Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
Prayagraj is a beautiful city situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The city draws the attention of pilgrims and heritage lovers from all over the world as it opens the traveller to a world of spiritual wonders. Prayagraj is a fusion of sanctity, religion, traditions, history, and architecture which offers varied experiences from historical to religious. is one of the destinations which holds the Kumbh Mela, world’s largest congregation of devotees. For the Mughals, the city had a great strategic importance to control their empire, and it also became a prominent administrative hub for the British era. The city was the nerve centre of activities during India’s Freedom Movement. Several eminent national leaders were born on this land. has also played a leading role in the development of Hindi and Urdu literature. The city has been described in ancient scriptures as ‘Teerthraj’, the holiest pilgrimage centre and is indeed a perfect place to have a soulful escape.
The Kumbh Mela at Prayag is very different as compared to Kumbh at other places due to many reasons. Firstly, the tradition of long-term Kalpvas is practised only in Prayag. Secondly, the Triveni Sangam is considered as the centre of the earth in few scriptures. Thirdly, Lord Brahma performed the Yajna here for creating the universe. Fourthly, Prayagraj is called the shrine of pilgrimages, but the most important reason is that the significance of performing rituals and tapas at Prayagraj is of highest among all pilgrimages and provides one with the highest virtue.
The Kumbh Mela at Prayag takes place for approximately 55 days, spread over thousands of hectares around the sangam area, and becomes the greatest of ephemeral city in the world. Regularity of this celebration continuing since ancient times is unique in itself. Ever increasing pressure of populace and expanding cities tend to engulf the rivers and events like Kumbh, graces the rivers with the profound status of creators of the world. There is a deeply enrooted feeling of devotion and faith flowing in the veins of every Indian since eternity.
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