Allahabad

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Allahabad (Officially known as Prayagraj) is one of the holiest cities of India situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Allahabad is among the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh. Hindu mythology has it that for the Prakrishta Yajna, Lord Brahma, the creator God of the Trinity, chose a land on earth, on which the three rivers would flow in to a quiet confluence. Brahma also referred to it as Tirth Raj or the King of all pilgrimage centres. Recorded evidence also exists in the revered scriptures (the Vedas and the grand epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, as also in the Puranas) of this holy place formerly called Prayag. Allahabad stands at the confluence of two of India's holiest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna. Sangam, as the confluence is called, is the venue of many sacred fairs and rituals, and attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. This number swells to millions during the world-famous Kumbh Mela. An annual Magh Mela is also held in Allahabad around the Sangam areas in the month of January (Magh is the name of month in Hindu calendar). A third mythical Saraswati river, believed to flow underground towards the Sangam, gives the confluence its other name, Triveni.

Country:
India
Region:
Asia
Population:
980,000 people
Safe tap water:
No, contaminated
Internet speed:
3 Mbps
Best wireless carrier:
Best coffee:
Cafe Coffee Day
Cashless society:
No, cash only (esp. for foreigners)
Best taxi app:
Power:
230V50Hz
Ambulance:
102, 108, 112
Fire department:
101, 112
Police:
100, 112

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