Allahabad

AllahabadAllahabad is among the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh. Hindu mythology has it that for the Prakrishta Yaina, Lord Brahma, the creator God of the Trinity, chose a land on earth, on which the three rivers would flow in to a quiet confluence. Brahma also referred to it as Tirth Raj or the King of all pilgrimage centres. 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 formerly called Prayag.
Allahabad stands at the confluence of two of India’s holiest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna. Sangam, as the confluence is called, is the venue of many sacred fairs and rituals, and attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. This number swells to millions during the world-famous Kumbh Mela. An annual Magh Mela is also held in Allahabad around the Sangam areas in the month of January. (Magh is the name of month in Hindu calendar) A third mythical Saraswati river, believed to flow underground towards the Sangam, gives the confluence its other name Triveni. The ancient name of the city is Prayaga and is believed to be the spot where Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world.

It is one of four sites of the Kumbh Mela, the others being Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. It has a position of importance in the Hindu religion and mythology since it is situated at the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna, and Hindu belief says that the invisible Sarasvati River joins here also.
Bathing at the confluence of the three rivers - Triveni Sangam is considered special in the Hindu month of Magha - when the sun resides in Capricorn - especially on Makara Sankranti, Ratha Saptami, the full moon and new moon day.
Allahabad today is one of the largest cities of Uttar Pradesh and a major Hindu pilgrimage site. The annual bathing festival, the Magh Mela, is held in January when it is believed that the mythical Sarasvati River (River of Enlightenment) joins at the confluence. The Maha Kumbh Mela held once every twelve years attracts millions, who come to bath in the Ganges between January and February when it is believed that the water of the Ganges is transformed to nectar and washes away all sins.

Allahabad

Places to see in Allahabad
A dip in the holy Sangam of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati is a must for the spiritually inclined. Other places of interest are------
LokNath (For delicious food items of Pure Desi Ghee)
Shivkoti Mahadev Temple
Allahabad Fort
Someshwar Mahadev Temple
Patalpuri Temple
Anand Bhavan
Allahabad Planetarium
Allahabad Museum
Yamuna Bank Road
New Yamuna Bridge
Allahabad University
Pratisthan Pur (Jhunsi)
Patthar Girja
Company Bagh (Alfred Park)
Minto Park
Khusro bagh

How to reach Allahabad
By air-
Bamrauli airport lies 18 kms out of the city. The closest operational airport is at Varanasi, which is four hours away by road.
By train-
Allahabad is on the main broad gauge trunk line between Delhi and Calcutta. Trains on this line stop at the Allahabad Junction Station in the Civil Lines area.
By road-
The city is extremely well connected from all directions. The city is connected to most places in Uttar Pradesh and around by state and national highways.
Buses link Allahabad to all the major north Indian cities including Delhi

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