Famous Temples in Prayagraj

Prayagraj, also known as Allahabad, is a sacred city in India, steeped in mythology and religious significance. Millions visit this city throughout the year, but especially during the Kumbh Mela, the largest human pilgrimage gathering on Earth. But even amidst the usual hustle and bustle, there's a sense of serenity that permeates the air, especially in its many temples. Embark on a spiritual journey as we delve into the most renowned temples in Prayagraj, each with its unique charm and story to tell.

Shankracharya Viman Mandapam

Towering over the bustling banks of the Sangam, the Shankar Viman Mandapam is a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Atop a pyramidal hill, the architecture is reminiscent of a South Indian Vimana (temple tower), with intricate carvings and sculptures adorning its facade. Devotees throng here to seek blessings and witness the mesmerising aarti (river offering) performed every evening.

Shiv linga with a trishool against sunset
A statue of a woman in a colourful outfit

Alopi Devi Temple

One of the Shakti Peethas, divine abodes of Goddess Sati, Alopi Devi Temple is a revered pilgrimage site. The temple houses a unique idol depicting the goddess as a doll. It is believed that the last remaining part of Sati Devi's body fell off in this place after which she disappeared from the face of earth. The intricate carvings and the vibrant atmosphere imbue the temple with a mystic.

Shri Beni Madhav Temple

Nestled along the banks of the holy Yamuna river, the Shri Beni Madhav Temple stands as a timeless testimony to devotion and faith. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this sacred shrine attracts devotees from far and wide, seeking blessings and solace in the divine presence of the Lord. The temple's architectural grandeur and serene ambiance provide a tranquil sanctuary for spiritual seekers.

Giant statue of Lord Vishnu
Statue of Lord Hanuman with his hands folded

Sankat Mochan Mandir

As the name suggests, the Sankat Mochan Mandir is believed to be a harbinger of relief from troubles and adversities. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the epitome of strength and devotion, this temple resonates with the chants of hymns and the aroma of incense, creating an atmosphere of divine grace and protection. Devotees flock here to seek blessings and divine intervention in times of distress.

Mankameshwar Temple

Located near the Saraswati Ghat, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to grant wishes to devotees who offer sincere prayers. Legend says that the Shivlinga in the temple, covered in complete silver was founded by Shiva himself. The Swayambhu Shiva Lingam, a self-manifested lingam, is the temple's most sacred offering. Around the temple premises, shrines of other deities like Lord Rama, Goddess Ganga, Goddess Gayatri, Lord Hanuman, and more are present.

Statue of Lord Shiva
A man wearing saffron dhoti and meditating

Bharadwaj Ashram

Believed to be the hermitage of Sage Bharadwaj, one of the seven sages (Saptarishis), the Bharadwaj Ashram is an ancient site steeped in spiritual significance. Within the ashram lies a temple dedicated to Bharadwaj muni, visited by devotees seeking blessings and knowledge.

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