Allahabad: the city of God

15 Jul 2019  Mon

Allahabad is also spelled as Ilahabad, and it is also called as Prayagraj or Prayag. It is a one of the largest city situated in northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh. This city is best known for its ancient site Prayag; which means place of sacrifice. It is believed that it is a place where Brahma offers his sacrifice after creating the world.

According to the historical point of view, this place also has great importance in the ancient Buddhist period; this place is attested to the pillar inscription of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. This pillar is believed to be erected to nearby locality and it was moved to Allahabad during the Mughal period.

This city was renamed by Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1583 and named this city as Ilahabad which means City of God. This city was a provincial capital of the Mughal Empire from 1599 CE to 1604 CE.

This gold mohur issued by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb from the mint Allahabad. The weight of this coin is around 11.9g, and it was issued by him during the 8th year of this reign in the Hijri Year 1076. The obverse of this coin is inscribed with the name and title of Aurangzeb with Hijri year and reverse of this coin is inscribed with julus formula, mint name and regnal year.

Image Courtesy: Todywalla Auction

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