State : Uttar Pradesh
In Hindu mythology, its
status of 'Tirth Raj' or the king of all pilgrimage centres was
bestowed by Lord Brahma, the creator god of Hindu Trinity, who performed
'Prakrista Yagna' at the confluence of the three holy rivers, the
Ganga, the Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati.
In Hindu mythology, its status of 'Tirth Raj' or the king of all
pilgrimage centres was bestowed by Lord Brahma, the creator god
of Hindu Trinity, who performed 'Prakrista Yagna' at the confluence
of the three holy rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mystical
Saraswati. 128 kms.from Varanasi and located at the confluence (Sangam)
of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, Allahabad
- one of the oldest cities of India and a pilgrimage centre of
importance is also famous for the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh Melas held
every twelve and six years respectively.
These are attended by the largest congregation of saints, believers
and followers of Hindu religion in India and from across the world.
Allahabad is also known for its annual Magh Mela (mini Kumbh Mela)
and colourful Dussehra festival.
'Prayag' or 'Allahabad' as it is known today is one of the most
sacred pilgrimage centres of India.
Recorded evidence also exists in the revered scriptures - the
Vedas and the grand epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as
also in the Puranas-of this holy place called 'Prayag'. The present
city of Allahabad was founded by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1575
Realising its strategic importance as a waterway landmark in
north India, Akbar built a magnificent fort on the banks of the
Every 12th year during the months of Jan-Feb world famous Kumbh
Mela is held here on the banks of the holy sangam. Ardha Kumbh Mela
is held every 6th year. The Magh Mela is the annual version of the
Kumbh and Ardh kumbh mela which starts every year from Makar Sankranti
in Jan. and ends at Maha Shivratri in Feb.
Place to See
The holy place SANGAM is the place where the threee holy rivers
GANGA, YAMUNA, and the mythica
SARASWATI merge into one. It offers facinating view at sunrise and
sunset. At SANGAM few drops of nector is believed to be fallen making
the water truely magical. The place comes alive, during the Kumbh
Mela and the Ardh Kumbh, attracting millions of devotees from all
across the country. The Sangam is the site for important fares and
festivals, the year around.
The Hanuman Temple is also near the SANGAM, houses the largest unique
reclining image of LORD HANUMAN it is believed that the river GANGA
rises during the annual floods to touch the feet of the image before
How to Reach
There is no direct air link to Allahabad. However, the near
Airports are Varanasi (147 kms.) and Lucknow (210 kms.).
The city has direct rail connections with important cities
viz. Calcutta, Delhi, Patna, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Gwalior,
Meerut, Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi.
Allahabad is on National Highways 2 and 27.