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The Amavasya of Magh Masa is called the Mauni Amavasya.This day is celebrated as the birthday of Manu Rishi. It is believed, Lord Brahma gave origination to Maharaja Manu and queen Shatrupa. Hence, this day is considered as the beginning of the universe creation.

The fifteenth day of the dark fortnight of Magha is well known as Mauni Amavasya. Magha is one of the most sacred of Hindu months. On this day complete silence is observed. If this tithi falls on Monday, then its auspiciousness increases all the more. This is also the day of a dip in the holy Ganga.

Like Kartik Bathing, Magha Bathing is also highly rewarding, and so, many aspirants live on the banks of Ganga throughout the month and daily enjoy bathing in the sacred river. The month long bathing and fasting end with the observance of Mauni Amavasya.

On Mauni Amavasya, Lord Vishnu is worshipped and the peepal tree is circumambulated. In the Bhavad Gita, Lord Krishna has said "Among the trees, I am Aswattha". Aswattha or peepal (Ficus Religiosa) is a holy tree.

The observance of piety and devotion on this day at Prayag, , where the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati confluent, is highly meritorious Aspirants come and live here for a full month and practice prescribed rituals and ceremonial sacrifice. This is known as "Kalpa-vas". Through the whole month there are religious discourses, kirtan, bhajan and satsang. The aspirants take full advantage of all these. They take a simple one meal a day or eat only fruit and drink some milk. Brahmins and others deserving persons are given gifts, food, raiments, in charity, Thus, they earn a lot of spiritual merit by practising religious ceremonies.


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