On Monday crores of devotees of Lord Shiva took holy dips in the Kumbh Mela Sangam. Hindus consider ‘Mauni Amavasya’ very auspicious and visit the Sangam of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati to purify themselves. It is estimated that a huge five crore devotees took part in the Kumbh Mela this year. On the auspicious day of third Shahi Snan on Mauni Amavasya at Kumbh in Prayagraj on Monday a huge numbers of devotees took holy dips. A sea-like human gathering took dips in the spiritual Sangam till the evening.
Devotees started coming to the Sangam from the early hours on the day of Mauni Amavasya. Starting from 3 am people started coming into the Sangam to offer their prayers. The Mela authorities said that over five crore people ringed into the Sangam. The groups did not disperse until late Monday evening from the Shani snan. Crores of devotees came together unitedly to celebrate the holy day with holy baths. Rose petals showering took place in the Sangam and tight security was provided by various security forces like RPF, UP police, and PAC.
5 crore people attend Mauni Amavasya shahi snan
Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and state law minister Brijesh Pathak led the devotees to the holy dip at 5 in the morning. As vehicles are prohibited from entering, groups of people walked on foot to Kumbh Nagari. On the banks of three popular rivers, devotees took dips while chanting har har mahadev.
Coming to what ‘Mauni Amavasya’ means, it is nothing but the new moon day of the Magha month, which falls in late January or early February. Interestingly if this falls on Monday, the day is said to be more significant and luckily that is what happened.
All the devotees bathed in silence following the tradition that was set by sage Rishabh Dev according to Sanatan Dharma. On this day Rishabh Dev broke his long vow of silence and took holy bath in the Sangam. The day started with processions of 13 akharas (orders) — seven Shaiv, three Vishnava, two udasin and one Sikh.
The order of bathing for different akharas is pre-determined. It starts with Mahanrivani and Atal Akhara, Niranjani with Ananada Akahra and Juna with Avahana and Agni akharas. The event started on a grand note on January 15 with Makar Sakranti. There are three more shahi snanas left that are scheduled on February 10 (Basant Panchami), February 19 (Maghi Poornima), and March 4 (Mahashivratri).