TEERTHRAJ PRAYAG, ALLAHABAD: Triveni Sangam, Sleeping Hanuman, Mankameshwar Mahadev, Alopi Devi

January 07, 2013 By:

Dear Divine Souls, 

We finished our lunch and Sitamarhi visit at round 1.00 PM  and headed for Prayagraj Triveni Sangam in Allahabad. Today our goal was to visit some places in Triveni Sangam and some places in Allahabad and reach Chitrakoot in night. From Sita Samahit Sthal, Sitamarhi  we started towards Allahabad which was around 60 kms from Sitamarhi. In between I was inquiring about the rates which boat owners charge for going across the towards the Triveni Sangam ( confluence of rivers Ganga,Yamuna and Saraswati) . My driver told me around Rs. 1200 to Rs.1500 from the banks of Yamuna to Triveni Sangam.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Sitamarhi to Allhabad Map

Towards Triveni Sangam

Triveni Sangam of Ganga , Yamuna and Saraswati is in the middle of the confluence away from bank where the flow is heavy, there are stands and platforms made to perform pooja  and have bath at actual Triveni Sangam. It was just 200 – 300 meters from Yamuna Bank in the middle where the rivers actually meet. But still this charge was not acceptable. Then when we reached the bank really the scene was what driver told me. All boat owners were chasing us with none of them really going below Rs. 1000. They were knowing that pilgrims who come from long way are at least going to bath in the confluence. So they were stubborn in their approach. But even I was stubborn because I had information about these cheats from the pundits of Allahabad in the temple at my place. So I also started with Rs.150 and ended up in fixing at RS. 250.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Road Towards Triveni Sangam

Still this was high, but I had no option and it was getting late as we had to reach Chitrakoot also , but I think that was reasonable as there was off season also. Then we started our journey towards the Triveni Sangam in the boat. My driver first told that even he is going to come with us but after hearing that the deal of reaching the Triveni Sangam was negotiated  at just RS. 250 he didn’t come . May be he would have asked commission from the boat owner, but he was really upset.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : On the Yamuna Bank looking for boat

 Triveni Sangam

Triveni Sangam is the confluence of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and the invisible Saraswati. This  confluence offers excellent view during the sunrise and the sunset. Kumbh Mela (held once in 12 years), Ardhkumbh Mela (held once in 6 years), and Maha Mela (held every year) are held on the banks of the Sangam, during which periods hundred thousands of pilgrims throng to the place to take holy dip in the confluence.

The turbid and light yellow colour water of the Ganga merges with the bluish green colour water of the Yamuna, resulting in a spectacular view for the visitors. River Saraswathi is hoped to flow underneath the earth and contacts the other two rivers. Here the depth of Ganga is just 4 to 6 feet and Yamuna is 40 to 60 feet deep in non rainy season. Yellow shallow Ganga flows at a rapid pace and meets blue, deep and calm Yamuna at this Triveni sangam

Based on the Hindu mythology, nectar came out of the pitcher from the hands of the Gods so a wash in Triveni Sangam will cleanse off all the sins.

Platforms are made in the middle of the Sangam where one can perform poojas like Narayan Nagbali and Shraddh . Many Puranas and Kathas are told here like Shiva Puarnas.Many rishis and sages had their ashrams on this confluence from Centuries and Yugas.  Along with Pushkar it is called ‘Teerthraj”  or  “King of all Teerthas”.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : New Yamuna Bridge from Yamuna river on the  boat

In around 10 minutes we reached the the confluence . When we were inside the boat, we got some spectacular views around  with Allahabad Fort made by Akbar, New Yamuna Bridge, white birds floating on the water. One of the best boat rides of my life.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :  White birds floating birds

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :  Approaching the Sangam , Platforms Seen from a distance

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Allahabad fort at distance from Sangam

For using the platform One has to pay around Rs. 20 as rent and those who want to perform pooja can perform pooja. Pundits are present on the platform. We had a bath and then did perform small pooja of the three rivers.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad: Bathing in Sangam

Akshayavat (The Immortal Tree)

A sacred fig tree is located within the Patalpuri Temple at the Allahabad Fort which is worshipped as the Akshayavat . A  permission from the Commandant of Allahabad Fort’s Ordinance Depot is needed to visit this tree. On one day during the Kumbh Mela, the site is open to all the pilgrims.

