Whatever be the reasons, old and new, if you are going to Allahabad, go only for the Triveni Sangam, which means the confluence of three rivers – the Yamuna, Ganga and Saraswati.
Our boatman told us that the way to identify the rivers is with the colour. Yamuna, being greenish, Ganga, brownish and when they come together, they become a light colour of bottle green. River Saraswati, which was the third river, is mythical and is said to flow below, is now really silent. Dried up, I am told. But the pandas (priests) and the boatmen will not tell you that, because, their livelihood is dependent on. The boatmen take you to the middle of the river for your dip at the confluence of all three rivers.
|A man ties his wraparound after having a dip in the river|
This second most ancient city in India, Allahabad was therefore called Prayag (place of offering, because of the confluence of the rivers). “Allahabad was originally called Kaushambi (now a separate district) by the Kuru rulers of Hastinapur, who developed it as their capital. Since then, Allahabad has been a political, cultural and administrative centre of the Doab region. Mughal emperor Akbar renamed it Ilahabad, which the British changed to Allahabad. In 1833 it became the seat of the Ceded and Conquered Provinces region before its capital was moved to Agra in 1835. Allahabad became the capital of the North-Western Provinces in 1858, and was the capital of India for a day.’(See Wikipedia: Allahabad)
In the political history of India, as well as in Education, Allahabad, continued to be of importance and in fact was called ‘the Oxford of the east’.
However, today it is best known for the Kumbh Mela See BBC Report on Kumbh Mela
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