The Sanskrit word Amavasya means no moon, the moon is invisible, or the day of the new moon. Amavasya is also referred to as the new moon. It is also called new moon because the new lunar phase cycle of the moon starts from this day of the new moon. Purnima, full moon, maybe regarded as the opposite of Amavasya.
The date of Amavasya every month is determined as per the Hindu lunar calendar that accurately tells about the lunar-moon status, Tithis, importance etc. The 4th of February marks the Magha Amavasya. Magha is the Hindu calendar month. Magha Amavasya is also called Mauni Amavasya. Mauni also called Mauna means to maintain silence or no speaking. This year, many natives are having the Kumbh Amavasya Snan. Snan means bath or dip in the river water in this context.
Keeping Amavasya Mauna Vrat, fast, that is not speaking a word, is believed to bring self-control, to test self on patience or discipline, have mind control, enable peace within, in being spiritual etc.
The Amavasya dates for 2019 are:
On any Amavasya, a day once every month, as in the above dates, many natives observe prayers especially for their forefathers, ancestors. Amavasya is observed in India and Nepal and in several communities worldwide, especially with Indian migrants’ concentration.
When an Amavasya falls on a Monday, it is considered auspicious. It is called Somvati Amavasya. Many natives, especially women observe the occasion and perform prayers. This is believed to keep scope and bliss of happy married life, spouse wellbeing, and also for having a child.
On the day of Amavasya, many natives wake up early, even before dawn, and bathe. Many visit temples and offer sweet milk pudding Kheer or other sweet food items. Cutting of hair and nails on the day of Amavasya is considered inauspicious by many. Many chant Mantra, perform meditation, observe Vrat - fasting etc.
A Mantra on the occasion of Amavasya is -
Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaye
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-02-02 14:41:37 )
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