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Special importance of bathing at the confluence of holy rivers

According to the Vikram Samvat Panchang, the holy Magha month is considered the 11th month in Hinduism.

According to the Vikram Samvat Panchang, the holy Magha month is considered the 11th month in Hinduism. This year the holy Magh month has started from 17th January and will continue till 18th February. It will end on the day of Magha Purnima. According to the Hindu calendar, it is named Magha month because of the Magha constellation being on the full moon. This month, there is a special significance of bathing and meditating on the banks of Prayagraj Sangam and Panch Prayag in Uttarakhand – Vishnu Prayag, Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Nand Prayag and Karna Prayag. In Prayagraj, Kalpavas is kept for 1 month on the banks of Sangam. Devotees lead a restrained life while doing Kalpavas for a month.

Many big fasts and festivals come in this holy month. One attains salvation by bathing in the confluence of rivers from the sins committed knowingly or unknowingly by performing pilgrimage, charity and worship during this month. Virtue is rewarded. For the seekers, this month is considered to be very virtuous midwife and a perfect month for penance, that is why this month is called the month to get rid of sins. According to mythological beliefs, during the time of Mahabharata, Dharmaraja Yudhishthira had performed Kalpavas on the banks of the Sangam in the month of Magha to provide salvation to his relatives. By fasting on the banks of the confluence of rivers during the month of Magh and leading a restrained life, the grace of Lord Vishnu is obtained and after attaining salvation, the devotees attain Vishnu Lok after life.

According to mythological beliefs, the water of all the rivers in the month of Magh is considered to be equal to the Ganges, so if a devotee cannot go to bathe in the Ganges, then if they take a holy bath in any river, then they get the same virtue as bathing in the Ganges and worshiping Lord Hari. Blessings are received and bathing by adding Gangajal to the water in the house also gives fruit equivalent to bathing in the Ganges this month.

In this month, Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu, should be offered yellow flowers and Panchamrit and reciting Madhurastak regularly and offering sesame seeds to Lord Vishnu has special significance in this month. Donating food, clothes and money is considered to be of great importance. Also, reciting Gita and Ramayana is considered to be of special importance in this month.

The holy holy month of Magh is also called the month of changing seasons, therefore it is said in Ayurveda that some changes should be made in the routine and food habits during the month of Magh. It is healthy to eat light and digestible food during this time. Eating rich food is considered taboo in the month of Magh. Eating one meal in the month of Magha is considered beneficial from the point of view of health.

Due to Uttarayan in the month of Magha, the majesty of the Sun becomes stronger. In the month of Magh, the heat of the sun starts to intensify and the winter season starts passing slowly. Pandit Manoj Tripathi says that the fruits of the virtuous deeds done in the month of Magha always last for many births. Regarding the month of Magha, it has been said in the Puranas that whoever helps the needy with great devotion and donates to Brahmavaivarta Purana, he attains the world of Brahma.

The month of Magha is considered to be the best to attain Lord Narayan. It is believed that by regularly offering sesame seeds to Lord Vishnu in the month of Magha and chanting sesame seeds, the effect of sin starts getting destroyed by sesame seeds. Regularly eating sesame seeds and bathing with sesame seeds in water also gives merit. This month, Tulsi should be worshiped regularly and by lighting a lamp in front of Tulsi in the morning and evening, the negative energy in the house ends and the financial condition is also very strong.

According to Padma Purana, chanting, homa and charity have special significance in the month of Magha. Vasudev form of Lord Vishnu is worshiped in the month of Magha. Also, offering Arghya to the rising sun has special significance. The Tvashta form of Surya is worshiped in this month. According to the Puranas, there is a special law for the worship of Lord Krishna and Shiva in this month and it is a religious belief that fasting on Mars and Thursday in the month of Magha gives special results. Shatila Ekadashi, Mauni Amavasya, Gupt Navratri, Basant Panchami Festivals like Ratha Saptami, Bhishma Ashtami, Jaya Ekadashi and Magha Purnima have special significance.

Sadhaks get renewable energy by fasting for the secret Navratri of Magh month and worshiping the Goddess. Worshiping Shiva with sesame oil lamp in the month of Magha is considered to be of great importance and according to Vastu, the month of Magh is considered to be the best for home entry.

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