Allahabad renamed as Prayagraj before Kumbh Mela 2019
Allahabad is now renamed as Prayagraj before the upcoming Kumbh Mela in 2019. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ajay Singh Bisht, known as Yogi Adityanath previously mentioned that "Allahabad will be renamed as Prayagraj". The CM said, "It might be the wish of many people that Allahabad can be renamed as Prayagraj. I think that it will give a very good message. We should know this city as Prayag Raj and it can be a good start,if everyone agrees."
Some banners can be seen for the upcoming Kumbh Mela mentioning the name of the city as Prayagraj instead of Allahabad. Kumbh Mela 2019 is to begin on January 15, 2019 and conclude on March 4, 2019.
Allahabad renamed as Prayagraj
CM Adityanath said in the Circuit House in Allahabad, "to review the preparedness of Kumbh, a meeting was called and a proposal was given by Akhada Parishad and others regarding changing the name of Allahabad district to Prayagraj." UP Governor Ram Naik has already given the nod for Prayagraj name change.
Story of Allahabad from Prayag/Piyag to Pragragraj
Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh is the leading educational centre as well as the place where one can find High Court and Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission. The place of Sangam and organising of Kumbh mela holds religious importance.
Timeline of Allahabad's renaming:
- The city of Allahabad was known as Prayag before 1575.
- As per medieval texts including Akbar's court historian Abul Fazl called it Piyag. The Rig Veda and some Puranas mention it holding high degree of importance.
- It was named Illahabas meaning 'abode of God' by the then Mughal Emperor Akbar when he visited the place in 1575
- Later after some time, it came to be known as Allahabad.