15 Famous Temples in Prayagraj-Allahabad
Talking about all the teerth sthan or the pilgrimage spots of India, Prayagraj is called to be the king of all of them, i.e., Teerthraj. Prayagraj is known by some other names like Kumbha Nagari, Sangam Nagari, Triveni Kshetra etc. In Sanskrit literature, Prayagraj is also mentioned as Ilabas as well. Prayagraj, formerly called as Allahabad (the name given by Akbar) has been in existence since billion of years as per the Hindu scriptures. ‘Pra’ means first and ‘yag’ means Yajna which means sacrifice. Lord Brahma is said to have performed his first Yajna or sacrifice here. In Sanskrit, Prayag also means confluence of rivers or the ‘sangam’. In this holy city, it is obvious that there will be no dearth of temples and hence below is listed the top 15 temples in Prayagraj. Triveni Sangam is the most pious place to be visited in Prayagraj.
Hanumat Niketan Mandir: Hanumat Niketan, located in Civil Lines area of the city, is one of the most famous temples in Prayagraj. Built in modern times, the temple has been designed and constructed on the traditional tenets of Nagar style of temple architecture. Its huge complex comprises shrines of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram & Sita, Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva, Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Saraswati etc, along with conventional gym, akhara, library, sweet shops, residences of the priests and employees.
Bharadwaj Ashram: This ashram was the ashram of sage or Rishi Bharadwaj in the Treta Yug. He was a very famous Rishi of that era. This ashram was a famous education centre of that time. This ashram is one of the most common tourists spot in Prayagraj. The ashram was spread over a large area. Present day University of Allahabad is built in that area. Bharadwaj Ashram finds ample mention in Ramayana and Ramcharitmanas.
Shankar Viman Mandapam: As the name of the temple makes it quite evident that this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built in the memory of Adi Shankaracharya. Devotees from all over the world have this temple in their priority list to visit when in Prayagraj. It is situated on the banks of the Triveni Sangam.
Nag Vasuki Temple: Nah Vasuki temple is a temple dedicated to Nag raj. This temple obviously has the statue of Nag Raj and along with that, it has the statues of Ganesh, Parvati and Bhishma Pitamah. Inside the temple premise, there is a Lord Shiva temple as well. Located on the banks of river Ganga, this temple is gorgeous by all means.
Takshakeshwar Nath Temple: Takshakeshwar Nath Temple in Prayagraj is again a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Inside the temple, there are a lot of lingas and idols of Lord Shiva along with an idol of Lord Hanuman. It is believed that visiting this temple removes all defects, obstacles, and dangers from the lives of the devotees.
Mankameshwar Mandir: This is also a temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also a beautiful temple that is located on the banks of river Yamuna and is very close to the Saraswati Ghat. The best day to visit this temple has to be Mondays as they are considered the most auspicious.
Shri Beni Madhav Temple: There are altogether 12 Madhav Temples in Prayagraj and this is one of the 12 Madhav Temples in the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. It is also popularly called as Vani Madhav temple. As per the Padma Puran, he is the main god of Prayag.
Alopi Devi Temple: The temple is also locally referred to as Alop Shankari Temple. The sanctum of the temple is quite unique with a well in the centre and a decorated jhula. There is no idol and it is believed that the Devi disappeared from the jhula and hence the jhula is worshipped. It is also one of the Shakti peeths where the fingers of Sati fell.
Lalita Devi Temple: The highlight of this temple is the idol of Lalita devi which is in all silver and has two more idols by her side. There is also a series of Sri Yantra kept beside the idols. It is definitely one of the most peaceful temples to visit in Prayagraj.
Kalyani Devi Temple: It is an old temple and is also a Shakti peeth. There are 3 images at the sanctum. They are fully covered with only their face and bright eyes on it can be seen. The idols are around 1500 years old. Inside the temple premise, there is a special temple dedicated to Lord Shiva’s form Kalyaneshwar Mahadev.
Dashashwamedh Temple: As per the Hindu Scriptures, the creator, Lord Brahma, performed the Yajna, for building peace and prosperity. The Dashashwamedh Temple’s construction was on this land where the Ashwamedha Yagna was performed and worshiped Lord Shiva. The temples has the idols of Nandi Deva, Shesha Naga.
Shri Akhileshwar Mahadev Temple Complex: The temple is dedicated to one of the forms of Lord Shiva which is Shri Akhileshwar Mahadev. It is one of the most extravagant and beautiful temples of Lord Shiva whose ambience is really pious. Inside the temple complex, there is a meditation spot called as the Dhyan Mandapam.
Akshayavat: Akshayavat is nothing but a sacred fig tree which is worshipped by the Hindu devotees. This tree is considered a sign of strength and devotion towards Lord Vishnu. It is currently inside the Allahabad Fort. The devotees who visit Kumbh Mela make sure to pay a visit and worship this Akshayavat.
Lete Hanuman Ji Temple: The huge idol of Lord Hanuman ji is in a form of sleeping position. The temple is excessively crowded on the Tuesdays and also during the Kumbh Mela. The original image seems to be in black granite. But the Sindoor smeared all over the body makes it look Sindoori or red in colour.
Patalpuri Temple: This is one of the most ancient temples inside the Allahabad fort. The temple has giant walls with stone pillars. There are many temples inside and each of them have a story to tell. This is an important temple of the city.
When someone plans a trip to this holy city, one must include these top 15 temples in Prayagraj. In fact, their trip is not complete without visiting these gorgeous temples in the city. The significance of Prayagraj has been in our Vedas as well. Visiting this city means delving deep into the ocean of religiosity and wading through the cultural heritage of the Hindu traditions. Customized Prayagraj tour packages ensure the best way to explore the city.