Sangam

Sangam

Sangam

Location Around 7 km from Civil Lines, Near Fort, Allahabad, U.P., India
Ideal time Any time around of the year specially from mid Jan to Feb (Month of Magh) during the annual Magh Mela
Attractions Various Fairs & evening Ganga Arti (River worship).
How to reach Hire an auto or cab from hotel or take a rickshaw if staying in the vicinity

Sangam literally means- confluence in Hindi. The sacred Sangam is the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu Mythology- divine Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, which is believed to be flowing but can't be seen. That is why this point is known as Triveni. At the Sangam the water of mud coloured shallow Ganges and bluish green deep Yamuna can be seen distinctly merging. It offers a fascinating view at sun rise. The place is considered as one of the most sacred soul cleansing bathing destinations in Hindu religion. It is believed that a few water drops of nectar (Amrit) fell at the Sangam and made the water of the place truly pure and laced with divinity. It is the venue for many sacred fairs & rituals and attracts tourists throughout the year. Sangam can be seen buzzing with hectic activities during annual Magh Mela (fair), Ardh Kumbh Mela (Every Sixth Year) and Kumbh Mela (Every Twelve Year), It not only attracts the devotees from the all over the country but also from distant nations as well. The kumbh Mela holds a record in the Guinness book as the largest congregation of human beings on the earth. During these fairs the vacant land near the rivers is converted in to a huge tent city. Not only there are several special bathing days, there are special auspicious bathing times also. On the most auspicious day there is a big parade & the bathing order is strictly observed. Pandas (local priest) help devotees perform various rituals including Pind Dan at the Sangam. It is widely believed that bathing here at the auspicious time (calculated by astrologers) helps one to attain Moksha or salvation, freedom from infinite cycle of life & death. The Hindu belief is to scatter or immerse one's cremated ashes at the Sangam to attain salvation. Boats are available for visitors to take a ride in the river to the point where both rivers meet. Boats can be rented at the ghats from the east side of the fort. A boat club is located at Nehru Ghat adjacent to old Saraswati Ghat. Evening Arati at Nehru Ghat is also an attraction. Water sports facilities are available at Nehru Ghat.

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