Ayodhya also known as Saket is an ancient city of India. It is a birth place of Lord Rama the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is situated on the right bank of the river Saryu in the district of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh. The ancient city of Ayodhya, according to the Ramayana, was founded by Manu, the law-giver of the Hindu.
According to the epic Ramayana, the ancient city of Ayodhya was the capital of the Surya dynasty. Ayodhya during ancient times was known as “Kaushaldesa”. The name Ayodhya comes from the name of King Ayodh, the fore father of Lord Rama. According to the Puranas and Skand, it is considered one of the seven most sacred places of the Sanatan Dharma.
The most celebrated festival of India, Diwali is celebrated for the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. The entire kingdom of Ayodhya was lit up with diyas (clay lamps) to celebrate Lord Ram’s return after 14 years of exile. Ram Rajya. Lord Ram’s rule as the king of Ayodhya, is considered a benchmark in good governance.
Ayodhya has plenty of religious sites include Hanuman Garhi – an ancient temple that houses child statue of Lord Hanuman seated in lap of mother Anjani, Ramkot temple – the main place of worship for Hindu devotees, and holy ghats, Treta ka Mandir – the place where Lord Ram believed to have performed Ashvamedha Yagnya, Nageshwarnath Temple, said to be built by Ram’s son, Kush and Chakra Harji Vishnu Temple. Ram Janama Bhoomi is where the Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992. Sita ki Rasoi is located near the Ram janambhoomi temple. It is believed that it is here that Sita cooked the first meal after her marriage to Ram.
Ayodhya was taken over by the Mughals when Babar entered India. It is believed that he destroyed the temple of lord Rama which was at his birth place and constructed a mosque at that place. Since then it had been a controversial site between Hindus and Muslims. In 1992 the mosque was destroyed.
Best time to visit Ayodhya
The best time to visit Ayodhya is during the month October to March.
How to reach Ayodhya
Ayodhya by Air
Nearest working airport to Ayodhya is in Lucknow which is located about 130 km from the city. From there you can take State buses and Private taxi services to reach the Ayodhya city.
Ayodhya by railways
Ayodhya railway station is directly connected via rail to all major stations of North, East and West India. Major cities like Kolkata, Jaipur, Delhi, and Lucknow are connected directly to Ayodhya via railway.
Ayodhya by road
The National Highway (NH) 28 cuts through Ayodhya on its way from Faizabad to Gorakhpur. The city is connected with all major cities of Uttar Pradesh hence you can easily reach by road. Lucknow is 130 km, Allahabad is 155km, and Varanasi is 200 km from the Ayodhya.