Sangam and the Ghats

Sangam is the renowned spot for holy dip and offering prayers. This place is also known as Triveni Sangam. ‘Sangam’ meaning meet/merge, is so called because it is the point where the holy Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. One can hire boats from the Qila Ghat to see the actual spot where the rivers converge. Devotees also take bath in the river water with a belief to shed off their sins and attain ‘moksha’ (salvation). Devotees also immerse the ashes of their deceased relatives to help them achieve Moksha after death. The ghats are filled with swarming crowds. Nearby are the Saraswati and Nehru Ghats where evening Aartis take place.

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Akbar Fort

Built by Akbar in the 16th century this massive structure stands right over the edge of Sangam. Akbar wished to construct a huge fort in this pious place. It was a difficult fleet to accomplish as the footing would sink in the sand of Sangam. It is also known as the Allahabad Fort. Nowadays it is mostly used by the army hence major part of the fort is out of bounds but some of it is still open for visitors. One can visit the Patalpuri Mandir which is in the underground part of the fort. It is believed that in this temple Lord Rama paid last rites to his father. The temple has many colourful idols. Outside the temple is the Akshayvat tree which has its own history.

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Bade Hanuman Ji Temple

This temple is also known as ‘Lete Hanuman’ Mandir. It is very close to the Akbar/Allahabad fort. The temple is a red structure and inside it is an underground pit where a huge statue of Lord Hanuman present in a lying position, one of its side half immersed in water. As the water level rises in the Monsoon season it is believed that the river rises to touch Lord Hanuman's feet. The legend goes that Hanuman rested here after burning Lanka. In the vicinity of the temple there is a peepal tree and also another temple called the ‘Janaki Temple’.

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Khusro Bagh

 A walled garden that contains four important Mughal tombs built in the 17th century. This emerald garden complex has a rich history. One of the tombs belong to Prince Khusro who was the eldest son of Jahangir. Another one belongs to Khusro’s mother Shah Begum. The third tomb was constructed by Khusro’s sister Nesa Begum is beautiful to look at with multiple artistic carvings over it but remains empty. The last one which is smaller is known as Tamerlan's tomb and remains a secret. The artistic beauty of the place leaves the visitors awestruck. The beautiful arches, domes and chhatris are worth the time and admiration.

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Anand Bhawan

A beautiful double storey building is an erstwhile ancestral home of the Nehru family. This stately mansion is where the planning to overthrow the British Raj was done by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Inside the buildng are neatly preserved books, personal relics and photos belonging to the Nehru family, now a part of the Indian history and heritage. Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India got married here in 1942. The complex is also a home to the Jawahar Planetarium which runs educational shows every hour from 11.30AM to 4.30PM. 

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Allahabad Museum

The Allahabad Museum located in the Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Company Bagh) is among the National level museums of India. A well-kept repository of historical artefacts, paintings, sculptures and photographs sprawl across galleries of the museum. There is a striking statue of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad twirling his moustaches outside the red -bricked building. The museum is about 3 kms from Allahabad railway junction and almost equidistant from Prayag and Rambagh Railway Stations and about 12 km from Bamrauli Airport. The beautiful location, large sprawling green lawn and nicely laid out garden has given it a special attraction. It was originally established under the aegis of Allahabad Municipality in 1931 with a small collection of model of birds and animals. In the same complex lies the Gandhi Smriti Vahan which was used to carry the ashes of Gandhi to the Sangam.

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All Saint’s Cathedral

All Saints Cathedral in Allahabad was built in the late 19th century and today stands remarkably as a colonial structure. The intricate work and designs on the marble altar and the stained glass panel with the grand pulpit along with its arches in pale sandstone makes the building more attractive. The Anglican Church has a Gothic style of architecture, which makes it a major tourist attraction in Allahabad. All Saints Cathedral Church is also referred to as “Patthar Girja” (Stone Church). This landmark was designed by the British architect Sir William Emerson, in the year 1870. The church is located at the Sarojini Naidu Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad, and is open only on Sundays from dawn to dusk.

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Nag Vasuki Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vasuki, the king of serpents, this temple is visited by a large number of devotees and tourists every year during Nag Panchami. The name of the holy Nag Vasuki Temple is also found in the Puranas. As mentioned in the Matsya Purana, it is said that the temple extends from the Pratishthana to the Vasuki pond and further to the area that is supposed to be the abode of the Nagas. Nag Vasuki Temple, is situated on the banks of the Holy River Ganga in the Daraganj area of Allahabad. 

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Mankameshwar Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated inside the cantonment area of the city, at the edge of river Yamuna. The temple is located very close to the Saraswati Ghat. Mankameshwar means the god who fulfils all the wishes. This ancient Shiv Temple is open on all days of the year from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The best time to visit this temple is on Mondays and Shivratri.

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Ulta Qila

Ulta Kila is in the Jhunsi area 14 kms away from Allahabad. The Name Ulta Kila was derived out of a story about a King named King Haribong who ruled Jhunsi. The King was said to be a man without a virtue and his decisions always resulted in a loss to the people of his town. One day he gave something wrong to a saint to eat, the saint cursed him that a star would fall on his fort, which would turn it upside down. Thus, by the orders of the Saint Ali Murtaza, the Mirrikh star fell on this fort and since then the fort is upside down. 

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ISKCON ALLAHABAD

The ISKCON temple of Allahabad is situated near the banks of river Yamuna. The temple has a small complex with a Dharmashala for the devotees along with a goshala. There has been a massive growth in the number of devotees over the past years. The Sri Radha Veni Madhava deities were installed in the year 2003. The temple is a peaceful place and has a calm environment. This beautiful temple is open to everyone. The devotees can also meditate here.

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SHREE AKHILESHWAR MAHADEV

Shree Akhileshwar Mahadev complex is spread over an area of about 500 sq. feet in Allahabad near Rasulabad Ghat road under Chinmaya Mission. The foundation stones were laid on 30th October, 2004 by Parampoojya Swami Tejomayanandaji and Poojya Swami Subodhanandaji of Chinmaya Mission. Pink sand stones from Rajasthan are being carved and fixed to give shape to Shree Akhileshwar Mahadev Dhyan Mandapam over the Foundation floor. The foundation floor is designed to accommodate a Satsang Bhavan having a capacity of about 300 persons and all the essential services for Shree Akhileshwar Mahadev.

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