Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, the seventh
incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is situated on the bank of the river Saryu. It holds
special relevance to the Hindus as the epic Ramayan is based on Lord Ram life
who was born as a prince of Ayodhya. A mosque was built by Babur during his
reign which later on led to the Babri Masjid issue. Ayodhya holds importance
for other religions as well. The Tirthankaras, from the Jain tradition, were
born in Ayodhya. It is believed to be the second eternal city which does not
change during change of eras, according to the Jainagam.
Places to see:
The Hanuman Garhi: It
is located in the centre of the town and is believed to be the place where Lord
Hanuman lived in a cave and looked after the birthplace. One has to climb 76
steps to visit this place.
Kanak Bhawan: This
was believed to be gifted by Maa Kaikai to Sita. It contains the statues of
Lord Ram and his wife Sita and is supposed to be their personal abode.
Ramkot: This is
the place where Lord Ram was born. Huge numbers of people gather here
especially during the Ram Navmi.
Swarg Dwar: Lord
Ram is believed to be cremated here.
Treta ke Thakur: This
is the place where Lord Ram is believed to have performed the Ashvamedha Yajna.
Jain shrines: According
to the Jain tradition, the five tirthankaras belong from Ayodhya. Hence, five
temple are made dedicated to them.
It was built by Kush, son of Lord Ram, dedicated to a girl who fell in love
with him. This temple helped Vikramaditya to collect the various evidences as
it survived even though the whole city was ruined. Shivrathri is celebrated
How to reach:
By air: The
nearest airports are Faizabad airport, Lucknow airport and Allahabad airport.
By rail: Ayodhya
junction is connected to various parts of the country.
By road: It is
again connected to major cities by road.