The Sangam is one of the most sacred places of the Hindus.
The sacred Sangam situated around 7 km from Civil Lines, is the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology - Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. It is believed that it is at the Sangam, that a few drops of the nectar (Amrit) fell, making its waters truly auspesious. At the Sangam, the waters of the two rivers Ganges and the Yamuna can be easily and distinctly seen to merge into one.
During the Kumbh Mela (as well as Ardh Kumbh) the Sangam truly comes alive ... attracting the devout from all across the country as well as from across the world. Astrologers calculate the holiest time to enter the water and draw up a 'Holy Dip Schedule'. Maha Kumbh Mela attracts millions of devout Hindus and a holy dip then is believed to cleanse the soul. An enormous temporary township springs up on the vacant land on the Allahabad side of the river.