The Holy City of Ram – Ayodhya

 

When you are out to explore the famous pilgrimage tourist places for Hindus in India, Ayodhya cannot be missed! Ayodhya has been in news for many good and bad reasons over the past few decades. No one can deny that it is one of the seven holiest cities of India. Located in the state of the Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya is visited by thousands of travellers from across the world.  Situated on the south bank of river Saryu, Ayodhya is blessed with divine power of Lord – Shree Ram.

 

Going back to the history, Ayodhya was the capital city of the ancient kingdom – Ayodhya, where Lord Ram was born. The ancient scripture of Atharvaveda describes Ayodhya as 'a city built by gods' and compares its prosperity with the glory and splendor of the paradise.

 

Later after the invasion of Mughals, Babur constructed a mosque in Ayodhya & ruled them for many years.

 

 

Top 5 Attraction of Ayodhya

 

Ram Janambhoomi

Ram Janambhoomi is the birthplace of the revered Hindu deity – Lord Ram. According to Hindu mythology, Ram is the seventh manifestation of the Lord Shri Vishnu, thereby, Ram Janambhoomi is one of an important pilgrimage sites for Hindus.

After being a disputed site for over a decade, the Ram Janmabhoomi land was finally handed over to a trust by the Supreme Court of India to build the Ram Temple. The foundation stone for the Ram Temple of Ayodhya was laid on 5 August 2020 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The proposed design of the temple is massive and stunning

 

 

Hanuman Garhi

So incase you have already planned your homage to the Shree Ram Temple in Ayodhya, it will be customary to visit the famous Hanuman Garhi temple even before visiting the Ram temple in Ayodhya. It is the 10 the century temple dedicated to the popular Hindu God, Hanuman. The locals still believe that Hanuman ji lived in the temple site guarding Ayodhya.

 

The hilltop temple has 76-staircase pathway to the entrance. Surrounded by the panoramic view of the hills homes a 6-inch-tall idol of Hanuman. The main temple has an interior cave adorned with the numerous statues of Lord Hanuman along with his mother, Maa Anjani. Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti, which commemorate the birth of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman respectively, garners thousands of followers to the Hanuman Garhi.

 

Kanak Bhawan

It is situated towards the northeastern corner of the Ram Janmabhoomi in Tulsi Nagar. Constructed in 1891, this temple is also known as Sone-ka-Ghar. It is a divine site committed to the Hindu deity Lord Rama and his wife, Goddess Sita.

As the name suggest, Kanak Bhawan means the Golden Palace, cites three golden-crowned idols of the two gods under a silver roof in the sanctum santorum (Garbagriha). It is believed that this bhawan was gifted to Lord Rama and Goddess Sita by their former's stepmother, Kaikeyi.

 

Upon designed renovation during Vikramaditya's reign, the present site was further entirely revamped by Vrish Bhanu Kunwari. This Bundela-styled temple is presently managed by the Sri Vrishbhan Dharma Setu Trust Private Limited

 

Nageshwar Temple

The temple was constructed by Lord Ram’s Son Kush and is located adjacent to the Their Bazaar in Ayodhya. The temple is devoted to the local diety, Lord Nageshwarnath.

 

Although this pilgrimage site was maintained well since 750 AD, it is believed that the current temple is said to have been reconstructed in 1750 by Safar Jung's minister, Naval Rai.

 

Sita ki Rasoi

Situated on the north-western side of the Ram Janmanhoomi in Ayodhya's Rajkot, Sita ki Rasoi is believed to be an ancient kitchen used by goddess Sita herself. Built quite close to the Ram Janmabhoomi, this sacred site is now a temple housing some exhibit vessels. One among the two kitchens revered in Sita's name, this Sita Ki Rasoi is a basement kitchen.

The other end of the temple cites the richly clothed and embellished idols of Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughan and their wives Sita, Urmila, Mandavi and Srutakirti. Worshipped as the Goddess of Food, Sita is also known as Goddess Annapurna. Thus, the temple follows this tradition by offering free food. Visitors can also donate any amount of money for charity here.

 

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