Prayag is ancient name of Allahabad. It is one of the ancient pilgrimage centers of
India, and it represents the confluence of the rivers Yamuna and Ganga, near (in) the city of Allahabad
in Uttar Pradesh.
Prayag is referred to as Triveni Sangamam - it is believed that the subterranian river Saraswati
also meets the Ganga along with the Yamuna at this
Prayag is also associated with the legend of the
celestial nectar of immortality - Amritam. As per
another story, Jupiter, the guru of the Devas, picked up the pot of the celestial nectar as
it emerged from the milky ocean and made off with
it, to prevent the demons from having access to it.
The enraged demons chased him. In the course of the
chase, the pot Kumbha overflowed, and the nectar fell
into four different places on earth, corresponding
to Prayag, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar.
Bathing at the
Sangam is considered special in the Hindu month of
Magha - when the sun resides in Capricorn - especially
on Makara Sankranti, Ratha Saptami, the full moon
and new moon day.