In Hinduism, Magh Snan, or Magha Snaan, is the annual holy bathing ritual on the banks of Sangam at Prayag (
) in Uttar Pradesh. Magh Snana is also as mini Kumbh Mela. It is held in the month of Magh or Magha as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Allahabad North India. In 2011, Magh Snan date is from January 19. The final day for taking holy dip during Magha Snana is March 2, 2011. Important dates for taking holy dip in the holy river during Magh Snan are spread over a period of 45 days.
Magh Snan begins on Paush Poornima and ends on Maha Shivratri. During the period of Magh Snan a temporary tent city arises on the banks of Sangam in Prayag. Sangam is the point where the three holy rivers –
Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meets. Taking a holy dip at the confluence of these three rivers is believed to help in attaining Moksha.
Numerous Hindu religious organizations and ashrams erect separate camps and free food is provided during the period. Kalpavasis live in these camps during the period. Important bathing dates during the period attract thousands of devotees.
Important bathing dates during Magh Snan are Paush Punima, Makar Sankranthi, Mauni Amavas, Basant Panchmi, Magha Poornima and Mahashivaratri.