Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Triveni Sangam

Triveni Sangam:- 

 The Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Of these three, the river Saraswati is invisible and is said to flow underground and join the other two rivers from below. Here the muddy and pale-yellow waters of the Ganges merge with the blue waters of Yamuna. While the Ganges is only 4 feet deep, the Yamuna is 40 feet deep near the point of their nexus. The river Yamuna merges into the Ganges at this point and the Ganges continues on until it meets the sea at the Bay of Bengal. At the confluence of these two great Indian rivers, where the invisible Saraswati conjoins them, many tirtha yatris take boats to bathe from platforms  in the Sangam. This, together with the migratory birds give a picturesque look to the river during the Kumbha Mela, in the month of January. It is believed that all the gods come in human form to take a dip at the sangam and expiate their sins
All over India, the meeting rivers amplify the holiness of the tirtha. Two rivers are better than one three even more auspicious. The great site of the meeting rivers in north India is the sangam, the confluence, of the Ganga and Yamuna at Prayaga, where the city now called Allahabad stands.
The Ganga has long been seen as the white river, bearing the mica laden waters of her Himalayan course, and the Yamuna, the blue river.
This description of the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna seems to be referred to in one of the latest sections of the Rig Veda, which says,“Those who bathe at the place where the two rivers, white and dark, flow together, rise upto heaven. More than a thousand years later, the classical Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa, describes the confluence of the white”waters of the Ganga with the blue waters of the Yamuna as if they were a string of pearls and sapphires combined, or a garland of white and blue lotuses intertwined.
According to the Puranas, there is also a third river, the Sarasvati,

visit :

Dashaswamedh Ghat:

 Prayag Raj is the king of all pilgrimage centers because Lord Brahma conducted first (pra) ten yajnas (yag) there at Dashaswamedh Ghat also located in Daraganj.
Considering that Lord Brahma lives one hundred celestial years- equivalent to 311 trillion 40 billion earth years, and we are currently in fiftyfifth year of Brahma, and assumimg that Brahma performed first ten Yajnas when he was twenty years of age, it is established that it happened 110 trillions years ago."Lord Brahmā's day, consisting of his 12 hours, lasts 4 billion 320 million years, and his night is of the same duration.

 
Kumbh Mela: 

In the event of entrance of Jupiter in Aries circle and entrance of Sun and Moon in Capricorn Kumbh Festival is held at Prayag on the lunar conjunction day .
Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges and river Yamuna, where bathing for purification from sin is considered especially efficacious.
The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years, is held at Allahabad.

kalpavasa:

 The melas that take place along India’s rivers are among the most striking forms of Hindu pilgrimage. Prayaga, the King of Tirthas, also is host to the greatest of all melas. Once a year, during the winter month of Magha, in January and February, the great sandy flood plain of the Triveni becomes a huge encampment of pilgrims. This is called Magha Mela, a monthlong
festival that brings in a steady flow of pilgrims from all over India. It is also a great convocation of gurus and pandits, saints and sadhus.The mountains and rivers of India, along with the gods themselves, come to Prayaga during the month of Magha, joining the vast assembly of pilgrims, sages and saints. Bathing there in Magha is said to free one from rebirth, and so it is that even the gods yearn to come to Prayaga during Magha. The Matsya Purana tells us During the month of Magha, sixty thousand tirthas and six hundred million sacred streams are to be found at the confluence of the Ganga and theYamuna.” One particularly exuberant mahatmya from the Padma Purana claims that although Kashi bestows liberation by the illumining knowledge imparted by the taraka mantra given to all who die there, Prayaga bestows liberation even without knowledge! So it is that this place, they say, is the most sacred on the surface of the earth.

ganga Aarti:
An aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. It's usually made in the form of a lit lamp, and in the case of the Ganges River, a small diya with a candle and flowers that's floated down the river. The offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, also affectionately referred to as Maa Ganga, goddess of the most holy river in India. The aarti takes place facing the river. The lamps are lit and circled around by the pandits (Hindu priests) in a clockwise manner, accompanied by changing or songs in praise of Mother Ganga. The idea is that the lamps acquire the power of the deity. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing.


