#3 of 20 Places to Visit in Prayagraj
Distance (From Prayagraj Junction): 8 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: Be sure to talk to the pundits about how much they will charge you before actually asking them to do anything for you - otherwise, they will almost certainly quote an absurdly high amount after the pooja.
At a distance of 8 km from Allahabad Railway Station, Triveni Sangam is a sacred place located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Uttar Pradesh, and among the must-include places in Allahabad tour packages.
Triveni Sangam is the confluence of two physical rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the invisible or mythical Saraswati (supposed to have dried up more than 4,000 years ago). All three rivers are highly revered in Indian mythology, and hence the confluence point of these rivers holds tremendous religious importance. As per Hindu mythology, taking a dip in the holy Triveni Sangam will wash away sins and free from the cycle of rebirth, thereby achieving Moksha.
Triveni Sangam is the place where Maha Kumbh Mela is held once every 12 years when the planet Jupiter enters into the zodiac sign Aquarius and the planet Sun enters into the zodiac sign, Aries. Kumbh Mela takes place every 3 years and is celebrated at four locations, i.e. at Allahabad (Prayag), Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. After every twelve-year, Maha Kumbh Mela is held at Prayag, which is attended by millions of people, making it the largest gathering anywhere in the world. A huge crowd of devotees, sadhus, saints, and tourists gather during the Mela to undertake their ritual bathing at the Sangam and to offer their prayers and tribute to the Sun God.
Moreover, the Sangam where the brownish Ganga meets the slightly greenish Yamuna is indeed a sight to behold. If you take a boat ride to the gently flowing waters of Ganga and Yamuna, you'll be able to make out the difference in colors of water from the two rivers. Platforms have been constructed in the middle of the Sangam where one can perform poojas like Shraddh and Narayan Nagbali. The water is clean enough for a bath and also not very deep, so it is fun to take a dip in the water here. Also, the Sangam offers breathtaking views not only of the merging waters but also of the Allahabad Fort, and the New Yamuna Bridge.
Timings: 24 Hours
Entry: Free, Rs. 500 - 1500 for Boating, Rs. 100 - 1000 for Puja