city that attracts a lots of Buddhist pilgrims each year, and considered to
be the place where Lord Buddha passed his sixth and Ninth year after
attaining enlightenment. Thus the place is special, and linked to many
sermons that were delivered by Lord Buddha. The city finds distinct place as
the centre of Kuru's Dynasty in Mahabharata and later as a wealthy city
during Buddha's time.
The city is however in ruins due to the negligence of later rulers who had
shifted their attention away from the place. Nevertheless, there are some
old forts, stupas and sculptures that attract tourist attention, bearing the
sign of an ancient civilized city.
The city also
finds important insertion in the travelogues of Fa-Hien, the Chinese
traveller. He described this place as one of the best cities of that time
which proves that the city was once the nerve of activities in India. The
feel of standing in a city that is linked to a period as ancient as that of
Mahabharata, is really fascinating.
The city is archaeologically very important due to its splendid and long
history, right from the Mahabharata age. The old stupas, forts and
monasteries are in their ruins in the city, on the bank of river Yamuna.
Kaushambi is situated in the west of Allahabad in U.P. In the North of the
district Pratapgarh, in the south Chitrakoot, In the east Allahabad, in the
west Fatehpur districts are located.
The Sheetla is a goddes associated with power and the
worshipping of the goddess is said to impart powers to the devotees. The
temple, by river Ganga, is a famous Shktipeeth well revered by all Hindu
Devotees. The ruins of the fort of Hindu King Jai Chand are still lying near
The place is also linked with famous saint Malookdas, the Ashrama and
Samadhi are well attracting the visitors.
The Durga Devi temple :
The Navaratri is the special
festival of this temple in which lots of people gather during the festival.
The temple houses a black stone idol of Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva, which
is quite beautiful.
Prabhosha or Prabhashgiri, Famous as the
place where Lord Krishna died of an arrow, is considered as a holy place.
The other important aspects of this place includes the Jain temple and the
cave, which are both ancient and worth a visit.
Besides these attractions, there is the Kamasin Devi Temple, Kaushambi, and
Shri Ram Temple of Bajha, The Ashoka pillar (in ruins) and the Ghositaram
monastery, which are also good places to visit.
At a distance of 60 km from Kaushambi,
Allahabad is another important city of Uttar Pradesh both in the purview of
Tourism and Hindu pilgrimages. The rivers Ganga and Yamuna meet in this city
and is a holy place known as Sangam. However, the city is commercially also
important. The tourist attractions include Allahabad temple, Patalpuri,
Ashoka Pillar, Akshayavat, Jawahar Planeterium etc.
A holy Hindu Destination, famous for the ghats and the River Holy
Ganga, this place is held high in Hindu sentiments. People from all over the
world flock to the place to seek divinity and freeedom from the sins and the
place is seen to be busy of "Yagyas" and "Pujas" and "Daan-Dakshina"
round the year.
How to reach :
There is an airport in the Allahabad region, called
Bamrauli. However this could be a hectic journey. Better option could be the
Allahabad is a well-linked station in U.P railway
map. There is no railhead at Kaushambi, probably due to sustenance of Buses.
Regular buses run to Kaushambi from Allahabad.
This is the most reliable source of travel, however, private taxis are also
Where to stay
Best place to stay is in Allahabad, not far from Kaushambi. Good hotels
include Kanha Shyam and Yatrik.