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city, India: see PrayagrajPrayagraj,
formerly Allahabad
, city (1991 pop. 844,546), Uttar Pradesh state, N central India. It is a district administrative headquarters and trading center and has an airport and a university.
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a city in northern India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh at the junction of the Ganges and Jumna rivers. Population, 514,000 (1971). It is a transportation junction. Industries include food and tobacco processing, glass production, and production of religious articles. There is a university and a place of worship for Hindu pilgrims. The stone column of Asoka (c. 242 B.C.) and a fort dating from 1583 are located in the city.

The date of Allahabad’s founding is unknown. In ancient India the city was known as Prayag—a name which is used to this day. The name of Allahabad was given to the city by Akbar, who built the fort of Allahabad near Prayag.

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a city in N India, in SE Uttar Pradesh at the confluence of the Ganges and Jumna Rivers: Hindu pilgrimage centre. Pop.: 990 298 (2001)
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Yogi said, "It might be the wish of many people that Allahabad can be renamed as Prayagraj.
According to some media reports, the banners for the upcoming Kumbh Mela in 2019 mention the name of the city as Prayagraj instead of Allahabad.
Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)[India], Feb.12 ( ANI ): A group of people torched a bus in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad on Monday in a protest against the death of a law student of Allahabad University.
The 26-year-old Dilip Saroj succumbed to his injuries yesterday after being thrashed by a group of people during an argument in Allahabad's Katra Bazar on Saturday.