Ardh Kumbh Special : Facts About Akshay Vat Vraksh in Prayag Raj
A tree in Prayagraj has been delineated as Akshayavat in the Prayag Mahatmya of the Matsya Purana.
In The reference work Asiatica (1976), Edward Arthur James Balfour identifies a fig tree mentioned in Sanskrit literature with the tree at Prayag. Rama, Lakshmana and Sita are said to have rested below this tree.
Currently, a peepul tree placed among the Patalpuri Temple at the Allahabad Fort is idolized because the Akshayavat described in ancient texts. As of 2011, a permission from the commander of Allahabad Fort's Ordnance Depot is required to go to this tree. On one day during the Kumbh Mela, the location is open to all the pilgrims. However, a preferred opinion is that the Patalpuri temple tree isn't the authentic Akshayavat: the real Akshayavat is in another underground temple within the Fort. once the British gained control of the Allahabad Fort after the pact of Allahabad in 1765, they didn't want general public to access the sensitive elements of the fort. So, the shrine was enraptured to fringes of the fort compound, that is, the present day Patalpuri Temple.
In this video, we present all the fascinating facts regarding the Akshay vat vraksh, that you simply should understand before a visit to Prayag raj.