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
|Ardh Kumbh Mela|
History Of Allahabad
|Anand Bhawan - Heritage of Allahabad|
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 – 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|
· Allahabad Museum- This extensive museum preserves some archaeological items and rare belongings of Nehru family items and modern paintings, miniatures and ancient sculptures.