Patalpuri temple is regarded as one of the oldest temples not only in Allahabad but in all over India as well. During the reign of Akbar, the emperor built the Allahabad Fort over the temple in the year 1583 and since then the temple lies within and under the fort. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama and Prahalada had also come to visit this old temple.
The immortal Banyan Tree, Akshaya Vat, is often regarded as the holy tree. About this Undying Banyan Tree, it is said that this tree would stand firm even when the entire world would get destroyed. According to the mythologists, once the sage Markandeya asked Lord Vishnu to show him an instance of the power of almighty God. Lord Vishnu flooded the whole world for a while, during which only the Akshayavat or the immortal Banyan tree could be noticed above the water level. The tree stands in a deep niche above an underground pit, which is said to lead to the Triveni. It can often be heard that people in the old days used to throw themselves from the Undying Banyan Tree to attain salvation.
The Patalpuri Temple and the Undying Banyan tree have been stated in many writings of ancient scriptures, writers and historians. They are the major tourist spots in Allahabad. This place has also been visited by the famous Chinese traveler and writer Hiuen Tsang.
Information to visit the Temple
Tourists, while visiting Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, need to take proper permission to visit this place from Commandant, Ordinance Depot, Fort, Allahabad.
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