Mauni Amavasya or Mauna Amavasya is the auspicious day to observe Mauna Vrata or the vow of silence on Magh Amavasya or No Moon day in Magh month. In 2017, Mauni Amavasya date is January 27.
Mauna is a word derived from ‘Muni, who is the tremendous human with silent spiritual excellence. Mauna vrat is the symbolic identity for the spiritual practice. As per Jagadguru Shankaracharya, Mauna is one of the three essential aspects of a sanyasi or sadhu. The other two aspects are – Balya and Panditya. Balya is the childlike nature whereas the Panditya is wisdom.
Mauni Amavasya is the last day of Mauna vrata which is severely observed by Kalpavasis. Kalpavasis culminate their month-long vow on Mauna Amavasya day with holy dip in Magh Mela or Kumbh Mela. Prayag Sangam at Allahabad is the most auspicious place to perform Magh Snan or punya snan on this No Moon day.
Mauni Amavasya is observed as Chollangi Amavasya (Pushya Amavasya) in some places of Andhra Pradesh. In some other places, it is also celebrated as Darsh Amavasy.
In 2016, Mauni Amavasya date was February 8.
In 2015, Mauni Amavasya date was January 20.
In 2014, Mauni Amavasya date was January 30.
In 2013, Mauni Amavasya date is February 10. In 2012, Mauni Amavasya date was 22 January 2012.