Places to Visit
The massive fort built by emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D., the fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near the confluence site. In its prime, the fort was unrivalled for its design, construction and craftsmanship. This huge, majestic fort has three magnificent galleries flanked by high towers. At present is used by the army and only a limited area is open to visitors.The magnificent outer wall is intact and rises above the water'’edge. Visitors are allowed to see the Ashokan Pillar and Saraswati Kup, a well, said to be the source of the Saraswati river and Jodhabai Palace. The Patalpuri temple is also here. So is the much revered Akshaya Vat or immortal Banyan tree.
Patalpuri temple and the Undying Banyan, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in India, are both situated in close proximity with each other on the same site. Patalpuri temple is situated in the Allahabad fort and is one of the Holy Places in Allahabad. The Patalpuri Temple, Allahabad is one of the most famous and oldest temples not only in Allahabad but also in India. Undying banyan tree also referred to as the 'Akshayavat' is again regarded as a holy tree. About the Undying Banyan Tree it is said that this tree would stand firm even when the entire world gets destroyed. The Patalpuri Temple and the Undying Banyan Tree at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in India is a major Tourist’s Attraction in Allahabad.
Within this underground temple, inside the fort, lies the Akshaya Vat - or the immortal tree. Believed to have been visited by Lord Rama, the temple was also seen by the famous Chinese traveller and writer Hiuen Tsang during his visit to this place.
This gigantic Ashoka pillar, of polished sandstone stands 10.6 meters high, dating back to 232 B.C. The pillar has several edicts and a Persian inscription of Emperor Jahangir inscripted on it, commemorating his accession to the throne.
The Allahabad Pillar is an Ashoka Stambha, one of the Pillars of Ashoka, an emperor of the Maurya dynasty who reigned in the 3rd century BCE. While it is one of the few extant pillars that carry his edicts, it is particularly notable for containing later inscriptions attributed to the Gupta emperor, Samudragupta (4th century CE). Also engraved on the stone are inscriptions by the Mughal emperor, Jahangir, from the 17th century
The immortal tree within the Patalpuri temple, has found mention in the description of several ancient scriptures, writers and historians. According to a legend, once the sage Markandeya asked Lord Narayana to show him a specimen of the divine power. Narayana flooded the entire world for a moment, during which only the Akshayavat could be seen above the water level. The tree stands in a deep niche above an underground shaft, which is said to lead to Triveni. Visitors need permission to visit the Fort, Patalpuri Temple, Ashoka Pillar and AkshayaVat from Commandant, Ordnance Depot, Fort, Allahabad. Phone: 2504735-36, Extn. 213.
Hanuman Mandir, Allahabad is a unique temple situated near the Allahabad Fort. Hanuman Temple, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in India is famous for being the only temple where Lord Hanuman is seen in a recline posture. The Hanuman Temple is a very Holy Place in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in India.
An interesting fact about this Hanuman Temple in Allahabad is that the temple gets submerged when the water level of the Ganges rises up. The mythical story regarding the Hanuman Temple in Allahabad says that the water of the river Ganges rises to touch the feet of the Lord Hanuman’s idol. Hanuman Temple has emerged as a major tourist attraction in Allahabad also because of the fact that people from all religion and all walks of life can visit this temple at any time of the year.
Shankar Viman Mandapam
This is modern temple situated near the bank of ganga. This is the only temple in Allahabad, built by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth, in south Indian style of architecture. This magnificent temple is four storeys high and is standing on 16 strong pillars attaining a height of 130 feet. The construction of the temple was started in 1970 but could only be completed in 1986 . At every floor of this temple adobe of different Gods and Goddesses have been constructed. Idols of Kumaril Bhatta & Jagat Guru Shankaracharya, Kamakshi Devi (with 51 Shaktipeetha around), Tirupati Balaji (with 108 Vishnu around), Yogshashtra Sahasrayoga Linga (having 108 Shivas around) are installed in the temple. Inside walls of this temple have paintings of pictures of various scenes of Ramayan in decorated manner. Regular puja in the temple is performed by a group of priests from south India.
