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Prayagraj in Kumbh 2019 : a photo walk

The Kumbh mela, the largest religious congregation in the world, is a Hindu festival of sorts and takes place once in every 12 years in the holy city of Prayagraj, at Sangam, the confluence of the three holy rivers of India, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.

14 th January 2019 , marks the beginning of this holy pilgrimage. The beautiful wall murals celebrating Kumbh have been painted all over Prayagraj, a feature attracting locals and tourists alike. In my recent trip to the city, which is also my native place, the beauty of the city left me spellbound. I have witnessed 2 maha Kumbh and 3 ardh Kumbh in my lifetime here, but never has the city looked so beautiful and inviting like this time.

Sharing with you some wall murals truely canvassing the soul of Prayaraj, (formerly known as Allahabad).I managed to click some on my phone while going out and about.

This mural depicts “samudra manthan”. According to the Hindu mythology, mount Mandara was used as a pivot , and Vasuki, the king of serpents, was used as a rope to churn Kshira-Samudra, the sea of milk. Done by the Hindu gods and demons on each sides, the churninv led to the emergence of Amrit, the exilir of life, among many other things.

This wall mural is dedicated to Chandrashekhar Azad, an Indian revolutionary who sacrificed his life during India’s struggle for freedom. It was in Allahabad that he sacrificed his life in 1931. A memorial has been built after his name in Prayagraj, which is also the biggest park in the city.

This wall mural celebrates perhaps the most famous “Allahabadi” , someone we are all so proud of, Amitabh Bachchan. Arguably the greatest actor the Hindi film industry has seen, he was born in Allahabad and completed his primary education here. His father, Dr Hariwansh Rai Bachchan, is a celebrated poet in Hindi literature and was also a resident of Allahabad.

Another beautiful wall mural in an important business centre of the city, Indira Bhavan.

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