According to the local belief, the sage Shukdeva narrated Srimad Bhagavatam to the king Parikshit under this tree.Once the Sage Markandeya asked Lord Narayana to show him a specimen of the divine power.Lord  Narayana flooded the entire world for a moment, during which only the Akshayavat could be seen above the water level. Hence this Akshay Vat is immortal and indestructible even during the time of complete destruction of this universe. But one can see the Akshay Vat from while traveling to Triveni Sangam via boat from Yamuna river.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Akshaya Vat and Allahabad Fort

Then we proceeded towards Sleeping Hanuman temple near the Sangam besides the Ganga river.

Bade Hanuman jee or  Sleeping Hanuman at Triveni Sangam, Allahabad

Hanuman Jee is undoubtedly the strongest personalities in the Indian Ramayan. Hanuman temples can be located everywhere each and every village but the Sleeping Hanuman at Allahabad is one of its kind.

This idol of Hanuman Jee in sleeping position exists only in Allahabad at Sangam. As per the mythology, when Lord Ram after conquering Lanka and defeating Ravana came here to worship at Sangam, Hanuman Jee experienced severe body ache and laid at Sangam. Finishing his prayers, when Lord Ram asked Hanuman Ji to proceed further, Hanuman Jee denied to proceed due to  severe pain. Sita Maa then blessed Hanuman jee and all the pains were flown away from his body by the sacred water in the Triveni Sangam.

Another belief lies with the people that, the year in which Ganga water do not reach Hanuman Jee’s foot, undesirable situations occur, such as draught and famines. People await the moment when the Ganges meets Hanuman Jee in the monsoons.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Sleeping Bade Hanuman

This idol is really mesmerizing . One when visualize cannot move his eyes from it. Lots of devotees daily flock here. But on Saturdays the crowd is maximum. There are lot hawkers selling hand made toys near this temple . Merry go round  and some play sections are also made .Some small fairs are held periodically. Its really a small time picnic place for families .

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Mesmerising Idol of Bade Hanuman

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Ganga flooded and reaches the Hanuman idol down below the temple .Picture Courtesy : The Hindu newspaper website

After sleeping Hanuman temple we took a ride towards our next destination at one of the most auspicious Shaktipeeth called Alopi Devi .

 Alopi Devi or Madhaveshwari Devi, Allahabad

Alopi Devi is a manifestation of Goddess AdiShakti and is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths. The legend of the Goddess is associated with the death of Sati at the yagna conducted by Daksha and the subsequent anger of Shiva and his roaming with the body of Sati and Vishnu then cutting the body using his Sudharshana Chakra to save the universe.

Alopi Devi is also popularly known as Goddess Madhaveswari.

The popular belief is that the fingers of the hands of Goddess Sati fell at the spot where the Alopi Devi Temple stands. Goddess Alopi is also part of the Ashta Das Shaktipeetah concept more famous and propagated through the Ashtadasa Shaktipeeth Stotra of Adi Shankara.

The Goddess gets the name Alopi because of the belief that the last part of Goddess Sati’s body fell here and disappeared. Hence this is the last spot from where Goddess Sati disappeared from earth and it is considered highly auspicious

.At the Alopi Temple, Goddess Alopi Devi is depicted as a Doli placed a top a marble stone. Everyone is allowed to touch this Doli symbolic representation of Shaktism and offer the offerings directly. There is no idol in the main garbagriha. Powerful vibrations can be felt  when visiting this Garbagriha. There are also nine idols of Navadurga in the main temple complex. This one is not to be missed.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : Alopi Devi or Madhaveshwari Devi

 

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Prayag:  Mankameshwar Mahadeva Gate

 

 

 

Then we  went to our final destination of Allahabad called Mankameshwar Mahadev which right besides the Yamuna river two kms away from Sangam. Mankameshwar Mahadev is called Ishta Deva of Allahabad.

 

 

 

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Prayag : Mankameshwar Temple Garbagriha

 

Mankameshwar Mahadeva Temple Allahabad (Ishta Deva of Allahabad)

Mankameshwar  means God of fulfillment of wishes and the Mankameshwar temple of Allahabad was made to do just that. The legend  of the temple is that when Sita Maa bathed in the Sangam and wished to pray to Lord Shiva, there was no Lord Shiva temple nearby the Sangam. Lord Shri Ram built a new temple for her, thus fulfilling her wish. This was the fulfillment of wish, which lead to the naming of this temple as Mankameshwar. Even now  it is believed that honest wishes made in this temple are fulfilled.

The temple is located at 2 km distance from the Sangam, on the banks of river Yamuna. The temple can be visited all round the year and the timings are 6 AM to 9 PM.

