Last Saturday I went to Allahabad for my best friend’s engagement. I went there only for a day, nevertheless I have gotten an impression and I really liked Triveni Sangam.
The Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Of these three, the river Saraswati is invisible and is said to flow underground and join the other two rivers from below. The river Yamuna merges into the Ganges at this point and the Ganges continues on until it meets the sea at the Bay of Bengal.
Right after the engagement ceremony we went back to hotel and planned to take holy dip in Triveni Sangam. When we reached the bank, the scene was so alluring. Waters meet away from the Yamuna bank and visitors take boats from Bank to Sangam.
Without wasting time we inquired about the rates which boat owners charge. Generally they charge Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 from the banks of Yamuna to Triveni Sangam if you take an entire boat. A good many boat owners were chasing us with none of them really going below Rs 1100. It was not that easy to find boat though, but eventually we did and somehow we got one in Rs 300. Of course we were travelling of season, which might have something to do with.
It was 200-300 metres from Yamuna Bank in the middle where the rivers actually meet. This conflux offers excellent view during the Sunrise and Sunset. We were lucky enough to see the Sunset.
Here the muddy and pale-yellow waters of the Ganges merge with the blue waters of Yamuna, resulting in a spectacular view for the visitors. While the Ganges is only 4 feet deep, the Yamuna is 40 feet deep near the point of their nexus.
In around 15-20 minutes we reached the junction. When we were inside the boat, we got some picturesque views around like New Yamuna Bridge, Allahabad Fort, White birds floating on the water.
We took the holy bath and performed small Pooja of the three Rivers. According to hindu mythology, it is believed that “Those who bathe at the place where the two rivers, white and dark, flow together, rise upto heaven and a wash in Triveni Sangam can wash off all the sins”
On our way back to Yamuna Bank, we enjoyed small talk with the boat riders.
Indeed it was an amazing boat ride.
I could never ask for a better sunset. This might seem like a very short time, still we have managed to get a good impression.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and seeing some pictures of this great Pilgrimage destination.
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– Sagrika Jhamb