word 'Prayag' is a compound of two words- Pra and Yag. This blend of two distinct words
admits two different meanings; one a great sacrifice - Pra = great + yaga =
sacrifice; two- Pra also means Prajapathi, and yaga stands for sacrifice, so Prajapati's sacrifice. Its
connotation thus refers to a place, where Prajapathi performed once a great
sacrifice. It was originally called 'Prayag-Raj', the prefix and suffix here denote
its superiority over other sacred thirthas, consecrating our Punya Bharat.
menu it as Thirtharaj, and an integral part of the Panchavedis-Kurukshetra,
Gayashiras, Prayag Raj, Viraja and Pushkar. Due to its position, 'middle in the
series, it is aptly called Madhyavedi. As the Ganga, the Yamuna and the
invisible Saraswati, the holy river merge at this place, it is called Sangam. It has
yet another name -Triveni; for, the Ganges takes a turn here and bends like the
hair of woman. It is a Prajapathi Kshetra and a thirtha Kshetra at it.