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Places to see in Allahabad Ilahabad Prayag

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    Best time to Visit Allahabad Ilahabad Prayag: Whole Year

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage,Culture & Festival
    Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Allahabad is crowned in ancient scriptures as ‘Prayag’ or ‘Teertharaj’ and is considered the holiest of pilgrimage centres of India.

    The city's original name – Prayag, or "place of offerings" – comes from its position at the Sangam (confluence) of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati rivers at this place. 
    The city was later named to Allahabad or Ilahabad by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 which literally means the Garden of Allah in Urdu. 

    The city is visited by numerous pilgrims and tourist throughout the year.

    Allahabad is known to host the largest gatherings of pilgrims on the earth, during the Kumbh (once in every 6 years) and Mahakumbh (once in every 12 years). The city gets an complete facelift during these events.
     
    Allahabad has been a witness to many important events in India's freedom struggle such as emergence of the first Indian National Congress in 1885, the beginning of Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence movement in 1920.
    There are many historic sites as well in this sacred city.


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    Triveni sangam

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    Triveni Sangam is the "confluence" of three rivers. The Triveni Sangam at Allahabad, is confluence of sacred Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. A dip in this water is said to flush away all of one's sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth. The 3 rivers maintain their identity and are visibly different as they merge. While the Yamuna is deep, calm, and greenish in colour, the Ganga is shallow, forceful, and clear. The Saraswati remains hidden, but the faithful believe that she makes her presence felt underwater. During the monsoon, when the rivers are in full flow, the confluence is seen clearly due to the force of the water. During Kumbha Mela, millions of devotees flock to this place to take a dip in this holy waters.
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      Allahabad Fort

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      The ancient fort was said to have been originally built by the great emperor Ashoka but was repaired by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583. The Allahabad Fort is located near the triveni sangam confluence and is the largest fort built by Akbar. The fort comprises of high watchtowers that guard the 3 galleries in the fort complex. The important monuments and buildings inside are the Zanana palace for the women, the Saraswati Koop which is considered as the source of the Saraswati River and a 3rd century BC Ashoka Pillar. The fort is presently used by the army and a limited area is opened for visitors.
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        Hanuman Mandir

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        Hanuman Mandir is located near Triveni Sangam. This famous temple houses one big idol (20 feet long and 8 feet wide) of Lord Hanuman in a reclined posture. When the water of Ganga overflows, the temple gets submerged. According to mythology, the water level rises because the Ganga wants to touch the feet of Lord Hanuman.
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          Patalpuri Temple

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          Located inside the Allahabad Fort is the underground temple called Patalpuri. The temple is famous for housing an immortal banyan tree known as Akshaya Vat. The tree has been mentioned in several ancient scriptures and writings of historians. Patalpuri Temple, one of the oldest temples in India.
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            Asoka Pillar

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            Asoka Pillar, a 10.6 meters (35 feet) high figure, is located in the front of the entrance to the Allahabad Fort. The pillar dates back to 232 BC. Made of polished sandstone, the pillar contains several Asokan edicts and a Persian inscription of the great Mughal Emperor, Jehangir.
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              Ananda Bhawan

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              Anand Bhavan was constructed in the 1930’s by the Indian leader Motilal Nehru as the Nehru Family residence. This large bungalow is now turned into museum and houses the memorabilia of the Nehru family.
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                Jawahar Planetarium

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                Jawahar Planetarium was built in 1979 and is situated beside Anand Bhavan.
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                  Khusro Bagh

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                  Khusro Bagh, a historic garden built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1622 AD. This walled garden is a home to three mausoleums which are built in the Mughal style of architecture. The three tombs are fine specimens of Mughal arts and architecture and are decorated with stone carvings and motifs.
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                    Alfred Park / Chandrashekhar Azad Park

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                    Chandrashekhar Azad Park is also known as Alfred Park or Company Bagh. It is a public park spread over 133 acres. Allahabad Museum, Victoria Memorial, and the Public Library are located near this park.
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                      All Saints Cathedral

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                      All Saints Cathedral is a beautiful church in Allahabad. It was built in 1887 by the British. The church is 31 meters high and is built in Gothic style architecture, with white stone with red sandstone dressings. It is one of the oldest churches in India and is popularly known as Patthar Girjaghar among the local people.
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                        Kumbh Mela

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                        According to legend, Vishnu was carrying a kumbh (pot) of amrita (nectar), when a scuffle broke out between the gods, and four drops were spilled. They fell to earth at the four tirthas of Prayag, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. The event is commemorated every three years by the Kumbh Mela, held at each tirtha in turn. It is considered to be the greatest and holiest event of all.
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