The city kaushamnhi, earlier known as Kausam, is
situated at around 62 km from Allahabad on the way to
Chitrakoot. The city was also once a great Buddhist,
center and during his time, Kaushambi was one of the
six most important and wealthy towns of India.
District Kaushambi is located in the west of Allahabad
region. In the North of the area Pratapgarh, in the
south Chitrakoot, in the east Allahabad, in the west
Fatehpur districts are located. The total geographical
area of the district Kaushambhi is 2012.8 sq. km. The
ruins of the famous site of Kaushambi (25o20' 30"N.,
81o23'12"E.) are located on the left blank of the
river Yamuna, at a distance of 51.2 km from Allahabad
in a southwesterly direction.
Today, one can see the remains of an Ashoka Pillar, an
old fort, and the Ghositaram Monastery. The
archaeological excavations here have capitulate a
large number of figures, and figurines, coins,
punch-marked, and cast coins and terra-cotta
sculptures, which show the value of the city. All
these religious finds of historical, and archaeological importance, can be viewed at the
In very old India, Hundreds of years earlier than the
Christ born, Kaushambi was the capital of Chedi-vatsa
janapada, one of the well-known janapadas, into which
the Indo-Aryan people were separated.
District Kaushambi, is rich in historical places.
Histories of all times demistify the significance of
the region. Kara, Prabhasgiri, and Kaushambi are the
major historical center. The district is full of holy
place, in which Sheetla temple of Kara Dham, and the
Jain temple of Prabhosa, is the main attraction.
The place of worship of Ma Sheetla, is located on the
bank of Ganga River. It is well known as the main
shaktipeeth, from all the 51 shaktipeeths of
spirituality. In the idol, Sheetla Devi is sitting on
gardhabha, (ass). Followers of all the religions
worship in this temple. This place has been a
religious pilgrimage since, at least 1000 A.D. Kara is
the birth place of the famous saint Malookdas,(1631 -
1739 A.D.). The Aashram and Samadhi of saint are
there. He was also a follower of Goddess Kara.
Prabhasgiri or Prabhosa, is well known as a religious
historical, situate on the bank of River Yamuna at the
Manjhanpur Tehsil, about 50 kms, away in the north of
Allahabad. It is also said that Shri Krishna, died at
this place, by the shot of Jaratkumar, in the doubt of
In the previous days there was a big Jain temple, on a
very big mount. After the devastation of this, another
Jain temple was created in 1824A.D. A cave that is 9
feet long and 7 feet wide is also there. This was the
place where the sixth teerthankara of Jains, Bhagwan
Padma Prabhu, survived most of his life.
Durga Devi temple is located about 1km, away in the
southwest of Manjhanpur town area. In this place of
worship there is an idol of black stone of Goddess
Durga, and Lord Shiva. It is believed that these idols
are of the time of Buddha. On the moment of Navaratri,
there is a large crowd to worship Goddess Durga.