20 July 2011, Mauna Panchami Vrat during Shrabani Mela

20 July 2011 is Mauna Panchami, today, Wednesday. It is observed widely in Deoghar Baba Baidyanath Dham during Shrabani Mela and some other pilgrimage sites where Kanwaris perform Shiva Puja. It is observed on Krishna Paksha Panchami in Shravan month as per North Indian Hindi calendars. Mauna Panchami is a vrat of silence and mental peace. In Hindu way of living, Mauna has great significance. Lord Dakshinamurthi, an aspect of Lord Shiva, is worshipped on Maun Panchami.

Serpent Gods (Naga Devtas like Manasa Devi & Ashtanag) are worshipped on Maun Panchami. Dakshinamurthi Stotram and Naga Suktam (Sarpa Suktam) are the important prayers to chant on Maun Panchami Vrat.

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