What to See
Triveni Sangam: This is the holiest point in Allahabad, the confluence of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. While the muddy brown waters of Ganga and the translucent green of Yamuna are clearly visible, it is believed that Saraswati flows and meets these two rivers underneath the surface. This is also believed to be the spot where the drops of holy nectar fell, thus sanctifying it. A wash here is believed to free one of all sins. In fact, so sacred is this spot that legends have it that even Gods have a dip here to wash off their sins! You can hire the services of the several boats anchored here to take a dip. This Sangam is especially crowded during the Kumbh and Ardha Kumbh Melas.
Allahabad Fort: Constructed by Akbar, this fort is located near the confluence site. Believed to be the largest fort built by Akbar, it houses three magnificent galleries, the zenana, Jodhabai Palace, the Persian inscribed Ashoka Pillar and the Saraswati Koop, believed to be the origin of the River Saraswati. Inside the fort is also Patalpuri, the underground temple and the much-revered Akshaya Vat or immortal Banyan tree. This fort is now used by the Indian army and only a limited area is open to the visitors.
Patalpuri Temple & Akshaya Vat: This underground temple located within the Allahabad Fort is said to be the site where Lord Rama performed the pinda daan for his forefathers. It finds special mention in the travelogue of the Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang, who visited India in A.D 644. Also located within the temple is the famous Akshaya Vat or the Immortal Tree, which is one of the most revered trees among the Hindus.
Open from: 7.00 am-5.00 pm Note - You require a permit from the Ordnance Depot or the Tourist Office for visiting this.
Bade Hanumanji Mandir: Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this underground temple is possibly the only temple to house his idol in a reclining position. Near his head are idols of Lord Rama and Lakshmana. Bright orange in colour and measuring to almost 9 ft long, this temple is said to have great powers. In fact, a talk around the place would reveal to you that during monsoons, when the water level of the Sangam rises, it only reaches his feet and recedes.
Open from: 5.30 am-9.00 pm
Mankameshwar Temple: This temple is believed to have been erected by Lord Rama when Sita wanted to pray to Lord Shiva. Literally meaning "the fulfilment of wishes", it is said that a wish by a true faithful would never go unanswered here.
Open from: 6.00 am-9.00 pm
Kalyani Devi Temple: Allahabad is considered one of the sacred Shaktipeeths, since Sati's fingers are believed to have fallen here. The idol within the temple is believed to be over a thousand years old. The Chaitra Navaratri in March and the Ashwin Navaratri in October are celebrated greatly here.
Open from: 5.30 am-10.30 pm
Lalita Devi Temple: Brightly dressed in rich and ornamented clothing, this temple is dedicated to Lalita Devi, a manifestation of Sati. A Bargad Ghat near the temple is believed to be very sacred. Within the temple is a smaller shrine housing a shivling made of mercury. During the Chaitra Navaratri, special idols of the goddess are brought in from Bengal, and later immersed at the Saraswati Ghat. Every morning, a prasad of dal, rice, puri and subzi is given out to devotees.
Open from: 4.00 am-noon; 4.00 pm-11.00 pm
Alepidevi Temple: Surprisingly, this temple is devoid of a shrine or an idol. Instead, people worship a swing inside, which is believed to have been used by the Devi. Offerings of flowers and coconuts are made to this swing.
Open from: 5.00 am-2.00 pm; 4.00 pm-9.00 pm
Nagvasuki Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Nagaraj, the Lord of Snakes, who is depicted carrying the burden of the world on his shoulders. The temple also houses a unique image of Bheeshma Pitamah in a supine position. This temple is greatly visited during the annual festival of Nag Panchami.
Open from: 6.00 am-2.00 pm, 4.00 pm-9.00 pm
Khusrau Bagh: Typically Mughal in its design, the garden is accessible by an 18 m high gateway. This garden houses the tomb of Prince Khusrau, son of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir, who was jailed and executed after an unsuccessful rebellion and a plot to assassinate his father. Nearby are the tombs of his sisters and a two storied tomb of his mother.
Allahabad Museum: Located at Kamala Nehru Road inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, this historically important museum has 18 galleries containing a wide range of arts and artefacts. The objects on display include Indus Valley antiques, gold coins, stone sculptures, bronzes, seals, inscriptions, miniature paintings, Buddhist thangkas, textiles, weapons and the personal contribution of Nehru. The terracotta collection is said to be the largest and include charming scenes like folk dances, birds, feasting and hunting. A highlight you must watch out for is the head of Shiva emerging from a stone linga.
Open from: 10.30 am-4.30 pm (closed on Mondays)
Anand Bhawan: This was the former ancestral home of the Nehru family. Donated to the Indian government in 1970, it was later turned into a museum. The exhibits in this two-storied building seen through glass panels include personal items of Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and her sons Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Visit the study for a glance at huge bookshelves filled with books dedicated to Marx and Lenin. The outhouse has a picture gallery dedicated to the life and times of the former first family. Adjacent to the Anand Bhawan is a museum, where an audio-visual presentation 'The Story of Independence' is held. Also take out time to visit the Jawahar Planetarium, which holds regular shows on astronomy.
Open from: Anand Bhawan - 9.30 am-5.00 pm (closed on Mondays)
Jawahar Planetarium - 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 12.00am, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.00 pm, 5.00 pm (closed on Mondays)
All Saint's Cathedral: Typically European in its design, this cathedral is described as the finest Anglican cathedral in Asia. Its Gothic style is a remarkable example of colonial architecture and the cathedral still retains much of its stained glass work and its impressive marble altar.
Public Library: Located in Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, this is the oldest library in the city. It sports gothic designs and houses approximately 75,000 rare books and manuscripts, government publications, parliamentary papers and blue books of the 19th century.
Minto Park: Also known as Madan Mohan Malaviya Park, this park is located to the west of the fort near the Yamuna River and is home to a white memorial stone mounted by four ferocious-looking tigers.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park: Earlier known as Alfred Park, this extensive garden park has fine colonial buildings as well as a Public Library. The park was renamed in honour of the freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad who died in an encounter with the imperialists. Within the park is the bust statue of this freedom fighter where he breathed his last.
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