 

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :Mankameshwar Shivling

 

Behind Mankameshwar Mahadev one can go down to Yamuna bank and view stupendous views of the Yamuna river and the new Yamuna Bridge. Also in the complex of the Mankameshwar Mahadev temple there is another shivling called Rann Mukteshwar Mahadev which means Great God who is  absolver of debts. One should visit this one also to clear one self from debts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then after visiting Mankameshwar Mahadev temple at around 5.00 oclock We headed towards Chitrakoot from the New Yamuna Bridge . This bridge is huge and enormous construction and one of the greatest Bridges in India. There is also separate space for individuals to have a walk on this bridge . So Bridge lovers can walk on this beauty and can gaze hours looking at Wonderful Yamuna  below and Triveni Sangam at the distance.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : New Yamuna Bridge from Mankameshwar temple ghat below

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad :

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad : New Yamuna Bridge

Here I come at the end of my Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad visit. I will show the places actually located in the map below so that one can go  easily.

Teerthraj Prayag , Allahabad

Teerthraj Prayag , Allahabad : Map of places I visited in Allahabad

Places I visited in Prayag and probably the most important ones here

A : Triveni Sangam : Here there are platforms to bath and perform pooja
B : Yamuna River Bank : Here we get boats to reach the sangam
C : Bade Hanuman or Sleeping Hanuman Temple
D : Alopi Devi Madhaveshwari
E : Mankameshwar Mahadev
F : New Yamuna Bridge
G : Akshaya Vat Present in Allahabad Fort
H : Allahabad Fort made by Emperor Akbar

Other Places

Every place mentioned above is inside the circumference of 2 kms. There are also other important attractions in Allahabad which I didn’t see due to lack of time .They are Bharadwaj Ashram, Allahabad Fort , Khusro bagh,Anand Bhawan,Moti Mahal and Bari Kothi,Jawahar Planetarium, Allahabad Museum, Thornhill Mayne Memorial, All Saints Cathedral, Dashaswamedh Temple, Someshwar Mahadev Temple ,Shankar Vimana Mandapam and many more.

Major Festivals in Prayag

As Prayag is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers in Hinduism each and every hindu festival is celebrated heavily . But the main ones here are Kumbh Mela , Ardh Kumbh Mela, Maha Mela Dusherra and Navaratri In Alopi Devi and Diwali.

Teerthraj Prayag, Allahabad

How to Reach Allahabad

Allahabad is an important pilgrimage destination in the Ganges plain and that is why it is well connected to all the major cities in Uttar Pradesh and India.

By Air

There is an Airport at Bamrauli which is near about 10 Kilometers away from Allahabad. Presently limited flights are available here. The second nearest Airport is at Varanasi that is 150 kilometers from Allahabad. Varanasi being another important pilgrimage is well connected to the rest of India by daily flights. Both private as well as public carriers operate these flights.

By Rail

Allahabad is well connected by trains with all major cities, viz. Kolkatta, Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Varanasi and Mumbai. The main station in Allahabad is Allahabad Junction. Several expresses as well as super fast trains ply to and from Allahabad.

By Road

Allahabad on National Highways 2 and 27, is well connected to all parts of the country by good roads and highways. Buses ply to all the neighboring as well as far-flung places such as , Jabalpur, Manikpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, Jhansi and Gorakhpur among others. Both Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation as well as Private players operates these buses in large frequencies.

Dear Divine Souls,

I hope so you have liked reading the post and seeing some pictures of this great pilgrimage destination. In next post I am going to take you to another place called Chitrakoot which grants salvation and was loved by Lord Vishnu when he took avatar in form of Lord Ram.Till then

Jai Bhole .

About Vishal Rathod

Vishal Rathod has written 70 posts at Ghumakkar.

I am Vishal Rathod from Mumbai.I am a devotee, that is why I am a Ghumakkar. An Engineer, MBA by education, Sales Professional by profession and a small devotee by heart.I like to travel religious places. From past 3 years I have started travelling every three to four months.I am tired of excess materialism and have shifted my focus on spiritualism. My goal as a ghumakkar in life is to visit as many religious places as possible and do bhakti.The only reason to write in ghumakkar.com is to benefit fellow devotees to perform their pilgrimage smoother and easier.God bless all of you. aum namah shivaya . hare krishna hare ram.

15 Responses to “TEERTHRAJ PRAYAG, ALLAHABAD: Triveni Sangam, Sleeping Hanuman, Mankameshwar Mahadev, Alopi Devi”


  1. Praveen Wadhwa says:

    Wow Man, you are creating an encyclopedic of all religious places of India that no other person has been able to create yet.
    After reading this, I must visit here.

