Sangam

Allahabad in India is as old as the Vedas (holy scriptures). Sangam is a sacred place of the Hindus, located in the city of Allahabad, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is considered to be one of the holiest places- the confluence of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The third river Saraswati is a mythical river, which is believed to be there in an unseen form. People believe and say that this river Saraswati flows beneath the earth and meets the other two rivers from their base. The banks of Sangam are visited every year by thousands of visitors and tourists. It is a must visit tourist destination when on a tour of Allahabad. This place can be reached by taking an auto rickshaw, taxi or local bus when you are inside the city. The site is located at a distance of roughly 12 km from the Allahabad Railway Station.Sangam is also well known as Triveni. The meeting point of all these three rivers is this holy place and thousands of visitors come here to offer their prayers and worship. The people bathing at the confluence point of the river consider that all their sins and bad deeds will be washed out by taking a dip in the holy waters.

The overall sight of Sangam is a treat to the eyes. One can see the mud-covered and light yellow water of Ganges merging with green water of Yamuna. It is believed that the river Yamuna ends here at the confluence point, but the river Ganges continues to move ahead. The river Ganga is said to meet the Bay of Bengal after flowing from the Sangam. The Sangam holds another significant importance in mythology. It is assumed that at the same place drops of nectar of immortality fell out of the pitcher, from the hands of the Gods, as they struggled with the demons to have possession of nectar. Hindu devotees every year gather at this sacred pilgrimage point to offer their prayers. Many astrologers are present at the holy site to calculate the most sacred time to enter into the water for taking a dip at the Sangam. They also tell the schedule and the type of prayers to be offered. The sacred Kumbh Mela is held once in twelve years at the banks of the Sangam. According to myths, the Prakrista Yajna was carried out here by Lord Brahma. It is also believed that Lord Rama visited this place of Allahabad during his exile of 14 years.

Boats are available for tourists and devotees to take a ride in the river. During the period of mid January and mid February, pilgrims come to visit the place and the festival is known as Magh Mela. The Kumbh Mela is the most sacred time to visit the Sangam and the mela holds a record in the Guinness Book as the largest human gathering on the earth.

However, bathing at the Sangam is believed to be auspicious throughout the year especially for 15 days in the month of Magh during the 'Magh Mela' and more so during the Maha Kumbh Mela, which takes place every 12 years. Visit to this place reveals the deeply rooted religious and spiritual beliefs of Indian people, and the experience is quite intriguing and fascinating at the same time.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/16

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