Ayodhya is a city that amalgamates Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism in a seamless manner. The city is the birthplace of Lord Rama and attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims each year. It is considered to be one of the seven most important Hindu pilgrims. The city has that rustic charm alive, you can feel the city bustling with energy in the streets and local markets.
The people are welcoming, there is so much to explore, and the vibrant culture make is a delight to be in Ayodhya. You can wade through the streets and see the harmonious coexistence of people, which gives a glimpse of secular India. Don’t forget to watch Ram Leela in the city if you get a chance, it is the main attraction.
Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, Hanuman Garhi, Ishwari Mata Temple
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One called as Saketa, Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh, is an age-old city of India and ardently believed to be the birthplace of Maryada Purushottam Sri Rama and the place of the epic Ramayana. History also establishes that this place is also sacred to the Buddhists and Jains. Based on the banks of river Saryu, Ayodhya was the capital of the bygone Kingdom of Kosala. As it is the birthplace of Shri Rama, Ayodhya is one of the seven most important Hindu pilgrimage. It is also believed that a wonderful temple was built on the birth spot of Sri Ram, which was later demolished by Babur the Mughal emperor and a mosque was built there on his orders. Yes, this has been a socio-political and religious conflict over decades that instigated massive communal conflicts in our country. Nevertheless, the law and order in the city is at place ensuring hassle-free day to day life.
The city offers varied options to tourists to enjoy their tour. Comfortable stay, easy access to places, good Indian authentic food, safety, cooperative local people and many sightseeing points, all that a tourist would wish for.
When in Ayodhya see Ramkot, which is considered as the fundamental or the most important place of worship in the town and thousands of pilgrims visit this temple of Sri Ram throughout the year. Ran Navami is celebrated in great pomp & fervor here. Another important temple is the Hanuman Garhi situated in the center of Ayodhya. Hanuman Garhi is a very popular shrine and is believed to be the cave of Hanuman. The ‘Kanak Bhawan’ is the biggest temple dedicated to Lord Ram and Devi Sita. The idols wear intricately carved crowns and jewellery of gold. Another popular temple is the Nageshwar Temple, which also has interesting anecdotes lined to Sri Ram and history of the temple.
When in Ayodhya, do not miss a Ram Leela, if you get a chance. Also the Ram Navami, i.e., the Birthday of Sri Ram is exuberantly celebrated. Even the Shravan Jhula fair is very popular and tourist from across the globe come to witness and experience the fair.
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