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Allahabad


Fast Facts

North Indian city

Located at the confluence of 3 rivers: Ganges, Saraswati and Yamuna.

Did You Know

Ancient name of Allahabad was Prayaga

The city occupies an important position in Hindu mythology.

Fastest developing city in Uttar Pradesh.

Must Do

Visit the Maha Kumbha Mela that takes place every 3 years

Visit the Triveni Sangam -the site of confluence of 3 rivers: Ganges, Saraswati and Yamuna.

Introduction

Allahabad is a city in Uttar Pradesh state, India. The city is a hub of religious tourism and events like Maha Kumbh Mela and Triveni Sangam attracts many religious minded visitors. All these and more information can be had at Indianholiday.com.

Religious tourism:Allahabad is known in the Indian religious tourist circuit for two attractions: Maha Kumbha Mela and Triveni Sangam.

Maha Kumbha Mela: It is regarded as one of the most sacred Hindu celebrations. The mela occurs every 3 years. Maha Kumbha Mela takes place at the Triveni Sangam- the confluence of 3 rivers, Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna. It is believed that a bath in the festival days free the bather from the relentless birth-cycle.

Millions of practising Hindus participate in the festival. More than 35 million visitors were recorded in 2001. Participants include priests, yogis and saints of the Hindu religion. According to popular lore, a bath during Kumbh Mela days absolves the bather of all evils and sins. He or she attains salvation. Hindu religious texts repeatedly described the confluence waters as 'amrit' or elexir.

The Maha Kumbha festival lasts for 1 month. The most auspicious day for celebration is the day of the revered saint Amavasya. The banks of the sangam becomes choc-a-bloc with pilgrims on that day.

Triveni Sangam: It is the site for the confluence of 3 rivers- Ganges, Sarawati and Yamuna. Triveni Sangam is a very holy site for Hindus and finds mention in ancient texts. The Maha Kumbha Mela is held at this site. The area can be visited all the year around.

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