Allahabad, the largest city in Uttar Pradesh, is a very important city in many cases. It is not only a significant pilgrim center of Hindus, but it has also played an important role in the formation of today’s India. Earlier, Allahabad, popularly known as Prayag, is also found in the Ramayana and Mahabharata along with the Vedas.
History of Allahabad
In 1575, Mughal Emperor Akbar named the city Allahabad, which later became known as Allahabad. Actually, Akbar had recognized the importance of Allahabad as a waterway in northern India and he also constructed a beautiful fort on the banks of the Holy Congregation. Centuries later Allahabad contributed a lot in the fight against the British rule. Allahabad is where the Indian National Congress was established in 1885 and in 1920, Mahatma Gandhi initiated the non-violence movement from here too. During British rule, Allahabad used to be the headquarters of the northwestern province. Records of this era can still be seen in Allahabad’s Mure College and All Saint Catholics.
Allahabad as a pilgrimage center
Currently, Allahabad is the form of the main pilgrim center of the Hindus. According to legends, Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, chose Allahabad for ‘Prakruti Yajna’. On the basis of the sanctity of this city, he gave it the name ‘Tirtha Raj’ on this basis. That is, the king of all pilgrimage places. According to Allahabad Ganga, Jamuna and folklore, there is also a meeting place of Saraswati river, which is known by the name of Sangam. This Sangam is the center point of many religious rituals and festivals. Not only during India’s largest gathering Mahakumbh on Earth, people from all over the world come here and take a holy dip in the river.
Kumbh Mela of Allahabad
Mahakumbh is organized every 12 years. The Mahakumbh was organized from January 27 to March 10 this year. About 100 million people gathered this year, who broke past all the records. In addition to the Maha Kumbha, half kumbha is organized every six years. Every year in January, the Magh Mela is organized in Sangam area. During this, in the cooling pools, people also dive in the river to wash their sins. During Kumbh, the number of tourists in Allahabad is greatly increased. Allahabad is the religious, cultural and historical property of India in every round. Many scholars like Mahadevi Verma, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru and Murli Manohar Joshi came out of Allahabad. Undoubtedly, glimpse of religion, culture and history can be clearly seen during Allahabad tour.
Allahabad and nearby tourist sites
There is a lot to roam in Allahabad. The tourist spots include temples, fort and university. Due to being a center of pilgrimage, there are many famous temples here. It is the head of the Knowlpuri temple, Hanuman temple, the big Hanumanji Temple, Shivkoti Mahadev Temple, Alopi Devi Temple, Kalyani Devi Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Nagavasuki Temple and Benimahadev Temple. Walking Ananda Bhawan in Allahabad can also be an interesting experience. It is the book house of Jawaharlal Nehru and it used to be the headquarters of politicians during the freedom movement of India. Allahabad can be seen in many chronicles of British and Mughal periods. These include Allahabad Fort, Minto Park, Alfred Park, Thornhill Main Memorial and Khusro Bagh. While Alfred Park is the largest green area in the city, Khusro Bagh is associated with the Mughal period. Allahabad is an important center in the field of education. Here, Allahabad University is the oldest university of English language of India. This university was started by Sir William Mure and there is also Mure College in his name in the city. Ewing Christian College is another important center in the field of teaching. Alahd also has Allahabad Public Library in the city. There is also Jawahar Planitarium in Allahabad, where you can see the Solar System and the stars. How can the Allahabad High Court be forgotten? This was the first High Court established in India.
Best time to visit Allahabad
It is best to walk in Allahabad from November to March. The temperature here is quite high in other months. However, due to being a pilgrimage center, there is a huge gathering of tourists during religious festivals.
How to reach Allahabad
If you are planning to travel to Allahabad, you can easily reach here by air, rail and road.