Ayodhya Tourism Information
Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Rama set on the right bank of the river Ghagra or Saryu, is associated with several mythological legends and regarded as one of the seven most sacred cities of India. The Atharvaveda describes it as ‘a city built by Gods and being prosperous as paradise itself’.
Other religions have also flourished here and relics of Buddhism, Jainism and islam can still be seen. Lord Buddha is said to have visited the place many times and Jains believe that five of the twenty four tirthankaras were born her, including Adinath (Rishabhadeva), the first Jain thirhankara.
The sacred shrine of Lord Hanuman is housed in a fortified structure, in the heart of the town. It can be reached by a flight of 76 steps and devotees believe that their wishes are fulfilled by the deity.
Kanak Bhawan (Sone-ke-Ghar)
It was built in 1891, by Vrishbhanu Kuvari and is one of the finest temples of the town. It enshrines beautiful images of Rama and Sita.
It is the only shrine of Lord Shiva in Ayodhya. According to legends the shrine was built by Kush, the son of Lord Rama.
This ancient citadel with temples and maths (monasteries) is the main site of pilgrimage in Ayodhya. A large number of devotees visit the site during the celebrations of Ramnavami (March / April), the birth anniversary of Lord Rama.
Sri Ramjanma Bhoomi
The makeshift shrine of Lord Rama is set on one of the most disputed religious sites in the world. It is believed to be the birth place of Lord Rama and discovered by king Vikramaditya.
Ram ka Paidi
It is one of the most impressive ghats on the river Saryu.
The beautiful bathing ghats were built by Raja Darshan Singh in early parts of 19th century. A palace atop the ghats has a Sita – Ram temple. Lord Rama is said to have entered the river on his final journey to heaven and his last rites were performed at the Swargadwar Ghat.
Treta ke Thakur
The temple marks the site where Lord Rama is said to have performed the Ashvamedha yagna.
Ayodhya is believed to be the birthplace of five Jain tirthankaras. Kesari Singh, the treasurer of the Nawab of Faizabad built five temples to mark the sacred sites. Other places of interest Brahma Kund, Tulsi Chaura, Laxman Quila, Angad Tila, Birla Temple, Tulsi Smarak Bhawan, Kaleramji ka Mandir, Gurudwara Brahma Kundm Ram Katha Museum, and Valmiki Ramayan Bhawan etc.
Ayodhya Tour Information
This historic town set on the left bank of the Ghaghara River was the first capital of Nawabs of Avadh. It developed during the reign of Safdar jang, the second Nawab (1739 to 54) and the town further prospered under his successor Shuja-ud-Daula, who built the Chhota Calcutta fort and many other magnificent buildings here. Bahu Begam, the wife of Shuja-ud-Daula was a woman of great distinction and rank. Most of the Muslim buildings of Faizabad are attributed to her. From the date of Bahu Begum’s death in 1815, till the annexation of Avadh, the city of Faizabad gradually fell into decay. The glory of faizabad finally eclipsed with the shifting of capital from Faizabad to Lucknow by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula. Today, Faizabad is the district headquarters and is an important historical and religious centre. It is a fine base to visit the sacred city of Ayodhya.