Mauni Amavasya , also known as Mauna Amavasya or maghi amavasya is a Hindu tradition observed on the amavasya i.e. the no moon day of the Hindu month of magha. The word ‘Mauna’ signifies silence therefore on this day most Hindus observe complete silence . The another important ritual for this day is of taking a dip in the holy waters during Kumbh mela . The ritual is known as the “Mauni Amavasya Snan”.
The day falls between the month of January and February . This practice is very popular in the parts of northern India . In the state of Uttar pradesh , Prayagraj . During Kumbh mela it is the important date for bathing in the holy waters of the city.
The devotees at the place take a dip at the sangam in early morning and spent their rest of the day in meditation and practice complete silence i.e. ‘Mauna vrat’ to attain the state of oneness with self .
There are 12 Amavasya every year out of which this Mauni Amavasya has its own significance and is celebrated in a spiritual way . This year Mauni Amavasya is celebrated on 4 February as the second shahi snan of the Ardh Kumbh mela at Prayagraj . The mauni amavasya at Kumbh has a great importance and has rituals including the bathing and donating things. As mauni amavasya was on monday this year it was celebrated with more importance among the devotees . It is estimated that more than 6 crore people from all over India and outside India took dip at the sangam and had the second shahi snan of Kumbh.