Ayodhya is not only a city, it is a center of Hinduism situated on the bank of river Saryu in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. Ram Mandir is a Janmabhoomi of Lord Shree Ram the 07th avatar of Lord Vishnu and the setting of the epic Ramayana. Pilgrims and tourists all through the year from India and as well as from abroad visit Ayodhya to worship in Ram Mandir. This city has a large number of ghats, temples, and historical monuments and buildings.
It is believed that Ayodhya (Awadhpuri) is the first of the seven pilgrimage sites of Saptapuri for Hindus.
The name Ayodhya is well famous because of the dispute of Ram Mandir vs Babari Masjid. The temple marked as a birthplace of Lord Rama was demolished by the Mugal emperor Babar and a disputed mosque was constructed in that place.
Now after a long legal fight as on 09 November 2019 it is declared by the Supreme Court of India that the Babari Mosque was wrongly established. Now, this part of the land is given to Ram JanmaBhoomi Trust by the court. And another piece of land was given to the Sunni Waqf Board to build the mosque.
As oncoming 05 August 2020, there is Bhumi Pujan to rebuild grand Ram Temple at the site of his birthplace. Ayodhya city after magnificent Ram Mandir is going to be major pilgrims and tourist destinations.
The Ram Janmabhoomi is the main attraction of Ayodhya. It is the birthplace of Lord Rama the 7th Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The devotee who has a belief in Hinduism comes from all over the world to take a glimpse of this sacred place.
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Hanuman Garhi Mandir
Hanuman Garhi is a temple of Lord Hanuman in Ayodhya. It is one of the most popular temples in North India. It is believed that before a visit to Ram Mandir pilgrim should pray to Hanuman Garhi. It is believed that Lord Hanuman protect Ayodhya.
The main attraction of Hanuman Garhi temple is the idols of Mata Anjani and child Hanuman sitting on her lap. This temple is situated on hilltop and devotee has to climb 76 staircases to reach temple campus.
Kanak Bhawan in Ayodhya is dedicated to Lord Ram and his wife Goddess Sita. As per local people, this Bhawan was gifted by Lord Ram’s stepmother queen Kaikayi to her new arrived daughter-in-law Sita and Stepson Lord Rama.
Dashrath Mahal is located in the center of Ayodhya city. It was the residence of the ruler of Ayodhya and the father of Lord Rama name King Dashrath. It is also known as Bada Asthan. Lord Rama with his siblings spent his childhood there. This mahal has idols of Lord Ram, his brother Lakshman and wife Sita.
Treta Ke Thakur
Treta is called for a time phase or yug after Satyug. And Shri Ram was the Lord of that yug. So he also known as Treta ke Thakur. The spot where Lord Ram performed Ashwamedha Yagya after the victory over Ravan is known as Treta ke Thakur temple. This is an ancient temple at the banks of the Saryu River.
As the name suggests Nageshwar Nath or Lord of Snakes, this temple is dedicated to Lord Mahadev Shiva. It is said that this temple was built by Lord Rama’s son Kusha.
There is a story behind this temple. One day Kush was bathing in Saryu River. Him armlet slipped into the river. After multiple attempts of searching, he did not find it. That armlet was found by a Naag-Kanya & return back to Kush and she was a devotee of Lord Shiva. So, in return to Naag-Kanya Kush built this Nageshwar Nath Temple.
Nandigram (Bharat Kund)
This holy Kund is related to Lord Ram’s younger brother Bharat. At this place, he did meditation (Tapasya)for his elder brother for his return from exile of 14 years and temporarily ruled from this place as king of Kosala in the absence of his brother. People come here to take a dip in the holy Kund and practice meditation.
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How to Reach Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi
Ayodhya is well connected through Road, Air, and Train.
The nearest railway station is in Ayodhya and Faizabad is served by Northern Railway of India.
Nearest Airport is in Faizabad.