The Government had decided to change the name of Allahabad to its old original name Prayagraj. The place where two rivers meet is known as Prayag. The importance of a Prayag lies in the fact that Ganga and Yamuna rivers flows from different parts of the Himalayas and they bring different spiritual charges. The spiritual charges are intermixed and increased when the two rivers meet at Allahabad just as meeting of two sisters after ten years increases the energy of both manyfold.
The name “Allahabad” is derived from the Islamic word for God “Allah.” Allahabad means the home of Allah. We are shifting the attention from Allah, God, or Parmatma to the spiritual charges of the river by changing the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj. The name Allahabad draws attention to the power of the almighty Allah, God or Parmatma. Whereas the name Prayagraj draws attention to the spiritual charges of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.
Japanese scientist Masaru Emotto has studied the crystals made from water. He has found that spiritually charged water is of very beautiful forms whereas crystals made from polluted and stagnant water has very ugly forms. This indicates that the water can get spiritually charged. Thus we believe that Yamuna and Ganga brings different types of spiritual charges and their mixing creates even more beautiful forms and even higher level of spiritual charge.
The change the name from Allahabad to Prayagraj is being questioned on the grounds that it is superficial. This objection does not hold. We know that the flag has no military value. However during a military campaign a flag has immense value. It increases the energy of all the soldiers. We respect Lady Cama because she raised Indian flag, not because the flag brought the Independence. The flag increase the emotional power of the people of the country. Therefore changing the name to Prayagraj draws attention of the people to the spiritual power of the rivers and it is entirely justified.
The change of name is also being questioned on grounds that the Government is rewriting history; and obliterating the Mughal history. But history is continuously re-written. The Germans at the time of Hitler wrote a different history and Germans today write a different history. Therefore is nothing wrong in rewriting history. The writing of history is a continuous process where new prospective are added upon old facts. Therefore the Government is justified in changing the name so that the attention is drawn to the importance of the two rivers Ganga and Yamuna which meet at this place.
The real question is whether the Ganga and Yamuna are actually bringing spiritual charges today. The water of the Ganga is not reaching Allahabad today. Almost all the water is removed for irrigation at Haridwar, Bijnor, and Narora barrages for irrigation. The Ganga River become almost dry after Narora. The water that is coming through Ganga to Allahabad is actually the water of the Kali River which joins after Narora. Similarly the entire water of the Yamuna is being removed at Hathnikund. The water that is coming through Yamuna to Allahabad is actually the water of the Chambal River which joins after Mathura. Therefore the change of the name to Prayagraj is actually a misinformation. We are giving the name Prayagraj assuming that the Ganga and Yamuna are bringing spiritual charges from the Himalayas but actually they are not bringing such charges at all. The Government should have first restored the flow of the Ganga and Yamuna from the Himalayas to Allahabad and then only it would make sense to change the name to Prayagraj because only then the spiritual charges of the Ganga and Yamuna would be coming to Allahabad.