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Allahabad At A Glance

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Allahabad is one among the largest cities in uttar Pradesh. This particular city is found in the place where the three rivers such as Yamuna, Ganga and Saraswathi meet together, which is also known as Triveni and is considered to be a very sacred place for the hindus. In the ancient days, the city was named as Prayag. As per the Hindu mythological descriptions, in this place there was a Prakrista Yagna performed by Lord Brahma during the time of creation. In Huan Tsang’s literary works, there is a mention of the city of Prayag or Allahabad.

Allahabad is the place where the kumbha mela is held once in every 12 years when the water of the rivers is considered to be very pure. This is one of the very sacred occasions for the hindu people during which time people in millions gather at the confluence of the three rivers to take a bath in the waters which is quite an holy occasion.

Although having a long reputation since the ancient times, it also has many areas which reflect modernity and has produced a number of academicians and administrators. In the city, the common modes of transport are tongas and rickshaws along with buses and taxis. People who visit or live in Allahabad have many cherished memories. Apart from muslims and hindus, there are people from the Christian and jain communities.

History

Allahabad is a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh which is one of the largest in the state and has a location at the meeting point of the three sacred rivers of Yamuna, Ganga and Saraswathi, also known as Triveni. Presently a major sacred location for hindus, the city in the ancient days had a predominantly Aryan population, when the city was named as Prayag. The meaning of Prayagasya Praveshshu Papam Nashwati Tatkshanam tells all about the Prayag which means sins of people can be washed off with a mere entry into the soil of this city. This is one of the mythologically significant and historical sites of India. Not only are the memories of the visit to this place are long lasting, but it aptly reflects the Indian culture with so many coexisting religions.

Geography

The city of Allahabad is situated in the south half of map of Uttar Pradesh and is at a height of 322 ft. Three rivers of Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna join at this location. Another name for this region in the earlier days was Vats country. Bagelkhand is towards the southeast and south part of the Allahabad while the north and northeast are bounded by Awadh. Eastern side has ganges valley of Purvanchal, south west has the region of bundelkhand, and the doab region makes the western part along with the Kaushambi.

The districts located around are pratapgarh in north, rewa in south, Sant Ravi Das Nagar in the east while Kaushambhi in the west.

Climate

Allahabad has the same climatic condition which is common to many of the north central Indian cities, which is subtropical and humid. Entire climate in the city can be divided into cool dry winter, hot dry summer and warm humid monsoon. Summer in Allahabad extends from april to june with the highest temperature hovering arund 40-45 deg C. From the month of July to that of September, is the monsoon season, while winter season is experienced from December to February.

Tourist places

Sangam

The meeting point of the Ganges, the Yamuna and Saraswathi is where the place known as Sangam is located and is about 7 km away from the Civil Lines. During the Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12th year in Allahabad, hindu followers come to the city of Allahabad, which is also responsible for making this city as one of the best tourist attractions.

Allahabad Fort

Allahabad fort has a vast collection of design, architecture, art and craft works, which was constructed at about 1583 AD by Akbar. People can see the Saraswathi Kup, Jodhabai Palace and Ashok pillar.

Patalpuri Temple And Akshaya Vat

These are two temples built underground, in the Allahabad fort, which also has been known to have an association with Lord Rama. Akshaya Vat is a large tree present inside the premises of the temple since many many years back and is worshipped by the hindus.

Anand Bhawan

This is the house of the Nehrus which present days has many historical anecdotes and a memorabilia of Nehru-Gandhi family. It is one beautiful museum of the country.

Swaraj Bhawan

This Bhawan is found near to the Anand Bhawan and wa constructed under the directions of Pt. Moti Lal Nehru. This is the house where Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the previous prime minister of India was born.

Khusrau Bagh

This is a large garden or Bagh where the mausoleums of Khusrau, the rajput mother of his and sister are located.

Hanuman Mandir

Near the Allahabad fort is the Hanuman Mandir, which has been well known because Lord Hanuman ‘s idol has been laid down in a reclining position.

Allahabad Museum

Allahabad Museum is located near the Chandra Sekhar Azad Park, and houses many modern and contemporary artefacts such as paintings done by Nicholas Roerich, miniatures from Rajasthan, figurines made from terracotta, stone sculptures belonging to 2nd century BC and some coins collected from ancient times till date.

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