Army renovates 16-century fort for pilgrims to visit Akshay Vat at Kumbh

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The Indian Army has renovated a 16-century fort at the Sangam in Allahabad which will let the devotees visit the ancient Patalpuri temple and the Saraswati Koop. The Saraswati Koop is believed to the reminiscent of the mythical Saraswati River. This renovation would provide access to the Akhshay Vat for the devotees.

The Army, which has looked after the renovation of the fort, has confirmed that it would extend all the support to the civil bodies in charge of Kumbh.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs is a strong and an able body to take care of the security situation here. We don’t want to involve ourselves directly in the security matter,” said a senior army officer from Allahabad. “Even the security of the fort that has been open to the general people is being taken care of by the state police,” he added. The fort is an ordnance depot of the army which requires safety measures to be followed.

According to a spokesperson, the Army took interest in this site because it has a mythical significance which will attract a lot of devotees. According to the legend, the Patalpuri temple was visited by Rama during his vanvas (exile in the forest). “Not only the mythical value of it, the architecture of the fort and these temples are rich in our cultural heritage and had to be saved,” said an army officer who didn’t want to be named. “It’s sad that no civic bodies, including the Archaeological Survey of India, were interested in saving these dilapidated structures which bear a rich history,” he rued.

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