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Maha Kumbh Mela's Mahabharata connection
Devotees flock to Kumbh Mela -being held this year at Allahabad - not only for taking holy dips, praying to Ganga and getting one step closer to God, but also because they believe the place has a strong connection with Mahabharata.

The tree that is known as the Akshay Vat is the located within the Patalpuri temple at Allahabad Fort and during the Kumbh Mela this site is opened for one day for the pilgrims. As for the Mahabharata connection, it is believed that Sage Shukdeva narrated the Srimad Bhagavatam to Parikshit (the king who ruled over Hastinapur after Yudhisthira) under that fig tree.

Another myth associated with the tree is that it is indestructible. The Mughal Emperors, according to various beliefs, tried on numerous occasions to burn the tree but each time they did so the tree grew with much power and vengeance. Thus it was worshiped thereafter.

Anand Giri, a Mahant talked about its importance and said, “We came to know its importance after a Mughal King tried to burn and fell it but it grew again and again. People also sat under this tree and meditated.”

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