Allahabad is famous for being the meeting point of three rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati.
Updated: September 29, 2019
Allahabad is famous for being the meeting point of three rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati. Built on the site of the ancient town of Prayag, Allahabad is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. The largest Hindu gathering happens on the banks of the Sangam called the Maha Kumbh Mela. The Maha Kumbh Mela is a religious occasion that is held here every twelve years and is attended by millions of pilgrims from all across the world.
The Kumbh Mela is a very important event for Hinduism which is held in at four different areas. A huge number of Hindus arrive at the fair to bath in the holy rivers, a ritual meant to cleans them of sin and bring purity to their lives. The Kumbh Mela is held every three years in a rotation between Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik, and Ujjain, thus occurring once every twelve years at each destination. The Kumbh Mela in Allahabad is held at Prayaga, the site of the convergence of the three holy rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, and Sarasvati, known as Triveni Sangam. Ardh Kumbh Melas are organised every six years at Haridwar.
Just a few kilometres away from Varanasi, Allahabad is most famous for being home to the Triveni Sangam. All three rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati are highly revered rivers in Indian mythology, and hence the confluence point of these rivers hold tremendous religious importance. Taking a bath in the holy Triveni Sangam is supposed to flush away all the sins and free you from the cycle of rebirth according to Hindu mythology. If you take a boat ride to the gently flowing waters of Ganga and Yamuna, you will be able to make out the difference in colours of water from the two rivers when brownish Ganga meets the greenish Yamuna.
Khusro Bagh is the surprise element in the town that is named after Khusro Mirza, the son of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The tombs of Khusro Bagh, as well as its wall art and stone carvings, clearly reflect the architecture of the Mughal period. The Allahabad Fort is another monument of historical significance and is heritage site recognized by the UNESCO. This fort is also a fine example of the curation and craftsmanship of the Mughal era that was built during the reign of Akbar.
Other popular places to visit in Allahabad include the Anand Bhavan, the All Saints Cathedral, the Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, and the Allahabad Museum.
Anand Bhavan is the former residence of Nehru family which has now been transformed into a museum showcasing various artefacts and articles of the era of Independence movement in India. This Nehru residence was designed by Motilal Nehru, a notable independence movement leader, and politician.
The house was beautifully adorned with the wooden furniture imported from China and Europe and was decorated with various artefacts from all around the world.
Allahabad Museum is situated inside the famous Chandrashekar Azad park, where he sacrificed his life. The museum is most famous for its rock sculptors, the miniature paintings from Rajasthan, terracotta from Kaushambi, literary and artwork from Bengal School of Art.
As the museum displays some great artefacts of the art, history, archaeology, architecture, environment and literature, it gives the visitors a beautiful insight into the history, culture, heritage and independence movement of India. Beginning from the historic era of Harappan civilisation, the artefacts of the medieval period, the carvings from the Gupta period and Khajuraho, to the Independence struggle of India against the British, Allahabad museum is a treasure of Indian history.
Allahabad Planetarium was built beside Anand Bhawan in 1979 and is also known as the Jawahar Museum. It features a moon model and also features a part where visitors can find their weight on Moon and Jupi.
This 16th century structure was constructed by Emperor Akbar which is placed outside the Allahabad Fort. The exterior of the Ashoka Pillar has inscriptions from Ashoka in the Brahmi script. Even Samudragupta and Jahangir have added some inscriptions later in the Gupta script, a refined version of Brahmi.
Allahabad Fort is a fort built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh in 1583. The fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near its confluence with the river Ganges. It is recognized by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.