Situated near Saraswati Ghat, on the banks of Yamuna, this is one of the famous Shiva Temples of Allahabad. From the terrace of this temple ,view of Yamuna river, is most attactive, and in moon light this beauty increases many folds. The speciality this temple is of daily decoration of the statue of god shiva. during the entire period of arti the sound of blowing os shankh ,beating of drums and ringing of bells produce melodious sound of music. at the end of the above performances when the prayer in loud speech starts thyen it appears as if all Gods are reciting and chanting paths. Mankameshwar temple lies in the banks of river Yamuna, near Saraswathi Ghat. This is one of the prominent and old Shiva temples of Allahabad which is also known as Pishach Mochan Tirtha. On every Monday & on Shivratri day, devotees throng the temple in large number.
It is situated near Saraswati Ghat, it has a stone memorial with a four-lion symbol on top, the foundation of which was laid by Lord Minto in 1910.
The old Anand Bhawan, which in the year 1930 was donated to the Nation by Moti Lal Nehru, to be used as the headquarters of the Congress Committee. Moti Lal Nehru renamed it as Swaraj Bhawan. Late Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi was born here. Facility of light & sound show from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm is available at Rs.5.00 per head.Visiting hours: 09:30 am to 05:30 pm. Closed on Monday's. Ph:2467674
Swaraj Bhavan (formerly Anand Bhavan, meaning Adobe of Bliss) is a large mansion located in Allahabad, India. It was owned by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 19th century, it has served as the ancestral home of the Nehru Family— future Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi was born there. The First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru was however not born in Anand Bhawan.
It is managed by the 'Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund', Delhi.
The erstwhile ancestral home of the Nehru family. Today it has been turned into a fine museum. Here, many momentous decisions, events, related to the freedom struggle took place. The main building houses a museum which displays the memorabilia of the Nehru family.
The Anand Bhavan is a historic house museum in Allahabad, India focusing on the Nehru Family. It was constructed by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 1930s to serve as the residence of the Nehru family when the original mansion Swaraj Bhavan (previously called Anand Bhavan) was transformed into the local headquarters of the Indian National Congress. Jawahar Planetarium, the planetarium is situated here, which has been striving to inculcate scientific temper among masses through its sky shows on astronomy and science.
Anand Bhavan was donated to Indian government in 1970 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the granddaughter of Motilal Nehru and daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Visiting hours: 09:30 am to 05:00 pm. Closed on Mondays and Government holidays. Phone: 2467071,2467096.
For a celestial trip of the scientific kind, visit the Planetarium. Its worth every moment. Visiting hours: 11:00 am to 04:00 pm. Ticket: Rs. 20.00. Closed on Mondays and 4th Thursday of the month. Phone: (0532)2467093.
Sai Dham Mandir (Drummond Road, A.G. Office)
This new Temple of Shirdi Sai Baba is situated at Dramnd Road near A.G. Office. A large number of tourist comes on Thrusday to visit.
One of the most famous universities of India, it has a sprawling campus, graced by fine buildings in Victorian and Islamic architectural styles.
The museum has a good collection of sculpture, especially of the Gupta era.Ph:2407409,2408690
Muir College (1874)
Designed by William Emerson, this is an excellent mix of Gothic and Indian architectural elements. Commenced in 1874 and opened in 1886, it has an arcade quadrangle which is dominated by a 200 feet minaret tower in cream coloured sandstone from Mirzapur with marble and mosaic floors. The domes of the Indo-Saracenic structure are clad in Multan glazed tiles.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park
Adjacent to the museum, This splendid park was once known as Company Bagh. It has some fine colonial buildings, including the public library. G.N. Jha research institute and the status od chandra Shekhar Azad. Dicated to great martyr Chandra Shekhar Azad who laid down his life fighting British force here.
All Saints Cathedral (Patthar Girjaghar)
This magnificent cathedral, designed by Sir William Emerson in 1870 and consecrated in 1887, is the finest of Anglican Cathedal in Asia is faced in White Stone with red stone dressing. No one visiting the cathedral can fail to be impressed by the beauty of the marble altar with intricate inlay and mosaic work.
A large garden in which tombs of Khusro, son of emperor Jahagir and Shah Begum are located.
Public Library (1864)
Standing at Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred park)l The memorial has a lofty tower and arcaded cloister. In 1879, the library was shifted to the present premises at Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred Park) It has about 75,000 books, besides a treasure trove of manuscripts and journals.
Mayo Memorial Hall (1979)
Situated near the Thornhill and Myne Memorial, this large hall has a 180 feet high tower . The interior of this memorial hall was ornamented with designs by Professor Gamble of the South Kensington Museum, London. Completed in 1879 this hall was meant for public meetings, balls and receptions in commemoration of the assassinated Viceroy.
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