39 Facts About Allahabad


Allahabad, officially known as Prayagraj, known as Ilahabad, is a metropolis in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Allahabad was known as Kosambi in the late Vedic period, named by the Kuru rulers of Hastinapur, who developed it as their capital.

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Allahabad was said to be impressed by its strategic location and built a fort there, later renaming it Ilahabas by 1584, which was changed to Allahabad by Shah Jahan.

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In mid-1600, Jahangir made an abortive attempt to seize Agra's treasury and came to Allahabad, seizing its treasury and setting himself up as a virtually independent ruler.

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Allahabad was reconciled with Akbar and returned to Allahabad where he stayed before returning to the royal court in 1604.

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Allahabad became the capital of the North-Western Provinces in 1858 and was the capital of India for a day.

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Allahabad has hosted cultural and sporting events, including the Prayag Kumbh Mela and the Indira Marathon.

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In papers published about 1979, John Irwin – a scholar of Indian Art History and Archaeology, concurred with Krishnaswamy and Ghosh that the Allahabad pillar was never moved and was always at the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna.

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Allahabad further stated that the pillar origins were undoubtedly pre-Ashokan based on the new evidence from the archaeological and geological surveys of the triveni site, the major and minor inscriptions as well as textual evidence, taken together.

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Allahabad adds that after Mahmud of Ghazni captured Asni near Fatehpur, he couldn't have crossed into Bundelkhand without visiting Allahabad had there been a city worth plundering.

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Allahabad further adds that its capture should have been heard when Muhammad of Ghor captured Benares.

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Allahabad states that Akbar laid the foundation of the city at a place of the confluence of Ganges and Jumna which was a very sacred site of Hindus, then gives 1574 and 1584 as the year of its founding, and that it was named Ilahabas.

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Allahabad was a participant in the 1857 Indian Mutiny, when Maulvi Liaquat Ali unfurled the banner of revolt.

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Allahabad is known as the City of Prime Ministers because seven out of 15 prime ministers of India since independence have connections to Allahabad .

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Allahabad is in the southern part of Uttar Pradesh, at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna.

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Allahabad has a humid subtropical climate common to cities in the plains of North India, designated Cwa in the Koppen climate classification.

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Allahabad has three seasons: a hot, dry summer, a cool, dry winter and a hot, humid monsoon.

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Allahabad never receives snow, but, experiences dense winter fog due to numerous wood fires, coal fires, and open burning of rubbish—resulting in substantial traffic and travel delays.

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Ganga-Jamuna Doab, of which Allahabad is a part, is on the western Indus-Gangetic Plain region.

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Allahabad division, comprising four districts, is headed by the divisional commissioner of Allahabad, who is an Indian Administrative Service officer of high seniority, the commissioner is the head of local government institutions in the division, is in charge of infrastructure development in his division, and is responsible for maintaining law and order in the division.

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Allahabad district administration is headed by the district magistrate and collector of Allahabad, who is an IAS officer.

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The city of Allahabad is currently divided into 80 wards, with one member elected from each ward to form the municipal committee.

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Allahabad was declared to have metropolitan status in October 2006.

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Allahabad is the seat of Allahabad High Court, the highest judicial body in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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The Allahabad district has two parliamentary constituency, namely, Allahabad and Phul pur and elects 12 members of the legislative assembly to the state legislature.

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The main industrial areas of Allahabad are Naini and Phulpur, where several public and private sector companies have offices and factories.

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Main international and domestic airport serving Allahabad is Allahabad Airport, which began operations in February 1966.

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Allahabad Junction is one of the main railway junctions in northern India and headquarters of the North Central Railway Zone.

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Cable-stayed, New Yamuna Bridge, is in Allahabad and connects the city to the suburb of Naini across the Yamuna.

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Allahabad was the first city to get pre-paid meters for electricity bill in Uttar Pradesh.

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Allahabad has a total of twenty four hospitals run by the administration.

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Some known multispecialty hospitals in and around Allahabad are Alka Hospital, Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, Amardeep Hospital, Asha Hospital, Ashutosh Hospital and Trauma Centre, Bhola Hospital, Dwarka Hospital, D R S Hospital, Jain Hospital, Parvati Hospital Pvt.

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Allahabad commenced working on solid waste management and power sector in generating renewable energy.

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Allahabad University, founded in 1876, is the oldest university in the state.

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Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad is a noted technical institution.

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Allahabad has been called the "literary capital of Uttar Pradesh", attracting visitors from East Asia; the Chinese travellers Faxian and Xuanzang found a flourishing city in the fifth and seventh centuries, respectively.

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Allahabad is a publication centre for Hindi literature, including the Lok Bharti, Rajkamal and Neelabh.

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Allahabad has seven FM stations, including two AIR stations: Gyan Vani and Vividh Bharti, four private FM channels: BIG FM 92.

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The famous cricket club Allahabad Cricketers has produced many national and international cricket players.

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