The Kumbh Mela is the world’s oldest and largest spiritual gathering. Millions of people from across the country as well as abroad attend the religious gathering. Kumbh Mela is celebrated four times every 12 years and the place of the observance rotates between Haridwar on the Ganges river, Ujjain on the bank of Shipra, Nasik on the banks of Godavari and at Allahabad on the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati. It is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Bṛhaspati (Jupiter) and the sun.
The Prayag (Allahabad) Kumbh Mela is the largest and holiest of all melas and is believed to be the most auspicious. Tens of thousands of people converge on the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati for a holy dip. In 2013 the Maha Kumbh Mela is held from 27th January to 25th February in Allahabad.
The main reason to attend the largest holy festival of Kumbh Mela is to take dip in the Holy river on auspicious dates. It is said that holy dip in sacred river during Maha Kumbh frees humans out of the circle of life and death. On important bathing dates, lakhs of pilgrims take bath on the banks of the holy Sangam. The main bathing days are known as ‘Shahi Snans’ or ‘Royal. Out of the seven bathing days the main bathing day is Mauni Amavasya.
Mauni Amavasya Snan 2015 Date: When is Mauni Amavasya Snan?
In 2013 Mauni Amavasya was on Sunday, 10th February.
In 2014 Mauni Amavasya was on Sunday, 30th January.
In 2015, Mauni Amavasya is on 20th January (Tuesday).
Importance of Mauni Amavasya Snan (bathing)
Bathing on Mauni Amavasya day in magh month has the highest spiritual merit. Mauna means silence. Mauni refers to an ascetic who practices mauna. According to ancient religious scriptures, Mauni Amavasya is the day on which Manu rishi appears in this world millions of years ago. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Manu Rishi. It is believed, Lord Brahma gave origination to Maharaja Manu and queen Shatrupa. Hence, this day is considered as the beginning of the universe creation. On this day, the Sun and the Moon enters into the Capricorn sign.
Many devotees observe a vow of complete silence on this day known as Maun Vrat. Mauna is symbolic identity for spiritual practice and is a particularly important aspect of spiritual discipline. It symbolizes a state of oneness with the self.
New members to various holy monastic orders receive their first initiation on this day. Mauni Amavasya is celebrated as Chollangi Amavasya and Darsh Amavasya in other parts of India.
On the auspicious of Mauni Amavasya people pray Lord Vishnu. They also perform mediation and donations, according to their capacity which include articles like food, money and clothes to the needy. Many observe the vow of silence on this day. It is a believed that bathing on this day and observing silence purifies an individual’s existence and he can pursue a fruitful and religious life. All these rituals are performed after the ceremonial bath in the holy waters.
Prayag is considered the most auspicious place to perform the Magh Snan on this no moon day. Thousands of pilgrims bathe at the confluence of holy rivers at Allahabad. It is believed that bathing in Sangam of Allahabad on this day gives virtues to an individual.