Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Allahabad – Ancient Vedic Charm In Midst Of Chaos

Quick Facts on Allahabad

Location: In the state of Uttar Pradesh
Significance: Sacred place for Hindus
What To See- Sangam, Akbar's Fort, Anand Bhawan, Allahabad museum
How To Reach: Allahabad is 135 west of Varanasi. It's one major cities in India and linked with other cities with railways, road network and airport.

Ardh Kumbh Mela
Allahabad is an auspicious spot for Hindus as this is the point where shallow Ganges meet clearer Yamuna river. Hindu pilgrims from distant places of India come to the place for sacred bath. Allahabad host some of the important spiritual fair as a result the number of pilgrims also manifolds. Magh Mela (mid January to mid February), Ardh Kumbh ( After every six years) and Kumbh Mela ( after every twelve years).

History Of Allahabad

Anand Bhawan - Heritage of Allahabad
Allahabad is an city of India also known as Prayag. The city inhabited from the Vedic age. once Aryans first settled in India, Kausambhi or Prayag was an important part of their domain. One of the earliest Aryan rulers, Vatsa ( a branch of Indo-Aryans) were the rulers of Hastinapur (near present Delhi). They established the then ruined town of Kaushambi near present day Allahabad or Prayag. In India’s oldest Epic Ramayana, Prayag projected as a place of rishis and sadhus home. Ramayana says, Lord Rama spent some time at the Ashram of Sage Bharadwaj in Prayag.

The Prayag was conquest by many empire and ruled by numerous dynasties. For long time it was an important part of Mauryan and Gupta dynasties and later on became a part of powerful Kannuaj empire. Archaeological relics describes Prayag was ruled by Kushana Dyanasty in the 1st century AD. Huien Tsang, the Chinese chronicler describes that he visited Prayag in 643 AD.

Delhi Sultanate ruled the place for many years after the town was arrogated by Mohammed Ghori in AD 1193. After Slave Dyanasty and later Mughals ruled the city and gave a prominence to the city. It was Salim ( Jehangir)  revolted against Akbar and ignored the royal summon to leave Allahabad and come back to Agra. Finally in 1766, when battle of Buxar was lost by combined force of Nawabs and Mughal empire Shah Alam II against British, they took over but they didn’t take over their full state but only established their garrison.

Sangam - famous pilgrimage of Hindus

Not To Miss

·         Sangam – Sangam is the place where muddy Ganga and low depth meets the clearer and much deeper Yamuna. Because of confluence of two principle religious river of India, Sangam holds much importance in Hindu’s life. After every six and twelve years Ardh and Kumbh Mela occurs here respectively. Another fair known as Magh occurs during the month of January and February. These fairs shows clear picture of religious India. You can also take a boat ride from Nehru and Saraswati Ghats, also do not miss Ganga aarti(river worship) ceremony.

·         Akbar’s Fort And Temples – Built by Mughal emperor Akbar, the fort is located on the northern bank of the river Yamuna. It has massive walls and three huge gateways. Most of the fort is occupied by Indian army but you can only visit another part of the Fort through a small gate in eastern part.  Other part an underground temple is situated known as Patalpuri temple. The specialty of the temple is crowned with many idol.

·         Hanuman Temple – The temple is small decrepit corrugated iron shed. Underneath there is a Hanumaan statue that always covered with masses of flowers thrown onto him by devotees.

Akbar's Fort Allahabad
·         Anand Bhavan and Swaraj Bhavan – Two storied Anand Bhavan is dedicated to Nehru family created great legacy of politics still continues. Anand Bhavan and Swaraj Bhavan both preserve Nehru Gandhi family’s books, personal belongings and photos from their era.

·         Allahabad Museum- This extensive museum preserves some archaeological items and rare belongings of  Nehru family items and modern paintings, miniatures and ancient sculptures.


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