Over 5 crore pilgrims take a dip in the holy waters of the Sangam at Prayagraj on the auspicious occasion of Mauni Amawasya during the Kumbh Mela; The 2nd Shahi Snan of the Kumbh also sees Naga Sadhus bathing in the holy waters; flower petals showered from the skies.
All roads leading to Kumbh Nagri, the 32,000-hectares township on the banks of the river, teemed with people making their way to the Sangam for a ritual dip. And that is not without a reason. Monday is ‘Mauni Amavasya’, considered as one of the most auspicious day for taking bath at the Sangam during Kumbh Mela. ‘Mauni Amavsya’ also marks the second ‘Shahi Snan’ of the 50-day Kumbh Mela — the largest congregation in the world.
Traditionally this day is the biggest of all the sacred bathing days in the Mela. The grand religious event, started on January 15 on the occasion of Makar Sakranti. Basically, ‘Mauni Amavasya’ is the new moon day of the Magha month, which falls in late January or early February. It assumes greater significance if it falls on a Monday during the Kumbh, which happens to be the case this time.
The 49-day Kumbh Mela will conclude on 4th March. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has greeted people on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya.