Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad enjoys a glorious legacy. It’s a city that has been dominated by best minds since time immemorial. Its ancient name Prayag is associated with Rishis (saints) and Devas (demigods) eager to have an opportunity to live in this city.  Sri Rama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu,  and, Sri Shankaracharya, incarnation of Lord Shiva,  both came to interact with this city in their own ways.  Needless to state about Kumbh Mela, which provides it a global appeal.  And who can forget its role in Independence movement? And in post- Independence  era, it still continues to dominate the course of this great nation by giving birth to remarkable thought patterns. Leading politicians, top bureaucrats, great literary figures and etc.  all belong to this city. This city wedded to realism is very very slow in embracing ultra-modern changes, but now it has  started accepting bizarre changes all in the name of being in tune with time!

Even Allahabad's Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speak About Saints :-)

Even Allahabad’s Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speaks About Saints 🙂

This city has imbibed secular spirt so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated my modern India's so-called secular leaders. It's beauitul Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

This city has imbibed secular spirit so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated by modern India’s so-called secular leaders. It’s beautiful Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called "All Saints Cathedral" ( Patthar Girja)!  Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called “All Saints Cathedral” (Patthar Girja)! Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

A Busy Street In Chowk Area. It's always a great rush here!

A Busy street in Chowk Area. It’s always a great rush here!

Another corner of Chowk Area.  This area comes in old Allahabad.

Another corner of Chowk area. This area comes in old Allahabad.

Don't be confused! It's not a  gali of Benaras. It's Allahabad's Loknath Ki Gali :-) Here too, like Varanasi's gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people :P :P :P

Don’t be confused! It’s not a gali of Benaras. It’s Allahabad’s Loknath Ki Gali 🙂 Here too, like Varanasi’s gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people 😛 😛 😛

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It's called Imarti :P :P :P

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It’s called Imarti 😛 😛 😛

Parrots on sale :P

Parrots on sale 😛

 

This is Baldau's famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj :-) These two brothers  started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

This is Baldau’s famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj 🙂 These two brothers started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images :P :P :P

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images 😛 😛 😛

Hot Popcorns :P :P  Garma Garam Aur Karare :P :P

Hot Popcorns 😛 😛 Garma Garam Aur Karare 😛 😛

It's the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It's the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

It’s the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It’s the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place :-)

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place 🙂

These are Pandas-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers...

Usually one finds  Pandas beneath such constructions-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers…However, at this time, we are noticing only the devotees 😛

Well, it's a great feeling to be at this place...It fills you with positive energy!!

Well, it’s a great feeling to be at this place…It fills you with positive energy!!

 

Evening Hours At Sangam :-) So Beautiful :-)

Evening Hours At Sangam 🙂 So Beautiful 🙂

On Road To Sangam :P

On Road To Sangam 😛

During Mela time It's absolutely  jam-packed !

During Mela time it’s absolutely jam-packed!

This routes are created during Mela days to allow  smooth passage of vehicles!

These routes are created during Mela days to allow smooth passage of vehicles!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Now That's The Place Which Millions Of Devotees Each Year :-)

Now That’s The Place Which Witnesses Millions Of Devotees Each Year 🙂

I also left my footprints here :-) :-) :-)

I also left my footprints here 🙂 🙂 🙂

 A Bird's Eye View Of The Sangam Area :P

A Bird’s Eye View Of The Sangam Area 😛

Glimpse of Devotees At This Place. They come from various parts of India in a hope to have their wishes fulfilled.  But not without taking a dip in the icy waters :P :P :P

Glimpse of devotees at this place. They come from various parts of India with a hope to have their wishes fulfilled. But not without taking a dip in the icy waters 😛 😛 😛

This Is Allahabad's Fort built  by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it's under the control of Indian Army!

This Is Allahabad’s Fort built by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it’s under the control of Indian Army!

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 AD !

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D. !

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort.  This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annhilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sita Maiyya and Lakshmana!

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort. This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annihilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sri Sita Maiyya and Sri Lakshmana!

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads :P

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads 😛

 

This is Bade Hanuman Ji's Temple located in Sangam Area. It's an extremely popular temple among the devotees!  Notice the huge number of devotees at this place!  Interestingly, it believes that every year Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once :-)

This is Bade Hanuman Ji’s Temple located in Sangam Area. It’s an extremely popular temple among the devotees! Notice the huge number of devotees at this place! Interestingly, every year Sri Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once 🙂

Life around this temple. It's so colourful and serene :-)

Life around this temple. It’s so colourful and serene 🙂

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends :P :P :P

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends 😛 😛 😛

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced :P

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced 😛

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji.  Sri Adi Shankara ji was India's greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji. Sri Adi Shankara ji was India’s greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

Entrance  Gate Of This Temple.

