Sangam Sangam is the place where the brown water of the Ganga meets the green water of the Yamuna, along with the mythical Saraswati, which remains unseen but believed to run underground. Its nearby 7 km from Civil Lines, overlooked by the eastern walls of the Akbar Fort. Wide flood plains and muddy banks protrude towards the holy Sangam. At the mid-river point priests perch on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters. A dip in the Sangam water is supposed to be the holiest of the holy pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. Boats to the Sangam can be rented by pilgrims and tourists alike at the ghat near the fort. Sangam comes alive during the Maha Kumbh/Kumbh and attracting the devotee from all across the world.
Kumbh Mela Hindus are known for their passion to celebrate festivals in a grand way. Kumbh Mela Allahabad 2019 is one such festival which is rejoiced by the Hindus. The event take place in Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. It usually takes 12 years to get repeat on same location except in Allahabad and Haridwar. In Allahabad and Haridwar there is Kumbh in every 6 Years also. The history of Kumbh Mela Allahabad Dates way back to when the earth used to be the staying place for the gods. In a battle between the gods and demons to win the nectar of immortality, some of the much sought after liquid fell on the rivers of Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain. The Maha Kumbh Mela is the largest religious congregation in India, attended by millions. The over month-long fair is marked by the construction of a massive tented township, complete with cottages, huts, platforms, civic facilities, administrative and security measures. It is organized immaculately by the government, the local authorities and the police. The mela is especially renowned for the presence of an extraordinary array of religious ascetics – sadhus and mahants – enticed from remote hideaways in forests, mountains and caves. Once astrologers have determined the propitious bathing time or Kumbhayog, the first to hit the water is by legions of Naga Sadhus or Naga Babas, who cover their naked bodies with ash and wear hair in long dreadlocks. The sadhus, who see themselves as guardians of the faith, approach the confluence at the scheduled time with all the pomp and bravado of a charging army. The most recent Maha Kumbh Mela was held in 2013 and the next is due in 2025.
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.
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.
Mankameshwar Temple It is situated near Minto park on the west of the fort along the Yamuna river. It has a black stone lingam and statues of Ganesh and Nandi. There is a grand statue of Hanuman and an ancient peepal tree near the temple. This ancient Shiv temple is located in Barra tehsil 40 km south-west from Allahabad. The Shivling is installed on top of a 80-feet high hillock among picturesque surroundings. It is said that the 3-1/2 feet Shivling is much deeper underground and it was installed by Lord Ram while going to Chitrakoot. There are many smaller idols here, a huge banyan tree and a well.