Despite being considered inauspicious, it is marked by certain fasts and festivals whose effect is said to be of great importance. It is considered an auspicious occasion to pay homage to the family members who have gone for their heavenly abode. It is marked by observing fasts, praying to the Sun and the Moon. The Kartik Amavasya is considered auspicious and Diwali is celebrated on this day.
The devotees take holy dip in Ganga, Yamuna, Krishna and Kaveri, along with observing fast to call upon the most fruitful effects of the same.
Amavasya in January 2020 is falling on 24th January. The month of Magha as per Hindu calendar falls in the month of January, that’s why the Amavasya in January is called Magha Amavasya and is celebrated as Mauni Amavasya which has its own significance.
January Amavasya Timings (Tithi) and Shubh Muhurat
In January 2020, the day of Amavasya is falling on 24th January, 2020 (Friday). Falling in the Hindu month of Magha, known as Magha Amavasya, it is popular as Mauni Amavasya.
Magha or Mauni Amavasya 2020 Timings/ Shubh Muhurat
Magha Amavasya starts: 2:17 am (24 January 2020)
Magh Amavasya ends: 3: 11 am (25 January 2020)
Mauni Amavasya Significance
The fasting ritual of Mauni Amavasya is associated with learning the virtue of patience and prudence just like sages, the reason why it is called Mauni Amavasya. If a devotee takes holy dip, especially in the water of Ganga, it is believed that they will be get rid of any Kaal Sarpa Dosha and along will all the sins and various Doshas. The day is also considered an auspicious occasion for performing shraddha and tarpan to ancestors, especially dead parents and spiritual sadhana.
In 2020, there are 12 Amavasya days, one falling in each month. The next Amavasya date is falling on February 23, 2020 (Sunday).