‘Mauni Amavasya’ today marks the ‘Shahi Snan’ (royal bath) of the 50-day Kumbh Mela — the largest congregation in the world.
Today, Mauni Amavasya 2019, more than 20 million pilgrims put a dip of faith in Ganga and Sangam at Kumbh Mela.
The day began as early at Prayagraj at 3 am for many devotees who were seen making a beeline for the Sangam – the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati!
About 1.30 crore devotees took the holy dip in the Ganga river till 11 AM today as reported by TOI.
It is believed that on this day, first sage Rishabh Dev broke his long vow of silence and bathed in the holy waters. Many devotees take up a vow of silence on this day.
The grand religious event is expecting participation of over three crore pilgrims following which security has been tightened in Kumbh.
Basically, ‘Mauni Amavasya’ is the new moon day of the Magha month, which falls in late January or early February.
“Mauni Amavasya” assumes greater significance if it falls on a Monday during the Kumbh, which happens to be the case this time.
The grand religious event, which started on January 15 on the occasion of Makar Sakranti, is expecting participation of over three crore pilgrims for ‘Mauni Amavasya’.
Mauni Amavasya would be the third royal bath since the start of the Kumbh fair on January 15.
The first royal bath took place on Makar Sankranti on the opening day, while the second was held on Paush Purnima on January 21.
“Mauni Amavasya” is traditionally the biggest of all the sacred bathing days in the Mela.
A sea of devotees are expected to congregate on the banks of Sangam in Prayagraj(Allahabad) today!