- UTTAR PRADESH
to Hindu mythology, for the 'Prakrishta Yagna', Lord Brahma,
the creator - God of the Trinity , chose a piece of land on
earth, on which the three rivers - the Ganga, the Yamuna and
the mythical Saraswati - would flow into a quiet confluence.
That land, blessed by the Gods, came to be called 'Prayag'
or 'Allahabad', as it is known today. It is one of the most
sacred pilgrimage centres of India.
From the realms of mythology and legends, the history of Allahabad,
then moved through time to 1575 A.D., when Emperor Akbar founded
a city, of lavish proportions, and named it Allahabad. The
monarch realized its strategic importance, as a waterway landmark
in North India, and also built a magnificent fort, on the
banks of the holy 'sangam'. Allahabad, today, is an important
city where history, culture and religion create a magical
confluence .... much like the sacred rivers that caress this
What to See
Sangam : The sacred Sangam is
the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology
- Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. It is believed
that it is at the Sangam, that a few drops of the nectar 'Amrit
Bindu' fell .. making its waters truly magical. It is during
the Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh that the Sangam truly comes
alive .. attracting the devout from all across the country.
Allahabad Fort: Built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D.,
the fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna, near the confluence
site. In its prime, the fort was unrivalled for its design,
construction and craftsmanship. This huge, majestic fort has
three magnificent galleries, flanked by high towers.
Patalpuri Temple: Within this underground temple, inside
the fort, lies the Akshayavat - or the immortal tree.
Ashoka Pillar: This gigantic Ashoka pillar, of polished
sandstone, stands 10.6 m high, dating back to 232 B.C. The
pillar has several edicts, and a Persian inscription of Emperor
Jahangir inscribed on it, commemorating his accession to the
Hanuman Temple: This unique temple
at the Sangam, is the only one in North India, where the idol
of Lord Hanuman, is to be seen in a reclining posture.
Mankameshwar Temple : Situated
near Saraswati Ghat, on the banks of the Yamuna, this is one
of the famous Shiv temples of Allahabad.
Anand Bhawan : The erstwhile ancestral home of the
Nehru family, the Bhawan has witnessed several epoch - creating
events of the freedom struggle. The main building houses a
museum, displaying the memorabilia of the Nehru family.
Jawahar Planetarium : For a celestial trip of the scientific
kind, visit the planetarium. It is an experience worth a lifetime.
All Saints Cathedral Dedicated to the memory of people of
all ages and places, who have kept their faith in the Almighty,
this Cathedral is one of the finest cathedrals, in the country.
Designed more than a century ago, by Sir William Emerson,
the structure has some truly exceptional glass murals.
Khusru Bagh: This garden houses
the tomb of Khusru, son of Salim and Shah Begum.
Kumbh Mela: One of the largest congregations of devout
Hindus from all over the world, the Kumbh Mela is held once
every 12 years, on the banks of the Sangam. A holy dip in
the sacred waters, and offerings to the Sun-God, are believed
to cleanse the soul.
Ardh Kumbh Mela: The half Kumbh,
this festival is held once every six years, on the banks of
Dussehra: Dussehra time in Allahabad is an experience,
unrivalled by any other in the rest of northern India. During
this period, in the evening and at night, beautifully decorated
tableau are taken out from different localities, depicting
various scenes from Indian mythology.
How to get there
By Air: The nearest airports
are Varanasi, Kanpur and Lucknow.
By Rail: The city has direct
rail connections with important cities like Delhi, Calcutta,
Patna, Gwalior, Meerut, Chennai, Mumbai, Varanasi and Guwahati.
By Road: Allahabad, on National
Highway 2 and 27, is connected to the rest of the country
by good, motorable all-weather roads.