Triveni Sangam Allahabad
The word “Sangam” originates from Sanskrit language which means according to the Hindu tradition – the confluence of three rivers. These three rivers are essentially Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati River. This confluence is at Prayaga, India where the legendary Kumbha mela is held for the past twelve years. The river Saraswati is invisible and is said to flow underground eventually joining the other two rivers from below. The point of confluence is a sacred place for all Hindus. A bath here at Triveni Sangam, said to wash away all of one’s sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth and finally attain ‘Moksha’ and inner peace.
Allahabad’s ancient name is Prayaga. The sacred holy site of sangam is located at about 7 km from Civil Township at Allahabad.
History of the Kumbha Mela
It is said that Kumbha the very word comes from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the Demigods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over. Our ancient scriptures like the puranas also mention about how the demigods and demons together made the nectar of immortality and decided to share half of it for each. To churn the portion of the milky ocean they came at the sea shore where the Mandara Mountain was used as the churning rod. But as a deadly poison was produced at first Lord Shiva drank the whole of it without getting harmed. And while drinking the few drops spilled was licked by serpents and reptiles.
After 1000 years of churning, Dhanwantari appeared with the Kumbh of immortal nectar in his hands. The demigods, being fearful of the demons’ ill intent, forcibly seized the pot with its safety entrusted onto the four Gods – Brahaspati, Surya, Shani, and Chandra.
Significance of Triveni Sangam Allahabad
- Here one of the former prime ministers of India, Indira Gandhi used to come for a holy dip.
- Hindu pilgrims take boats to bathe from platforms erected at the confluence. This, together with the migratory birds gives a picturesque look to the river during the Kumbha Mela, in January.
- It is believed to be the place where drops of nectar fell from the pitcher, from the hands of the Gods.
- The Rig Veda, which says, “Those who bath at the place where the two rivers, white and dark, flow together, rise up to heaven. More than a thousand years later, the classical Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa, described the confluence of the white ‘waters of the Ganga with the blue waters of the Yamuna as if they were a string of pearls and sapphires combined, or a garland of white and blue lotuses intertwined’.
Festivals at Triveni Sangam Allahabad
- One of the most revered festivals – the Kumbha Festival is held at Prayag on the lunar conjunction day.
- During the period of Kumbha Mela (special dates assigned for spiritual bathing), it is believed that a thousand times stronger confluence takes place. Apart from self-purification purposes, thousands of people also come to the shores during Kumbh Mela to offer pind for their deceased parents.
How to reach Triveni Sangam Allahabad
- By air: Allahabad is well connected to the major cities of India. Regular flights are easily available. The Bamrauli airport is nearest.
- By rail: You can easily get regular trains to Allahabad from other major cities of the country. Nearby Railway Station(s) are- chheoki (COI), allahabad junction (ALD), allahabad city (ALY), naini (NYN), phaphamau junction (PFM), prayag (PRG), subedarganj (SFG), bamhrauli (BMU).
- By road: there are quite a number of bus stops connecting with major areas in Allahabad.
Hotels nearby Triveni Sangam Allahabad
- Hotel Crown Palace at Rambagh Hewett road of South Malaka is a grand place to check in. It is close to the area and has a great view to look at.
- Hotel Kanha Shyam at strachay road civil lines is another great place to tuck in. it has well suited accommodations and reasonable pricings.
Places to visit nearby Triveni Sangam Allahabad
- Allahabad fort is a great place to visit and it is archeologically important. It gives you beautiful visibility from top including famous Sangam of Allahabad. It is a historic site that landmarks legend from the days of yore.
- Shankar Viman Mandapam is situated very near to Sangam this temple is of Lord Shiva but architecture looks like south India temple. Beautiful view of Sangam can be enjoyed from the top floor of this temple.
- Alopi Devi Mandir is one of the foremost shaktipeeth. Many people come to visit it to offer their prayers and receive blessings from Devi Ma.