Entrance Gate Of This Temple.

Various episodes from the life of  Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Kumarila Bhatta :-)

Various episodes from the life of Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Sri Kumarila Bhatta 🙂

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara's debate with Sri Mandana Misra- a great Hindu philosopher :-) :-) :-)

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara’s debate with Sri Mandana Misra– a great Hindu philosopher ?  🙂 🙂 🙂

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

It's a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area :-)

It’s a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area 🙂

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad's  Daraganj area. Allahbadi's best remember it for Niralaji's presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad’s Daraganj area. Allahbadis best remember it for Niralaji’s presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique :-)

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique 🙂

This street is bit cleaner without losing  its rustic appeal :P

This street is bit cleaner without losing its rustic appeal 😛

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm :P

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm 😛

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area :P :P :P

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area 😛 😛 😛

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Ma's Temple.  During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees :-)

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Devi’s Temple. During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees 🙂

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi's Temple :-)

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi’s Temple 🙂

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind :P :P This temple known as  Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It's learnt that  Srila Prabhupada took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja!  Jai Sri Krishna :P :P

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind 😛 😛 This temple known as Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It’s learnt that Srila Prabhupadaji  took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja! Jai Sri Krishna 😛 😛

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple :-)

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple 🙂

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College Associated With Sampoornananda University, Varanasi :-)

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College associated with Sampoornananda University, Varanasi, in Daraganj area 🙂

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla :P  If not, then it's time for you to taste them :P. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas :P ...And notice the huge crowd :P

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla 😛 If not, then it’s time for you to taste them :P. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas 😛 …And notice the huge crowd 😛

They taste really good :P...Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad :P :P

They taste really good :P…Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad 😛 😛

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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 References:

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 responses

  1. Many thanks to these conscious readers who immediately had a look at this post in the aftermath of its publication 😛

    Vidya Bhushan Pandey, Special Prosecution Officer, High Court, Allahabad, Prosecution Department, Uttar Pradesh; Vaibhav Mani Tripathi, Sub Registrar, Jharkhand State Government; Chandrapal S. Bhasker, United Kingdom; Katie Paulson Galarneau, New Ulm, Minnesota, USA; Rekha Pandey, Mumbai; Kripashankar Pandey, Mumbai;Acharya Bindhyavasini, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh; Shahabuddin Mohammed, Ernakulam, Kerala (although he is true Allahabadi 😛 ) Satyam Thakur, Allahabad; Rajendra Garg, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Jagdish Badgaiyan, Katni, Madhya Pradesh; Ashvini Kumar, RSS Activist, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Deepak Sarin, New Delhi; Deewaker Pandey, New Delhi; and Himanshu B. Pandey, Siwan, Bihar.

  2. Author’s words for Dharmendra Sharma ji, United Arab Emirates :

    Really proud to be part of this legacy in an intimate way even though I feel disappointed about this city’s passive interception of contributions made by the great minds..It refuses to acknowledge them in honourable way..I mean its somewhat dull and dry…

    Anyway, many other photo features are in the queue..Don’t miss them..

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    Author’s words for Vaibhav Mani Tripathiji, Sub Registrar, Jharkhand Government:

    Really glad that despite being genuinely busy, you find time to have some space for my write-ups..Many interesting write-ups are in the queue…Do have a look at them too..

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    Author’s Words For Prakhar Pandey, Poet/Writer, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh:

    It’s a tribute to my own city- a remarkable city in the whole universe..Vibrant and true to life…

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    Author’s Words For Vidya Bhushan Pandey, Special Prosecution Officer, High Court, Allahabad, Prosecution Department, Uttar Pradesh:

    Glad to see your active participation on my posts….

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    Author’s words for Shubhranshu Pandey, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh:

    No…No..No…You are not late…You are right on time..And you are right that I have published it late due to so many reasons- one of the reasons is that I was working on several photo features at the same time..And yes, many photo features are in the queue …Do have a look at them..The “observer” in you would love to anticipate it 🙂

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  3. Rajbir Deswal, IPS Officer/ Noted Columnist, said:

    Nice….

