My one day visit to the city of Kumbh, yes “Prayagraj”. A friend’s wedding became a way for me to roam in this beautiful city. A city with a rich history. Prayagraj the city of Kumbh, I have visited this city countless times but still didn’t got any chance to explore the city much. But this time it was different, one day before the Vasant Panchami, I was in this city of Kumbh. I was really excited to roam this city.
Oh!!! One more thing, this city is the most populous in India according to the 2011 census. So, the day after it was Vasant Panchami and this city were full of devotees, taking bath in this holy river has special significance, people from all across the country visit this city to take a dip in this holy river.
In this blog, I am going to discuss the things that you can visit in this city, “Prayagraj – the Kumbh city”. But first, tell me one thing, do you know why this city is called the Kumbh city? If yes, then it’s great, and if no, then permit me to give you some background.
Why “Prayagraj – the Kumbh city”?
Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism. It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years at four river bank pilgrimage sites: Prayagraj (the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Sarasvati), Haridwar (the Ganges), Ujjain (the Shipra), Nashik (the Godavari).
The festival is traditionally credited to the 8th century by the Hindu philosopher and or we can say the “Jagat guru” Adi Shankara, as a part of his efforts to start major Hindu gatherings for philosophical discussions and debates along with Hindu monasteries across the Indian subcontinent.
You know there is ample evidence in historic manuscripts and inscriptions of an annual Kumbha Mela in Hinduism with a periodic larger gathering after 6 or 12 years where pilgrims gather in massive numbers and where one of the rituals includes a sacred dip in a holy river. You know one more thing the earliest mention of the Prayag and the bathing pilgrimage is found in Rigveda Parisista (supplement to the Rigveda). The Mahabharata mentions a bathing pilgrimage at Prayag as means of prayaschitt (atonement, penance) for the past mistake and the guilt.
Not only in our Hinduism but also Buddhism there is mention of this prayaga, the Buddha states that bathing in Prayaga cannot wash away your cruel and evil deeds, rather the virtuous one should be pure in heart and fair in action.
So, this was the history but you know what is common in this, in every part of the history there is mention of “the Prayag”.
This is the reason “Prayagraj” is called the city of Kumbh, there are many more reasons that may vary from my point of view. One more interesting fact is that, in 2019 Ardh Kumbh Mela and 2013 in the Maha Kumbha Mela, approximately 50 and 30 million people respectively bathe in the holy river Ganga, making them the largest peaceful gathering events in the world.
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Okay!! Coming to the point i.e., things to visit in “Prayagraj – the Kumbh city”. If you are visiting first time this city then: – https://youtu.be/WE1LvlW5RvI
1. Triveni Sangam
This is the place for which this city is famous for, here two rivers intersect each other (the Ganga and the Yamuna) it is said that the river Sarasvati meets here from inside the waves. This is a must-visit.
2. Prayagraj Fort
When you will be done with your holy dip in the Sangam, do visit the Prayagraj fort, it is adjacent to the Triveni Sangam, this fort was made in the ruling period of emperor Akbar, this fort is now the cantonment zone of the army, but still, there are some parts of the fort that are open for the public, inside the fort, there are temples too, one of the famous temples inside the fort is “Akshay wat” with a quite interesting history. Do a visit.
3. Bade Hanuman Ji
Temple of Bade Hanuman Ji, near the Triveni Sangam. Go with the dedication to meet Bade Hanuman Ji, because you will get a good rush in the temple.
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4. Khusro Bagh
Khusro Bagh is entered through an old doorway that is 60 feet high. Khusro was the elder brother of the Emperor Shah Jahan. He died in the year 1615 and the tomb was completed seven years later. The actual burial chamber is underground. It was enriched with plasterwork and was painted with birds and flowers and Persian inscriptions. West of the tomb is another tomb, which is believed to be the tomb of Khusro’s sister. The place is also known for famous ‘Allahabad Guavas’
5. Anand Bhawan
Anand Bhawan is an important part of Indian struggle for freedom during early 20th century. Among many things, you will find the personal correspondence and family photographs of the Nehru’s. Besides Anand Bhawan is Swaraj Bhawan, ancestral place of the Nehru clan. It offers a best way to know about Nehru family via its video shows which are scheduled hourly. Anand Bhawan and Swaraj Bhawan are the places which have served as the parliament in real sense during British era. Many important decisions and happenings have been witnessed by these monuments.
6. Allahabad University
Allahabad University is India’s 4th largest University of India (formally). It is a place to see some of the most beautiful monuments drenched in Gothic style. Zoological museum in Department of Zoology homes a unique collection of skeletons of mammoth and elephants.
7. Allahabad Museum
Spot for the lovers of ancient history. The museum is rich in the remains of the mighty city of Kaushambi and Srungverpur. Allahabad being a historical city, the museum offers a convenient way to explore the history of the city and vicinity.
8. Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred Park)
In 1870, Prince Alfred of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha visited Prayagraj (earlier known as Allahabad). A park, 133 acres in area and situated in the heart of the city’s English quarters, Civil Lines, was built to commemorate the event. In 1931, Chandra Shekhar Azad, a revolutionary freedom fighter was engaged in a fierce gunfight with the British in this park. Aged 24, Azad died here on 27 February 1931.
9. Yamuna Bridge
The images speak about the stupendous architecture of the New Yamuna Bridge. The view of the bridge during dawn and dusk is mesmerizing.
Also known as the Naini Bridge, the New Yamuna Bridge is among India’s longest cable-stayed bridges. It runs across the Yamuna River in the North-South direction, connecting Prayagraj to Naini. It was constructed in the year 2004 to minimize the traffic congestions over the Old Naini Bridge. The construction of the bridge was a joint responsibility of the Hindustan Construction Company and Hyundai Engineering and Construction.
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