Mauni Amavasya holds immense religious and spiritual significance in Hindu culture. It is a day revered for performing various puja rituals, including Hawan and Pitru Dosha Puja, in remembrance of ancestors. However, certain events such as marriages, engagements, mundan, and griha pravesh are considered inauspicious during this time. The term “Mauni” signifies silence, emphasizing the practice of silence on this sacred day. Devotees undertake the vow of silence (mauna vrata) to attain spiritual elevation. Additionally, Mauni Amavasya is believed to be an auspicious occasion for taking a holy dip (snana) in sacred rivers, particularly the Ganga.
Rituals to Embrace on Mauni Amavasya 2024
Initiate the day with an early rise and a purifying dip.
Visit temples and partake in the holy waters of the Ganga.
Light a diya with desi ghee in reverence to ancestors.
Perform Pitru Tarpan and Pitru Puja for auspicious blessings.
Engage in spiritual practices like reading the Bhagavad Gita, Hawan, and Gayatri Jaap.
Extend acts of generosity by feeding and donating to Brahmins.
Consider organizing a Gayatri Jaap to address familial Pitru Dosha.
Those afflicted by Kaal Sarpa Dosha may opt for a special pooja to counter its effects.
Extend compassion to creatures by feeding crows, dogs, ants, and cows.
As Mauni Amavasya approaches in 2024, let us delve into the depths of spiritual rejuvenation and ancestral reverence. Embrace the sacred rituals, uphold the vow of silence, and immerse in the divine waters, as we seek blessings and tranquility on this auspicious occasion.