Magh Purnima 2019: Auspicious day of Magh Snan
By: Future Point | 18-Feb-2019Views : 1259
In the Hindu culture there is a huge significance of the month of Magh.
Devotees arrive at Prayagraj to spend the month of Magh by taking a bath (snan) at the shore of holy 'Sangam'. Sangam is the confluence of three pious rivers - Ganga ,Yamuna and Saraswati. This meeting point of the three holy rivers is also referred to as 'Triveni'. It is mentioned in the 'Padma Puran' that Magh Snan performed by a devotee, pleases Lord Shree Hari more than any other religious ritual.
Kalpvaas in the Month of Magh
There is a tradition of gathering on the shore of Sangam at Prayagraj every year in the month of Magh and spending the month by bathing in the Triveni every day before sunrise.
Devotees spend the rest of their day by doing activities as per their will & capability such as observing Vrat (spiritual rituals of abstinence), listening to Vedas & Puranas, chanting hymns, verses, singing devotional songs and donating to the Sages and needy. This way of spending the month of Magh is called Kalpvaas.
It is said that one who goes through a Kalpvaas gets countless divine blessings and even the souls of his/her ancestors dwell in a peaceful state in the after world.
The Purnima (Full Moon) of the Shukla Paksha (Waxing Period of Moon) in the month of Magh is known as Maghi Purnima.
This day also marks the end of the month long period of austerities of Kalpvaas.
Spiritual Significance of Maghi Purnima
As per the 'Brahm Vaivart Puran' on the occasion of Maghi Purnima, Lord Shree Hari (Vishnu) Himself dwells in the river Ganga.
This is why bathing in or even touching the holy waters of river Ganga on this day, one gets countless divine blessings that bring auspiciousness in life.
It is said that on this day even the Gods come in disguise and take a dip in river Ganga, therefore many spiritual texts stress upon the significance of Maghi Purnima.
A person who bathes in river Ganga on this day gets all his/her desires fulfilled and attains to self realization and gets liberated from the vicious cycle of birth & death.
As told above the successful culmination of the month long austerities in the form of Kalpavaas also happens on this day.
All Kalpavaasis (people observing Kalpavaas) feed Sages and Brahmins on Maghi Purnima after performing the 'Aarti' (worship) of Mother Ganga. They also pray to Mother Ganga for calling them again on the shore of Triveni.
It is also said that by bathing in river Ganga on Maghi Purnima one get relief from ailments and by donating Sesame and Blankets to the needy in this day, one gets protection from going to the 'Narka Loka' (Hell) forever.
So what are you still doing here?
Pack your bags and go to Prayagraj to bathe in the holy waters of Ganga on the incredibly auspicious occasion of Maghi Purnima and make your life full of divine bliss, joy and prosperity!
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