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    Author’s Response:

    Your “NICE” says all 🙂 Thanks a lot, Rajbir ji !!!

  4. Swami Prabhu Chaitanya, Patna, Bihar, said:

    Really very nice, You are a good photographer too…..

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    Author’s Response:

    Thanks a lot Swamiji..I am artistic by temperament..I wish to make full use of talent given by Lord..

  5. Swami Prabhu Chaitanya, Patna, Bihar, said:

    आप अपनी क्षमताओं का भरपूर उपयोग करें मेरी शुभ कामनाएँ कि जीवन को उसकी परिपूर्णता में जान सकें 🙂

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    Author’s Response:

    धन्यवाद स्वामीजी। आपकी बाते उत्साह बढाती है नीरस युग में! और राम नवमी पर आपको ढेरो शुभकामनाये!!

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    Swami Prabhu Chaitanya, Patna, Bihar, said:

    युग कभी नीरस नहीं होता और रस का उद्रेक हमेशा अन्तःकरण से होता है तभी तो कोई ऋषि कह सका “रसो वै सः” रामनवमी के इस पर्व पर आपको भी अनेकों शुभ कामनाएँ !

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  6. Deepak Sarin, New Delhi, said:

    Allahabad also has dubious distintion of producing 3 klankit kapoots namely Nehru,Jinnah & Sheikh Abdullah…..

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    Author’s Response:

    जाहिर सी बात है कि नायक के साथ कुछ खलनायक भी उत्पन्न हो जाते है. इसका जिक्र मैंने किया है तभी मैंने ये लिखा भी है किसी एक मित्र को कमेंट में कि ये शहर लाख खूबियों के बाद भी ह्रदय में रस का संचार नहीं करता और ना ही पॉजिटिव लोगो को ठीक ठीक सपोर्ट ही दे पाता है फिर भी ये शहर इतने ऊँचे शिखर पर खड़ा है कि कुछ कहते नहीं बनता!

  7. Ashvini Kumar, RSS Activist, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, said:

    वैसे पाण्डेय जी आपकी निगाहों प्रयाग को देखा इलाहाबाद को तो रोज ही देखता हूँ ,, और हाँ देहाती रसगुल्ला अब देहाती नहीं रहा बस लोगों को मुगालता है कि वो देहाती है 🙂

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    Author’s Response:

    अरे ये तो मुझे पता ना था कि देहाती रसगुल्ले ने अपना रंग ढंग बदल लिया है 😛 वैसे इस फ़ोटो सीरीज में और अंक जुड़ेगे। देखते रहिएगा। वैसे इस पर निगाहे जमाने के लिए धन्यवाद 🙂

  8. Author’s Words For Carmen Ampuero, Lima, Peru:

    Thanks for having a look at it. Photography is an uinque art..I am merely using it to add new dimensions in my own artistic spirit. Also using it to understand life better..Many more photo series are in the queue. Do have a look at them once they get published in future..

  9. Author’s words Carmen Ampuero, Lima, Peru:

    Carmen ji…

    Well, you are truly evolved to anticipate all good happenings in a balanced way..At my end, I am simply using all my talent, provided by Lord, to serve the cause of life real way, maximum way…So that at end part of my life I do not have any regrets..I mean I am using the talent given by Lord to make life little better if not a complete overhaul radical way!

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  10. Arvind:
    Thanks for the link to these wonderfully done photos that tell a delightful story of real life and beautiful scenes.
    Glad to see the humble things in life still mean so much to you.
    Take Care!….well done

    1. Thanks Wayne for your heartfelt remarks..Such words make me feel that I was no fool to waste my time in such time consuming creative endeavours!

  11. With its clean and paved roads and Sangam ghats, your Prayag is tempting.
    I will pay it a visit one of these days, if bhagwan wills it, Arvind ji.

    1. @ Sucheta ji…

      That would be a most rewarding affair- an experience of lifetime…Above all, it’s very well connected to New Delhi and, therefore, you would not face much complications.

      One of the expectations while writing such photo features is to ensure that it makes people sitting in unheard corners of the universe tempted to make a visit 🙂 And if I could make visitors like you pay visit to my city, it would definitely be no mean achievement.

      Thanks for becoming part of this post now as a reader 🙂

  12. Good one… What are those Adi Shankara statues made of?

    1. Thanks my friend :-)….They are made of stone!

      1. wow… looks like metal.

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