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Maa Alopi Devi

Temple History

Prayaga Madhaveshwari Devi Mandir is situated at Alopibagh in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Prayaga Madhaveswari Temple is one of the 18 Shaktipeetha Temples (Astadasha Shaktipeethas). She is also called as Alopi Devi(Lalitha Devi). Prayaga means Prakrishta Yaga, that means it is the place where Lord Brahma did a very great Yaga. Hence its name became Prayaga. This holy place is also known as Bhaskara Kshetra.

The main deity here is Maa Madhaveshwari Devi. At the Alopi Temple, Goddess Alopi Devi is depicted as a Wooden Jhula or Doli placed a top a marble stone. Everyone is allowed to touch this Doli symbolic representation of Shaktism and offer the offerings directly. There is no idol in the main garbagriha. Powerful vibrations can be felt when visiting this Garbagriha. There are also nine idols of Navadurga in the main temple complex. This one is not to be missed.

The temple stands near the holy Triveni Sangam where the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati meet. All the three rivers have their importance individually. Hence the confluence became very very holy place. One should take a holy bath here when visited this place. By bathing in the holy waters of the Sangam one is ridden of all sinsand gets all his desires fulfilled.

History:
The origin of the name, Alopi (disappeared) Bagh lies in the Hindu belief that, after Sati Devi immolation and Yagna destruction, the mentally disturbed Lord Shiva lifted Sati’s body and performed Tandav. To calm him down, Lord Vishnu cut Sati’s body parts using Sudarshana Chakra. Resulting in the drop of various parts of the body at various places in India, which were sanctified by the touch of the Goddess' body parts and hence were thereby deemed holy places for pilgrimage.
The fingers of the hands of Goddess Sati dropped here. Allahabad is last part fell at this location thereby named as Alopi (where disappearance was concluded).

Another local version dates back to the time when the entire region was a dense forest infested with dacoits. Once, a marriage procession was passing through this forest. Deep into the jungle, the procession was surrounded by robbers. After killing all the people and looting the wealth, they turned to the 'doli' of the bride. When they unveiled the doli, they found no one inside. The bride had disappeared. Later, a temple came up at the site of incident and locals started worshiping the bride as "Alopi Devi" or the 'virgin goddess who had disappeared'.

Maha Kumbh Mela:
Allahabad is world famous for the "Maha Kumbh Mela" that is held once in 12 years. It is said that, more than 30million people take part in the mammoth religious carnival which is supposed to be the largest gatherings of people on the earth. The Maha Kumbh Mela attracts huge gatherings of pilgrims and others from all over the world. The Magha Mela is held between mid January and mid February every year.

Bade Hanuman jee or Sleeping Hanuman Temple at Triveni Sangam:-
Hanuman Jee is undoubtedly the strongest personalities in the Ramayan. This idol of Hanuman Jee is in sleeping position exists only in Allahabad at Triveni Sangam. As per the mythology, when Lord Ram after conquering Lanka and defeating Ravana came here to worship at Sangam, Hanuman Jee experienced severe body ache and laid at Sangam. Finishing his prayers, when Lord Ram asked Hanuman Ji to proceed further, Hanuman Jee denied to proceed due to severe pain. Sita Maa then blessed Hanuman jee and all the pains were flown away from his body by the sacred water in the Triveni Sangam.

Another belief lies with the people that, the year in which Ganga
water do not reach Hanuman Jee’s foot, undesirable situations occur, such as draught and famines. People await the moment when the Ganges meets Hanuman Jee in the monsoons.

Swami Brahmananda(Rakhal), first president of Ramakrishna math, spiritual son and one of the best student of Sri Ramakrishna paramahamsa, saw the goddess here as a small child with three Jatas. Trijata.

 

Additional Information

Since Prayag is among the most worshipped place in Hindu culture, this place is full of accommodation arrangements. Even if the private accommodation is kept part, still the government plus the non-government organization comfort spaces are more.

Festivals such as Maha Shivrati, Chaitri Navratri, Ashwin Navratri, Dussehra, Durga puja and Deepavali are celebrated in a grand manner.

Allahabad is well connected to all the major cities and towns by roads. Allahabad Civil Lines Bus Stand is 3.6 kms from the Alopi Devi mandir.

Allahabad Railway Junction is just 4.6 kms from here and is connected with all the major cities of India. Buses, Taxis and Autos are available from the bus stand and railway stations.

Allahabad Airport is the nearest airport which is 15 kms from the temple.

  • 05:00 am to 1:00 pm & 03:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: (+91) 09822712641, 09411111302
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