Information of Allahabad
city of confluence of the great rivers of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical
Saraswati. The confluence known as sangam is believed to have great soul
cleansing powers. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, the
creator chose a piece of land on earth, for the 'Prakrishta Yagna', now
where these rivers flow in a confluence. The land, blessed by the gods
come to be known as 'Prayag'.
the city came under Akbar in 1575 A.D. and came to be known as Allahbad.
Realising its strategic importance as a water way landmark in north India,
Akbar built a fort on the banks of the site of confluence. Later Allahabad
came under the Marathas and then the Pathans and finally the British
before India attained freedom. This holy sangam is the most sacred
pilgrimage centres of India. Blessed with the great three rivers Allahabad
has played an important role in history, culture and religion.
The place where the three great rivers of Ganga,
Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati meet is the most sacred place called
sangam. Legends say that a few drops of nectar fell in it. People come
here to take a holy dip which is said to cleanse the soul. The astrologers
calculate times which are the best for the holy dip if asked for. The
chief attractions of this place are the Kumbh Mela and the Ardh kumbh.
This magnificent fort, built by emperor Akbar
in 1583 A.D. is known for its unparallel design and craftsmanship. The
fort stands on the banks of the holy sangam. The majestic fort has massive
walls and three galleries. Its three gateways are flanked by high towers.
This temple is set inside the fort and is an
underground temple. It houses the Akshayavat or the immortal tree.
The antique piece, standing 10.6 m tall,
dates back to 232 B.C. The majestic Ashoka pillar is made of polished
sandstone. The pillar displays several edicts including the Persian
inscription of Emperor Jahangir, commemorating his accession to the
The unique temple is the only one of its kind
housing an idol of Hanuman in a reclining posture. It is situated near the
Among the famous Shiv temples in Allahabad
this one is set on the banks of Yamuna, near the Saraswati Ghat.