O King! Prayag is the superior most among all pilgrimage places. If its greatness is heard, its name is chanted or if its soil is smeared on the body, man will be liberated from all sins.
Above lines is the description of Prayagraj, presently known as Allahabad, from the ancient epic Mahabharat. The word Prayag stands for- ‘the place of confluences’ which means a conflux of two rivers. From Yamunotri and Gangotri, the River Yamuna and Ganga originate to meet at Allahabad.
Due to its fertile Gangetic land and situated at the bank of the river, from the very early days of civilization it has a significant historical background. The history of the place, both mythological and factual makes it one of the most fascinating and among the main holy Indian cities, special to Hindus in India and abroad.
According to the mythological history, when Lord Brahma was done with creating the world, he offered his first prayer here, Hence, the justification of its ancient name Prayag, meaning ‘Place of Oblation.’ In Persian, ‘Allahabad’ denotes to a ‘Settled by Almighty’ and this City does a perfect justice to the meaning!
The Sangam has been a major attration of this city. It is where the two Mighty rivers, Ganga & Yamuna meet with each other offering an ambience brimming with peace & charisma. The two rivers, with different hues when meet, make the point perfectly visible for the visitors. The enthralling mega fairs – Kumbh, Magh Mela and Ardh Kumbh. The evening Arti at the bank of Sangam is worth experiencing.
If the thought of catching up at Sangam fascinates you, the City has a lot more to make your feet itch.
Allahabad, being one of the oldest cities in India holds various relics of ancient India.
Allahabad Fort is a massive fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D. on the bank of River Yamuna, near to the Sangam, is a spectacular edifice. The imposing outer wall of the fort is intact and rises above the water’s edge. Inside the fort, there are revered unique Akshayavat or immortal Banyan tree, a 10.6 metre-high polished sandstone and also houses several rare edicts, the Saraswati Koop, the Palace of Jodhabhai and more. It also makes up an awe-inspiring piece of artistry.
Anand Bhawan is another historical charm. It is the ancestral home of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and which is now a fine museum housing the remains of a bygone era. Next to Anand Bhawan is a Jawahar Planetarium that takes one on a celestial journey where every makes the eyes twinkle like stars.
This city also has a rich spiritual significance with its diverse treasure trove of sacred places. Whether it’s Shiv Koti Temple, Gurudwara Pakki Sangat or the famous All Saints’ Cathedral Church. This magnificent Church is near the Allahabad Railway Station. It is one of the finest Anglican Cathedrals in Asia. Built in 13th Century Gothic style, its stained glass panels & impressive marble altar make mesmerizing exteriors.
Allahabad is also famed for its ancient Khan Kahs and Diaras, the holy places related to Sufi saints located at different areas of the city. Diara Shah Ajmal is one among many is one such beautiful Diara.
The city also boasts a walled historical garden, Khusro Bagh, a sports complex known as Mayo Memorial Hall and the acclaimed Allahabad High court which houses the biggest Chief Justice’s courtroom of all High Courts in India.
The list of the attractions from this land is endless and takes a roving eye & wandering feet to explore them all. This City is worth a visit for once in a lifetime experience. Garner beautiful memories to cherish them forever.