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Native ameAllahabad
Other nameइलाहाबाद
TypeMetropolitan city
StateUttar Pradesh
MayorCh. Jitendra Nath Singh
Total Area24.3 sq mi (63.07 km2)
Altitude98 m
Total Population5959798 (2011)
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode211xxx kamlesh kumar pandey (ASC B/N 504) allahabad

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Allahabad ( , , [ɪlɑhɑbɑd̪]), or Settled by God in Persian, is a name given by the Mughals to the ancient city of Prayag ( , ), by some accounts the second-oldest city in India. It is located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, lying some 205 km (127.4 mi) south of the state capital, Lucknow. It is the administrative headquarters of the Allahabad District. Allahabad is one of the fastest growing cities in India at present. The ancient name of the city is Prayag (Sanskrit for "place of sacrifice"), as it is believed to be the spot where Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world. It is one of four sites of the mass Hindu pilgrimage Kumbh Mela, the others being Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. It has a position of importance in Hindu scriptures for it is situated at Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges and Yamuna, and the ancient Sarasvati River.

Many government offices of both central and state government are present in the city, such as the Allahabad High Court, the Principal Accountant General Office (AG office), the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Office, Uttar Pradesh Police Head Quarters (PHQ), headquarters of the North Central Railway, the regional office of the Central Board of Secondary Education and the Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education, Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Seva Chayan Board Allahabad, Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) Allahabad, etc.Allahabad is also home of India's 4th oldest university, AU and UP's single National Institutes of Technology

Allahabad is a home to seven out of fourteen Prime Ministers of India. Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Gulzarilal Nanda, Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Chandra Shekhar were all either born in Allahabad, were alumni of Allahabad University or got elected from a constituency in Allahabad.

The Government of India has selected Allahabad as one of the mission cities for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, with the goals of improving urban infrastructure, efficient governance and basic services to urban citizens.

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