ALLAHABAD FORT

Allahabad Fort is a fort built by the Mughal emperor Akbar at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1583. The fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near its confluence with the river Ganges. It is recognised by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.Abu'l-Fazl, in his Akbarnama writes:-For a long time [Akbar's] desire was to found a great city in the town of Piyag [Prayag], where the rivers Ganges and Jamna join, and which is regarded by the people of India with much reverence, and which is a place of pilgrimage for the ascetics of that country, and to build a choice fort there. — (Abu'l Fazl, Akbarnama )            Akbar named the fort Illahabas ("blessed by God"), which later became "Allahabad".At present, the fort is used by the army and only a limited area is open to visitors.Inside the fort there is the Zenana, Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani and the 3rd century BC Ashoka Piller.The Saraswati Koop, said to be the source of the Saraswati river and the Patalpuri temple are also here.Allahabad Fort is the location of the much revered Akshayavat or "immortal tree". Legends say that if anyone jumps from this centuries-old banyan tree, he will attain immortality.

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