Uttar Pradesh,North India
Hindu Sacred place
Allahabad (Prayag), Uttar Pradesh, North India
Naked Hindu Saints take a holy deep in Prayag, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh on occasion of Purna Kumbh Mela
Confluence of 3 major
Rivers (Ganga, Yamuna (Jamuna),
Allahabad is one of the largest cities of the State of Uttar Pradesh in
. The ancient name of the city was Prayaga ("place of sacrifice" and
"Confluence") and is considered to be the place where Brahma offered
his sacrifice after creating the world.
It is one of the sites for the grand Kumbh Mela (Purna Kumbha). Allahabad is of religious importance to the Hindus as it is situated at the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna (Jamuna), and the Hindu belief says that the invisible Saraswati River also joins here.
Religious Spots at Allahabad (Prayag)
Sangam at Allahabad (Prayag)
The sacred Sangam is the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in the Hindu mythology – Ganga, Yamuna (Jamuna) and the mythical Saraswati. At the Sangam, the waters of the Ganges and the Yamuna (Jamuna) can be distinctly seen merging into one, while Saraswati is said invisible. It is during the Purna Kumbh / Ardh Kumbh that the Sangam truly comes alive, attracting the devout from all across the country. You may find naked Hindu Sadhus (Saint) offering holy deep in Sangam to absolve themselves of any sins and offer prayer for Moksha Prapti ( Renounciation of world).
Around 7 km from Civil Lines, wide flood plains and muddy banks protrude towards the sacred Sangam. At the point at which the brown Ganges meets the Greenish Yamuna (Jamuna), pandas (priests) on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters.
Beaches and ghats full of pilgrims who come
to offer pind (Ball of rice) for their deceased parents. It is said that
once you do pind dan here, you do not have to do the same again in life.
The holy Sangam is the site for Annual Magha Mela /Ardh Kumbh / Kumbh
Mela (Around 14th January - Sankrnati when Sun traverse into Capricorn). Boats are available for visitors.
Kumbh Mela at Allahabad (Prayag)
Hindus traditionally regard river confluences as auspicious places, so the Sangam (Confluence) at Allahabad, where the Yamuna (Jamuna) and the Ganges meet the River of Enlightenment, the mythical Saraswati is considered at the most auspicious place for the Hindus. According to a legend, Vishnu was carrying a kumbh (pot) of amrita (nectar), when a scuffle broke out between the gods, and four drops were spilled. They fell to earth at
the four tirthas of Allahabad (Prayag), Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain (tirtha means "ford of a river").
Sangam is a place where the devout can cross from this finite world into divine celestial realms. The event is commemorated every three years by the Kumbh Mela, held at each tirtha in turn; the Allahabad Sangam is known as Tirtharaja, the "King of Tirthas", and its Mela, once every twelve years, is the greatest and holiest of all called Kumbh Mela.
Patalpuri Temple, Allahabad (Prayag)
Patalpuri is an underground temple, inside the Allahabad fort. In this temple lies the Akshaya Vat – or the immortal tree. It is believed that Lord Rama, has visited the temple and the temple was also seen by the famous Chinese traveller and writer Hiuen Tsang during his visit to this place.
Akshaya Vat, Allahabad (Prayag)
The immortal tree within the Patalauri temple, has found mention in the description of several ancient scriptures, writers and historians. The tree stands in a deep niche above an underground shaft, which is said to lead to Triveni.
Hanuman Mandir, Allahabad (Prayag)
The Hanuman Mandir near Sangam is unique in North India , for its Large image of Hanumana. The big idol of Lord Hanumana is in a reclining posture. When the Ganga gets flodded, this temple gets submerged.
Shankar Viman Mandapam, Allahabad (Prayag)
Shankar Viman Mandapam is 130 feet high with four floors, it has the idols of Kumaril Bhatt, Jagatguru Shankaracharya, Kamakshi Devi (with 51 Shaktipeethas around), Yogsahastra Sahastrayoga Linga (with 108 Shivas around).
Allahabad Fort, Allahabad (Prayag)
The massive fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D., the fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna (Jamuna) near the confluence site. This huge, majestic fort has three magnificent galleries flanked by high towers. At present is used by the army and only a limited area is open for visitors. The magnificent outer wall is intact and rises above the water edge. Visitors are allowed to see the Ashoka Pillar and Saraswati Kup, a well, said to be the source of the Saraswati River and Jodhabai Palace. The Patalpur temple is also here.
Ashoka Pillar, Allahabad (Prayag):
This gigantic Ashoka pillar, of polished sandstone stands 10.6 meters high and dates back to 232 B.C. The pillar has several edicts and a Persian inscription of Emperor Jahangir in scripted on it, commemorating his accession to the throne.
Climate: The summer season is from April to June with the maximum temperatures ranging between 40°C to 45°C. Monsoon begins in early July and lasts till September. The winter season lasts for the months of December, January and February in which temperatures drop to zero degrees Celsius with a maximum of 12 to 14 °C. Allahabad also witnesses severe fog in January resulting in massive traffic jams. It does not snow in Allahabad. Lowest temperature recorded -2 °C; highest, 48 °C.
Restaurants in Allahabad
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How to reach
Distance from Important Cities from Allahabad (Prayag): Agra (433 km), Ayodhya (167 km), Chitrakoot (137 km), Delhi (643 km) , Jaipur (673 km) , Jhansi (375 km) , Khajuraho (294 km) , Lucknow, (204 km) , Patna (368 km) , Udaipur (956 km) , Varanasi (125 km)
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