In earlier times, it was the capital of the ancient Kosala kingdom. The city is home to many different religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam. The city is located at 26° 48' N latitude and 82° 14' E longitude.
Ayodhya is a revered place and many tourists and pilgrims visit it every year. There are many places of interest in Ayodhya and some of them are:
Ramkot: This is the most prominent place of worship in the city and is visited by pilgrims throughout the year. However, a large number of devotees gather here during of 'Ram Navami', the day when Lord Rama was born.
Kanak Bhawan: Also known as Sone-ke-Ghar, the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and Sita. Vrishbhanu Kuvari, the queen of Teekamgarh (Madhya Pradesh), built this temple in 1891.
Nageshwarnath Temple: This temple was built by Kush, the son of Lord Rama. The temple remains open from 5 am to 11 am and from noon to 8 pm. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated here on a large scale every year.
Hanuman Garhi: Located in the centre of the town, it is constructed in a shape of a fort. The main temple has the statue of Maa Anjani with Bal Hanuman on her lap. It is believed that Hanuman lived here and guarded Ramkot. Every day, a large number of devotees visit this temple to offer prayers to the lord.
Mani Parbat and Sugriv Parbat: Mani Parbat looks similar to a stupa built by Emperor Ashoka while the Sugriv Parbat is believed to be an ancient monastery. It is believed that when Lord Hanuman was carrying the mountain containing the sanjivini booti to Lanka, a part of it fell in Ayodhya and came to known as Mani Parbat.
There are many more places of interests in Ayodhya such as Choti Chawni, Treta ke Thakur, Swarg Dwar and many others.
Many fairs and festivals are also organised in Ayodhya. Ramlila is an enactment of the story and events from the life of Lord Rama. The Ramlilas are organised during the Vijayadashmi celebrations and extend from seven to 31 days. Sravan Jhula Mela and Ram Navmi Mela are other fairs organised in the city.
How to Reach?
The nearest airports are the Faizabad airport, Amausi airport in Lucknow and Gorakhpur airport. Ayodhya Junction is an important railway station which connects the city with other parts of the country. It is also well-linked to other cities via road and regular buses also ply from Ayodhya to other cities.
Last Updated on : July 22, 2015
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