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Location and How to Reach

Allahabad is located at 200 kilometers from the capital of U. P., Lucknow. It is among India’s fastest growing cities. The city is famous because of its rich culture, religious place and education. According to an old Indian myth, Lord Brahma, the Indian Hindu God attributed with the creation of the universe offered a ceremonial sacrifice after creating our planet at Prayag, thereby deeming this city as one of the main pilgrimage destinations for pious Hindus.

The Kumbh Mela held at Prayag (Allahabad) is the most grand of all the four Kumbh Melas and is the holiest of them all. On the auspicious dates of the ‘Shahi Snaan’ (Royal Bath) during Kumbh Mela, lakhs of pilgrims flock the banks of the confluence of three revered rivers, Ganga, Yamuma & Saraswati at the point of confluence aptly called ‘Triveni Sangam’ (union of the three in Sanskrit) to take a holy dip in river with a belief that this act would wash off their sins.

The Kumbh Mela of Allahabad or Prayag, has always been grand owing to it being the site of the Maha Kumbh Mela which takes places once in 144 years-meaning the Mela has completed twelve 12-year-cycles and come back to the original site.

The ‘Ardha Kumbh Mela’ takes place once in six years and is hence aptly called Half Kumbh Mela’ in translation. For those who for some reason could not make it to the Kumbh Mela’s that take place once in three years, they can attend the ‘Magh Mela’, which is the annual adaptation of the Kumbh Mela that’s held in Allahabad.

Shahi Snaan Dates

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To witness the Kumbh Mela unfold is to experience the revelry of an age old culture. As the convoy of mystics and godmen march past in chariots, camels, elephants and other traditional transport, the aura of faith engulfs you and traps you in the trance of serenity you will pine for post the celebrations and The Royal Bath is where the ‘Yatra’ (journey) of faith replenishes itself. Living the life of a mystic or a person of faith for one day is worth the try.

Following are the auspicious dates for The Royal Bath

January 27 2013 – Paush Purnima

February 6 2013 – Ekadashi Snan

February 10 2013 – Mauni Amavasaya Snan

February 15 2013 – Basant Panchami Snan

February 17 2013 – Rath Saptami Snan

February 18 2013 – Bhishma Ekadashi Snan

February 25 2013 – Maghi Purnima Snan

This year nearly one crore pilgrimages are expected to come to Prayag and take bath in the Sangam.

How to Reach Allahabad:

Air

One can reach Allahabad by booking a flight to Allahabad Airport which is Bamrauli Air Force Base. It is well connected to Delhi through Air India.

One can also opt for landing at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport ,Varanasi Which is just 120 kilometers from Allahabad and 110 km from Sangam.

A flight to Amausi International Airport in Lucknow can also be taken which is located 200 kilometers from Allahabad.

Train:

Allahabad is connected to all major Indian cities by rail. It also happens to be the headquarters of the North Central Railway. The main stations for Kumbh Mela are  – Allahabad Junction, Prayag Station, Jhunsi Station, Prayag Ghat (Daragunj), Naini and Allahabad City (Rambagh Railway Station).

It is well connected to various important places of India as Mumbai, New Delhi, Lucknow, Cuttack, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Jabalpur, Gwalior etc by direct trains. If you don’t get a direct train, there are many connecting trains available. Major trains that connect

Delhi to Allahabad

Kolkata Mail

Prayagraj Express

Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express

Kolkata Rajdhani

Patna Rajdhani

New Delhi Allahabad Duronto

Poorva Express

Shivganga Express

Mumbai to Allahabad

Rajendranagar Janata Express

Kolkata Mail

Pawan Express

Godaan Express

Chennai to Allahabad

Sangamitra Express.

Bangalore to Allahabad

Sangamitra Express ( It chugs from Chennai through Bangalore as it travels)

Kolkata Rajdhani Express

Howrah Jodhpur Express

Guwahati to Allahabad

Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express

Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express

For more detail of the train from various stations one can log in www.irctc.co.in

Road

If you are driving to Allahabad, you can drive to either National Highway 2 or National Highway 27 which run directly through the city. The 84.7 kilometer long four lane Allahabad Bypass Project which reduces the pressure on other roads going to the city was completed in 2005. So if you are planning to enter Allahabad from the north, this is a great route to choose.

Allahabad also has two bus stands that serve for buses coming from different directions.

Zero Road Bus Stand caters to buses from the south.as Mahoba, Satna etc.

M. G. Road Bus Stand caters to buses from the east and west as Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Kanpur Varanasi.

Other Main Places to Visit

Veni Madhav Temple:

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This is the temple of Lord Vishnu which is situated at Daragunj, on the bank of river Ganga just 2 kms away from Sangam.

Mankameshwar Temple

This is the temple of Lord Shiv which is situated at Saraswati Ghat, on the bank of river Yamuna just 1 km away from Sangam.

Alopshankari Temple:

This secret place is believed as a Shaktipeeth. From this place Godess disappeared thus this place is named as Alopshankari. This temple is sichuated at Alopibagh which is just 2 kms away from Sangam.

NagVashuki Temple

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This is the temple of Lord Sheshnag which is situated at Daragunj, on the bank of river Ganga just 2 kms away from Sangam.

Lete Hanumanji

This temple is situated at Sangam area. This is the only temple in which Hanumanji is on laying situation. This temple has a great importance for Hindu.

Bhardwaj Asharm

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This is the place from where Lord Ram, his brother Laxman and wife Sita stayed during their exile from Ayodhya. This place is situated near Anand Bhawan. Rishi Bhardwaj was a great Hindu saint.

Lalita Devi Temple:

This temple is situated at Meerapur which is nearly 8 kms away from the Sangam. This is one of the Shaktipeeth among 51 Shaktipeeths of Hindu religious belief.

Kalyani Devi Temple:

This temple is situated at Kalyani Devi locality which is nearly 8 kms away from the Sangam. This is a Sidhpeeth Temple. The Idol of Devi Kalyani of this temple is 1500 years old.

Allahabad Fort

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This fort is located near the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna. It is home to the Akshayavat (Immortal Tree) and is also believed to be the source of the mystic Saraswati River.

Its underground section houses the Patalpuri Temple which is an old shrine dedicated to Lord Ram, marking the remarkable balance and co-existence of Hindu and Muslim cultures.

Although this fort is a military controlled spot, few areas of it are available for public access. The Akshayavat which is believed to be a tree that grants immortality for instance is inaccessible by civilians.

Patalpuri Temple

One of the oldest temples of Hindu religion, the Patalpuri Temple is located in the underground section of Allahabad Fort. A belief prevails that Lord Ram visited this place and hence a shrine was built to commemorate the same. One must obtain a permit from the tourist office or ordnance depot to gain access to this shrine owing to the sensitivity of the location.

Anand Bhawan

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This is the ancestral home of the politically involved Nehru family and today serves as a museum preserving all the artifacts that were used by the family back then.

Allahabad Museum and Chandrashekhar Azad Park:

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allahabad museumThis museum is rich in its exhibits of Nicholas Roerich paintings, terracotta artworks, Rajasthani miniature art, coins, and stone sculptures from 2nd Century BC. This place is also famous because a great patriot of India Chandrashekhar Azad shot himself as he dint want to be arrested by Britishers. In the history of Indian Freedom Fight he played very important role.

 

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