    May God bring you to ten million more temples and then the highest goal of Hinduism where creator and creation merge.

  2. Praveen Wadhwa says:

    I can write a story making several walks in several days at a place.
    But Man, you can make a spectacular story making one single walk in just a fraction of a day.

  3. SilentSoul says:

    Vishal this is a perfect travelogue with all the details in minute.. if someone reads this blog before going to Ilahabad, he would not face any problem.

    Tks for sharing this wonderful log with us

  4. Ritesh Gupta says:

    विशाल जी….
    इस कुम्भ पर्व के समय इलाहाबाद का वर्णन पढ़कर बहुत अच्छा लगा……आपके लगभग इलाहाबाद के सभी दर्शनीय स्थलों, मंदिरों और संगम का काफी अच्छे वर्णन किया हैं….साथ-साथ सुन्दर चित्रों के माध्यम से हमारे वहाँ होने का एहसास हमे हुआ..|
    इलाहाबाद मेरा घूमा हुआ हैं पर इतना नहीं जितना आपने वर्णन किया हैं….| लेते हुए हनुमान जी की मूर्ति वाकई में बड़ी मनोहारी लगी….और तथ्य सत्य भी की प्रत्येक मानसून में गंगा श्री हनुमान जी चरण प पखारने आती हैं….|
    आपने इलाहाबाद की बारे में काफी महत्वपूर्ण जानकारी देकर अच्छा किया जो यहाँ पर आने वाले लोगो के लीये बहुत लाभकारी होंगे…
    भक्ति से सारोबार लेख के लिए धन्यवाद….|

  5. Nandan Jha says:

    A true step by step guided tour. I must appreciate the effort you put including the annotations in the pictures so that readers can get a better geo context. Bravo.

  6. D.L.Narayan says:

    Thanks, Vishal, for the virtual tour of Triveni Sangam and the temples of Prayag/Allahabad. As always, a meticulously detailed and comprehensive guide to this pilgrimage centre. The pictures too, especially of the birds are excellent.

    Regarding the Akshaya Vatavriksha, I wonder why the Ministry of Defence cannot build a wall around it and provide 24/7 access to devotees instead of just one day in a year. If it is the tree under which the Srimad Bhagavatam was narrated, it is immensely important to Hindus.

  7. Abheeruchi says:

    Hello Vishal ji,

    WOW,What a detailed,interesting and beautiful post. It is really a guide for the prospective visitors.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Waiting for Chitrakoot…

    Keep travelling,keep writing

  8. Abheeruchi says:

    Sorry,I forgot to mention Hanuman ji ka photo bahut hi accha hai. Yaha baithe baithe samajh sakti hu kya feeling aati hogi jab reality me ye mandir deha jaaye…

  9. Nirdesh says:

    Hi Vishal,

    I am reading this on the day Mahakumbh starts.

    Beautiful post!

  10. bawa rakesh says:

    dear friends, lately reading a lot of blogs on this site and this website in the name of http://www.ghumakkar.com has become my favourite. And myself is in the centre of writing a travel blog myself, my first one about my mewar yatra. but friends really don’t know, how to incorporate the photographs. Can anyone help in this regard.

  11. Allahabad is a city that can be visited all round the year! However, Allahabad is best visited during the winter months between November and March.

  12. P.R.Mistry says:

    Dear Vishal,
    Thanks for your Intention and attitudes towards Real Goal of Human Life. I am very much happy to read you on your site.
    I am M.Sc. and Q.C. Manager in Chemical Co. by profession. I am towards 59 age and like you, Visiting whatever religious and spiritual places across the Bharat Bhumi.
    Regards.

  13. Shikhar Anuj Ahiwasi says:

    Dear Vishal ji,
    I was searching for some information to plan trip to Somnath ji & Dwarka ji. when I came across this I found this, which is very informative. My family want to go to a sea shore so we planned for Dwarka ji & Somnath ji so that we can enjoy both the holy and wordly experiences.
    We will be reaching Somnath from Jabalpur by train on 19th of March at 18.00 pm and will be leaving back from Somnath for Jabalpur on the 24th of March. What about climate , rush , etc. during this period.I am yet to fill in the blanks in between. I believe you will be the best person to guide/help me to fill these blanks.
    Eagerly awaiting your response.
    Shikhar Anuj Ahiwasi.

  14. bhavesh says:

    Dear vishal ji ,Thank for yours best efforts



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