Prayag, or Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh is one of the holiest places in Hinduism. Religious importance of Prayag stems from the fact that it is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswatri Rivers – Triveni Sangam. In Hindu religion, there arenumerous other spiritual importance to the place.
Prayag means ‘place of sacrifice’. Legend has it that Brahma performed Ashwamedha Yajna here to celebrate the recovery of Vedas from Demon Hayagriva by Lord Vishnu.
Prayag is also said to be the navel of earth.
After the Samudra Manthan, or churning of ocean, when the Amrit, or elixir of life, was carried around the earth, few drops fell at Prayag and there for Kumbha Mela is organized here once in twelve years.
As per Hindu scriptures, Prayag will be the only place to survive after the Mahapralaya, the great deluge, which will end one cycle of creation.
Due to these and several other reasons, Prayag is known as Tirtha Raja or the King among Tirthas.