Hanuman Temple:

This temple is unique temple situated in sangam area adjacent to the Allahabad Fort and is rare unique type of temple , because Here the statue of Shri Hanuman Ji is in laying down state.
Therefore for his glimpse devotees have to step down through stairs cases The statue is huge in size .
Every year maa ganga flow over this temple and sub merge the statue of shri Hamuman ji to give a bath to Shri hanuman ji .It is told that the British Government had tried to dig out this statue and replace the temple with the statue of shri hanuman ji to some other place but as the digging stared to remove this statue from the temple statue instead of coming out of its original place started entering inside the ground.This is the reason for the temple is now a pond.
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. Hanuman Mandir is a major tourist attraction in Allahabad and huge number of devotees comes to Allahabad to visit this holy edifice every year. Hanuman Mandir boasts of the country’s rich mythological heritage.

Alopi Devi: 
Alopi Devi Mandir is situated in Alopibagh in Allahabad in state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is near to the holy Sangam, or confluence, where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the legendary Sarasvati meet. Kumbh Mela is near to this place.This temple is peculiar in a way that there is no statue of any Deity in this temple rather there is a wooden carriage or 'doli' which is worshipped. The origin of the name, Alopi (disappeared) Bagh lies in the Hindu belief that when after the death of his wife Sati, the grieving Lord Shiva travelled through skies with her dead body. Lord Vishnu, to relieve him from this agony, threw his Chakra at the corpse, resulting in the fall of various parts of the body at various places in India, which were sanctified by the touch of the Goddess' body parts and hence were thereby deemed holy places for pilgrimage. The last part fell at this location thereby named as "Alopi" (where disappearance was concluded)and the holiest of all.

Nagvasuki temple:

Nagvasuki temple is located on the banks of the river Ganga, in Daraganj on the northern side of the railway bridge. The temple is dedicated to Vasuki, the king of serpents. On the occasion of Nag Panchami day every year, a fair is held near the temple. A large idol of Bishmapita is seen in a reclined position near the temple.In Matsya Puran it is mentioned that it extends from Pratishthana to the pond of Vasuki and as fa as the abodes of the Nagas (Kumbala, Ashvatara and Bahumulaka), places not identified due to the lack of evidence. That Vasuki is Nag Vasuki Temple in Daraganj. It is on the bank of Ganga and an annual fair is held on occasion of Nag Panchami.The temple is unique in the sense that Nag Vasuki is the main deity of the temple and its stone idol is located in the centre. It is believed that around 10th century an old temple must have existed here. A Maratha king Shridhar Bhonsle had constructed the present temple. Construction of the temple reveals that the temple is not older than 18th century and is a fine example of medieval architecture. An annual fair is held here on the occasion of Nag Panchami.

Bharadwaj Ashram:

Bharadwaja rishi also spelled Bhardwaj was one of the greatest Hindu sages (Maharshis) descendant of rishi Angirasa, whose accomplishments are detailed in the Puranas. He is one of the Saptarshis (Seven Great Sages Rishi) in the present Manvantara; with others being Atri, Vashishtha, Vishvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, Kashyapa. Bharadwaja Barhaspatya is the progenitor of the Bharadwaja family and the family is attributed as the composers of Mandala 6 of the Rig Veda. Mandala 6 is known as the Bharadwaja Family Book as all its 75 hymns are composed by a member of this family over several centuries. He is believed to be a contemporary of King Bharata. Bharadwaja and his descendants were respected and powerful priests/rishis of several clans/dynasties of the Puru tribe, such as the Bharatas and the Panchalas. Bhardwaj is the upper most caste among all brahmins. Bhardwaj Maharishi was a sage of the Vedic times. He was the son of Brihaspati. He attained extraordinary scholarship. He had the great power of meditation.[3] He is also the author of Ayurveda. His Ashram still exists at the holy Prayag (Allahabad).