Lucknow Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government may rechristen Allahabad as Prayagraj an:d a decision in this regard could be taken before next year’s Kumbh Mela in the holy city.
The city, if the decision is taken, will be named after Prayag, which is a famous holy place in Allahabad, where three main rivers flowing across the state namely Ganges, Yamuna, and Sarasvati meet. Further, the place is also known for hosting Kumbh Mela once in every 12 years.
State’s deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya confirmed to ANI that for a long time the identity of Allahabad has been formed by Prayag and hence the state government has decided to change the city’s name to Prayagraj.
“The place (Allahabad) has always been recognized by its place Prayag since ages”, Maurya said.
According to some media reports, the banners for the upcoming Kumbh Mela in 2019 mention the name of the city as Prayagraj instead of Allahabad.ANI
With the integration of the Southern States, minorities in mind, just renaming to “Prayag” fails to indicate the “confluence” of three religiously significant Vedic importance rivers. Historically, the city has been important to Muslim sultans, British Raj in education, law, culture, literature, and poetry. So, I propose “Pramatmagarh”. Is the last para, “the banners for the upcoming Kumbh Mela in 2019 mention the name of the city as Prayagraj instead of Allahabad” is a Hindutva pre-election, pre-emptive, surgical strike for BJP/RSS and the like?