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Uttar Pradesh government changed name of 'Allahabad' to 'Prayagraj'

Uttar Pradesh government changed name of 'Allahabad' to 'Prayagraj'

The Uttar Pradesh government has approved the proposal to change Allahabad's name to Prayagraj on October 16, 2018. This major city of Uttar Pradesh will now be known by the new name Prayagraj.

It is believed that Mughal emperor Akbar changed Prayag's name to Allahabad (Allah Almighty). Also, recently Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that the saints were constantly demanding to change Allahabad's name to pray. Allahabad also receives two holy rivers coming out of the Deoband, hence it is called Prayagraj.

Historical view of Prayagraj

Akbar Nama and Mirza Akbari and other Mughal historical books are known that Akbar laid the foundations of the fort at Prayagraj around 1574

• It is believed that Akbar settled the new town here, which he named Allahabad. Until then it was known as Prayagraj itself.

Apart from this, in the Ramchrita Manas it has been called Prayagraj.

• It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana that the water of confluence was the anointing of kings in ancient times.

• From the 102 chapters to 107 chapters of the most ancient and authentic Puran Matsya Purana, the significance of this shrine is described. It says that Prayag is the region of Prajapati where the Ganga and Yamuna flows.

Changing name of a place

Firstly, the local people or people of the city send proposals to change the name of the state to  government of state.

The state cabinet considers the proposal and after giving clearance, sends the consent of the governor.

The governor sends a donor on the proposal and sends it to the Union Home Ministry for final approval.

After receiving the green signal from the Home Ministry, the state government issues notification for change of name.

Background of judgment

Given the mythological and religious significance, there was a demand for Allahabad's name Prayagraj for years. But the last decision was never taken on this. On assuming the power of the Yogi Government in Uttar Pradesh in March 2017, he also promised that he will pray Allahabad to Prayagraj. After this many saints raised the demand of Allahabad to  Prayagraj.

Q.1 What is the new name of Allahabad city changed?
A. Prayagraj
B. Sangam
C. Prayag
D. Kumbhikar
Ans: Prayagraj
Q.2 Earlier, who changed the name of Prayagraj to Allahabad?
A. Akbar
B. Babur
C. Aurangzeb
D. Shahejahan
Ans: Akbar

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