Ayodhya lying on the banks of River Sarayu has always been a topic of discussion either because of its decade-long conflict over a temple construction or being regarded as a godly place all over India where many pilgrims come to pay homage once in a lifetime. The place isn’t exclusively religious to Hindus only but many other religions like Islam, Jainism, Buddhism also found a spiritual abode in this very place.
Ayodhya is also believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama and as per religious evidence, Lord Rama spent most of his childhood here at this place before going to an exile. That is why the place is regarded as a very spiritual ground by many people of India and is believed to be visited by thousands of people every day. Apart from having many religious attractions, the place is also famous because of hosting some major festivals.
There are some major religious attractions in Ayodhya where everyday people come to pay their homage to the god. So, below is the list of some famous attractions to see in Ayodhya on your next visit to this city.
Hanuman Garhi –
Hanuman Garhi is located over a mound right in the heart of Ayodhya and is visible from a very long distance. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is one of the major tourist attractions in Ayodhya. One has to climb around 75 steps to reach the temple premise and on reaching the temple doors, one can see a massive structure guarded by four pillars.
As per legends, the concubines of Nawab of Awadh built this temple during the 10th century and after that, a popular belief ran after this temple of fulfilling its every visitor wish. So, a visit to this temple should be number one in your priority list.
Kanak Bhawan Temple –
Kanak Bhawan Temple which is popularly known as ‘Kanak Sone Ka Mandir’, is famous because of its gold ornamented idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. The scriptures are so beautifully designed that it attracts many travelers from all over India just to see the glimpses of those idols.
One can also see a breathtaking view of sunset and sunrise from the temple location. So, visiting this temple during sunset can be a real treat to your eyes so much so that you would want to capture it as a souvenir.
Ram Janam Bhumi – Babri Masjid –
Ram Janam Bhumi has always been a topic of discussion for many years and also attracts media coverage every now and then. Ayodhya is a very reverenced place by millions of people of India because Lord Rama was born here and spent most of his childhood days. It is believed that there was a temple at this place which was dedicated to Lord Rama some centuries ago.
But, back in the 16th century under the Mughal period, King Babar gave ordered to demolish the temple and asked for the construction of a very fine mosque ‘Babri Masjid’. However, when Indian earned its Independence from British rule, some Hindu activist demanded the resurrection of Lord Rama temple at that very place. Ever since then, a conflict surrounds this place so visiting this place will surely take you through a journey that reflects mostly over our conflicting history.
Nageshwarnath Temple –
Nageshwarnath temple is yet another architectural beauty in Ayodhya and it is believed to established by the younger son of Lord Rama. The temple is actually dedicated to Lord Shiva and hundreds of pilgrims visit this temple every day to pay their heartily homage to Lord Shiva.
The temple shimmers with different colored lights during the auspicious occasion of Shivratri (a festival celebrating the birth of Lord Shiva) and there was a cultural fair organized by the temple authority.
Ram Katha Museum –
Ram Katha Museum will surely make you walk down a memory lane because here, you can see many historical arts and artifacts. The museum should not be missed by those who have a soft corner for history and want to achieve chances of witnessing some valuable historical objects.
The museum exhibits some centuries old coins, rare palm tree manuscripts, rare pottery collection, textiles artifacts, beautiful paintings, etc. So, paying a brief visit to this temple should be on your priority list and it will give a short break all the religious scenes.
Ramkot Citadel –
Ramkot Citadel is yet another very popular ancient monument located in the western part of Ayodhya. As legends say it, Lord Hanuman stayed here in a cave for years so that he can guard the Ram Janambhoomi. This religious place attracts millions of people from all over India and abroad also because of its ancient beauty.
This place also organizes a great event on the occasion of ‘Ram Navami’ and flocks of devotees from all over India who come to pay homage during that time. The celebration of ‘Ram Navami’ here at this place is something of great fun as suggested by those who have witnessed it.
So, if you are planning on a trip to Ayodhya then visit all these places that are listed above. And, enjoy a journey of spirituality and divine belief.