(Last Updated on : 16/10/2012)
Patalpuri Temple, which happens to be one of the oldest temples in India, dates back to the Vedic period, is located near the immortal banyan tree, Akshayavat
, in the Allahabad Fort. The Mughal Emperor
built the fort over the temple and since then the temple lies under the fort. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Rama
was believed to visit this place. Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang also visited this temple.
Within this underground temple, inside the fort, lies the Akshaya Vat - or the immortal tree. Believed to have been visited by Lord Rama, the temple was also seen by the famous Chinese traveller and writer Hiuen Tsang during his visit to this place. Patalpuri temple and the Undying Banyan Tree
, Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, are both situated in close proximity with each other on the same site.
Patalpuri Temple is located in the Allahabad fort and is one of the Holy Places in Allahabad. The Patalpuri Temple, Allahabad is one of the most famous and oldest temples not only in Allahabad but also in India. Undying banyan tree also referred to as the 'Akshayavat' is again regarded as a holy tree. About the Undying Banyan Tree it is said that this tree would stand firm even when the entire world gets destroyed. The Patalpuri Temple and the Undying Banyan Tree at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh in India is a major Tourist's Attraction in Allahabad.
During the reign of Akbar, he built the Allahabad Fort over the temple in the year 1583 and since then the temple lies within and under the fort. As per the Indian mythologies it is said that Lord Rama and Prahalada
has also come to visit this old temple. Huan Tsang is also said to have visited the Patalpuri Temple and the Undying Banyan Tree at Allahabad
in Uttar Pradesh
. The Patalpuri Temple and the Undying Banyan has been stated in many ancient scriptures. Indian Mythology
state that people in the olden days use to throw themselves from the Undying Banyan Tree to attain salvation.
To get a visit of the holy Patalpuri Temple and the Undying banyan Tree while on a tour to Allahabad, one needs to get a permit from the Ordinance Depot or the Allahabad Tourist Office.