Lucknow, Oct 16: Allahabad has been officially renamed as Prayagraj on Tuesday.
A decision to this effect was ratified by the Uttar Pradesh cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
“Prayagraj was named Allahabad during the Mughal era, around 500 years ago. The place is a confluence of three Holy rivers namely the Saraswati, Yamuna, and Ganga, hence the name Prayagraj. People who have zero understanding of our history and traditions would question the move”, said Adityanath.
Speaking to media, government spokesman and Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh said the decision was taken keeping in mind the rich cultural, historic and religious heritage of the city.
The name Prayagraj was found mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures, he added.
Adityanath had made the announcement in Allahabad on Saturday. Allahabad will host ‘Ardh Kumbh’ in January.
Twelve other major decisions also took place during the meeting including allocation of funds for seven medical colleges in the state and assimilation of 23 villages under the ‘sadar’ tehsil in Lalitpur district.
To encourage milk production, the cabinet approved a proposal for granting ‘Nand Baba Award’ to farmers.