Friday, January 24, 2020

Holy dip in Yamuna on Mauni Amavasya

The auspicious occasion of Mauni Amavasya was observed with full devotion in the entire Braj region which includes ancient cities of Mathura and Vrindavan. Devotees took bath in holy River Yamuna and performed charity on the auspicious day. Mauni Amavasya also known as Maghi Amavasya takes its name from ancient times when saints and sages would observe Maun or silence for the entire day on Magha Krishna Paksha Amavasya to attain Siddhi and powers. The observance of Maun is still prevalent in modern times. After the Snan, devotees take a vow of silence and dedicate the entire day in devotion of Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu.

Devotees started flocking the various Ghats of Yamuna River early in the morning to take the Holy dip before the sunrise. Vishram Ghat, Prayag Ghat, Askunda Ghat, Dauji Ghat of River Yamuna in Mathura and Cheer Ghat and Keshi Ghat in Vrindavan witnessed huge turnout of devotees from across Braj region on Mauni Amavasya.

Vishram Ghat of River Yamuna on Mauni Amavasya, Mathura

As per Padma Purana, Daan, Japa and other religious sacrifices performed in other months don’t please Lord Vishnu as much as Snan in the month of Magha does. Snan in Magha destroys every minor and major sin performed by a person and makes him or her worthy to attain the abode of Lord Vishnu. Thus, a person can attain Moksha by just bathing in Holy Rivers in the month of Magha.

After the Snan, devotees performed charity and visited Dwarikadhish temple, Krishna Janmabhumi temple, Banke Bihari Ji temple, ISKCON temple, Radharamana temple, Radhavallabha temple, Gopinath temple amongst others in Vrindavan and Mathura.

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