Allahabad is now officially Prayagraj: Here are 8 historical facts about the city
The UP government has officially changed the name of Allahabad. Now, it will be officially known as Prayagraj. An official statement was released by the government and the decision was confirmed. Notably, the changed name would not be limited just to the city and soon famous Allahabad University, High Court, and Railway station names would also be changed. The decision is getting mixed response from the people of India. A lot has been said about the decision. People are claiming this is the move for promoting Hindutva for 2019 elections. In short, this decision is making a lot of headlines from last evening. In that case, we decided to tell you some important and interesting facts about the city.
1. 443 years ago it was known as Prayag
Yes, Prayagraj has got its name back after 443 years. It was earlier known as Prayag. The name is still used by the local people. King Akbar gave it the name Allahabad. He realized the importance of the city Prayag and built a fort at the river Confluence known as Sangam. The city got the locational advantage and it went on to become an important junction of East India company
2. Pioneer was Published at Allahabad
At Allahabad Pioneer was published one of the biggest English dailies in India. It was also known for its great Railway system which unites Bengal with Central India and Bombay
3. Triveni Sangam is one of holiest places in India
Allahabad is located at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. These rivers are known as holiest rivers in the Hindu culture. The beautiful place where these rivers meet is known as Triveni Sangam.
4. Mysterious Hanuman Temple
Allahabad which will be now known as Prayagraj is a home to mysterious Hanuman Temple. It gets submerged in the waters of Ganga when it is in full flow.
5. City of Prime Ministers
Apart from holding an important place in the history of pilgrimage, the city is also known as the land of Prime Ministers. 7 out of15 Prime Minister of Independent India were from Allahabad. The names include Indira Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Chandra Shekar, Gulzarilal Nanda, Vishwanath Pratap Singh
6. Allahabad University – Fourth Oldest University in India
It is the fourth oldest university in the country. The central status of the country was restored on June 24, 2005.
7. Kumbh Mela
Kumbh ke mele mai bhai bichaad gye. Ardh Kumbhmela will begin from January 15, 2019, to March 4, 2019. People take part in to get rid of the sins of life. The Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated in Prayag after 144 years.
8. Hira Halwai for the delicious Samosa
It is one of the oldest shops in the city and serves the most authentic samosas of the city. Also, heavenly gulab jamun is another specialty of the city.
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