Tourist Attractions Allahabad
The Sangam is the meeting point of three holy rivers
- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. At the Sangam, a few drops of
nector is believed to have fallen… making the waters truly
magical. The place comes alive, during the Kumbh Mela and the
Ardh Kumbh, attracting millions of devotees from all across the
country. The Sangam is the site for important fares and
festivals, the year round.
The lofty Allahabad Fort, built by
Emperor Akbar Stands close to the Sangam. It can be best
appreciated from boats on the river. Much of the fort remains in
military occupation, public access is restricted to the corner
around the Patalpuri temple and the 'Akshayavata' or the undying
tree. At the main gate of the fort, stands the restored polished
stone Ashokan Pillar dating back to 232 B.C. The 10.6 metre high
pillar has several edicts recorded on it along with the Persian
incription by Emperor Jahangir, at the occasion of his accession
to the throne. Permission is required from Administrative
Officer, Ordnance Depot, Fort, for entering into the area where
'Akshayavat' is situated.
The underground temple, inside the
fort, with the Akshayavat or immortal tree is said to have been
visited by Lord Rama.
The Hanuman temple also near the Sangam,
houses the largest unique reclining image of Lord Hanuman. It is
believed that the river rises during the annual floods to touch
the feet of the image before receding back.
Shankar Viman Mandapam
This is a 130 ft. high
structure with four floors, and idols of Kumaril Bhatt, Jagat
Guru Shankaracharya, Kamakshi Devi, Tirupati Balaji (with 108
Vishnus), Yogshastra sahastrayoga Linga (having 108 Shivas) adorn
Khusru Bagh is a walled
garden where remains of Prince Khusro, the eldest son of
Jahangir, lie buried in a simple sandstone mausoleum. His mothe
Shah Begum is buried next to him.
Several history making
events of the freedom struggle took place here. Today, this
ancestral home of the Nehru Family, houses a Museum displaying
the memorabilia of the family. Visiting time 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and Government Holidays.
This is the old Anand
Bhawan, which in 1930, was donated to the Nation by Motilal
Nehru. He also renamed it Swaraj Bhawan. Open 9.30 a.m. to 1.00
p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Lord Rama is said to have
visited this Ashram during his exile. It's also associated with
Beni Madhav Temple
An old Lakshmi Narain Temple
in Daraganj locality, where Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is believed to
have paid his homage.