in Uttar Pradesh, was visited by Buddha in the 6th and 9th years
after his enlightenment. He delivered several sermons here, elevating
it to a center of learning for Buddhists. Today one can see the
ruins of an Ashokan Pillar, an old fort and the Ghositaram Monastery.
The archaeological excavations here have yielded a large number
of sculptures and figurines, coins, punch-marked and cast coins
and terra-cotta sculptures which show the reverence the city was
held in by the devout, in times gone by. All these religious finds
of historical and archaeological importance can be viewed at the
District Kaushambi is rich in historical places. History of all
times demistify the importance of the district. Kara, Prabhasgiri
and Kaushambi are the main historical centers. The district is full
of temples in which Sheetla temple of Kara Dham and the Jain temple
of Prabhosa are the main attraction.
Sheetla Temple of Kara
The historical and religious importance of Kara is very old. This
place is situated in the north-west of Allahabad about 69 km away.
There are so many temples in Kara in which Sheetla Mata temple,
Chhetrapal Bhairav temple, Hanuman temple and Kaleshwar Mahadev
temple are famous.
The temple of ma Sheetla is situated on the bank of Ganga river.
It is known as the major shaktipeeth from all the 51 shaktipeeths
of Goddess. In the idol, Sheetla Devi is sitting on gardhabha (ass).
Followers of all the religions worship in this temple. It is said
that by the worship of Goddess Sheetla on the ashtami of Krishnapaksha
of the month of chetra they get rid of evil powers.
This place has been a religious pilgrimage since at least 1000
A.D. Kara was also an important township in the kingdoms of medieval
kings of the northern India. and even today one can see the remains
of the fort of king Jaichand, the lasr hindu king of Kannauj.
Kara is also the birth place of the famous saint Malookdas(1631
- 1739 A.D.). The Aashram and Samadhi of saint is there. He was
also a follower of Goddess Kara. The famous Sikh guru Teg Bahadur
had come to Kara to discourse on various topics with Saint Malookdas.
Prabhasgiri or Prabhosa is famous as a religious historical place
on the bank of Yamuna river at the Manjhanpur Tehsil about 50km
away in the north of Allahabad. It is also said that Shri Krishna
died at this place by the arrow of Jaratkumar in the suspicion of
In the earlier days there was a big Jain temple on a very big hill.
After the demolition of this another jain temple was constructed
in 1824A.D.. A cave which is 9 feet long and 7 feet wide is also
there. In this cave the records are found in the brahmi lipi of
second century before Gupta dynasty. Till now this place is the
center of faith of all the followers of the Jainism. This was the
place where the sixth teerthankara of Jains Bhagwan PadmaPrabhu
lived most of his life.
Sir Leonard Wooley in his famous report had suggested Kaushambi
as one of the two important sites in the Ganga valley, the excavation
of which, according to him, would unravel the early history of the
Indian people. It was a memorable event in the History of Indian
Archaeology when first of March, 1948, Sir Mortimer, authorised
the University of Allahabad to excavate Kaushambi with G.R.Sharma
The excavations have been conducted in the following areas: near
the Ashokan pillar which laid bare a part of the residential area
of the city, the Ghositarama monastry, the defences near the Eastern
Gateway and the tower at the north-eastern corner, the Stone Fortress
Durga Devi Temple of Manjhanpur
This temple is situated about 1km away in the south-west of Manjhanpur
town area. In this temple 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 occasion of Navaratri there is a large crowd
to worship Goddess Durga.
Kamasin Devi Temple
This temple is situated on the bank of a pond about 10km away in
the west of Manjhanpur in the village of Gambheerapurab . According
to the local tradition Kamasin Devi fulfils all the desires of her
followers. Local people have a great faith on the devine powers
of this temple.
Shri Ram Temple Bajha
This place is situated about 30km away from Allahabad on the Allahabad
Kanpur road . This place resides in the Chayal tehsil area. A huge
temple of Lord Shri Ram is situated at this place. This temple was
constructed around 20 years ago.
Nearest domestic airport is Varanasi .
Allahabad is well connected by all metros and major cities of India.
Allahabad is well connected by road with major cities of India.
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