Allahabad also known as Prayag and AIlahabad, is a city
in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and the administrative
headquarters of Allahabad District, the most populous district in the
state. As of 2011, Allahabad is the seventh
most populous city in the state, fifteenth in the Northern
India and thirty in India,
with an estimated population of 1.11 million in the city and 1.21 million
in its metropolitan region. In 2011 it was ranked the world's 130th
fastest-growing city. Allahabad, in 2013, was
ranked the third most liveable city in the state (after Noida and Lucknow)
and twenty-ninth in the country.
city's original name – Prayag ,
or "place of offerings" – comes from its position at the Sangam(confluence) of the Ganga, Yamuna and
mythical Sarasvati rivers.
It is the second-oldest city in India,
and plays a central role in Hindu scriptures. Allahabad was originally called Kaushambi
(now a separate district) by the Kuru rulers of Hastinapur, who developed it as their capital.
Since then, Allahabad
has been a political, cultural and administrative centre of the Doab region. Mughal emperor Akbar renamed it aIlahabad, which the British changed to Allahabad.
In 1833 it became the seat of the Ceded and Conquered Provinces region
before its capital was moved to Agra in
became the capital of the North-Western Provinces in 1858, and was
the capital of India for
a day.] The city was the capital of the United
Provinces from 1902 to 1920 and remained at the forefront of
national importance during the struggle for Indian
in southern Uttar Pradesh, the city's metropolitan area covers 70.5 km2 (27.22 sq miles)Although the city and its surrounding area
are governed by several municipalities, a large portion of Allahabad District
is governed by the Allahabad City Council. The city is home to colleges,
research institutions and central and state government offices.
hosted cultural and sporting events, including Kumbh Mela and the Indira
Marathon. Although the city's economy was built on tourism, most of its income
now derives from real estate and financial services.
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