Ayodhya is a holy land where many religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism found their spiritual roots many centuries ago. Situated on the banks of River Sarayu, Ayodhya is regarded amongst the seven scared places of Hindu religion because Lord Rama was born here back in the 7th century and spent most of his childhood days here. But Ayodhya is not only a holy place for Hindu religion because Jain people also worship it as a spiritual place because it is the birthplace of Jain’s 24 Tirthankaras. That is why Ayodhya receives hundreds of pilgrims every day who comes here with faith and spiritual beliefs.
The city shimmers with colors on the occasion of some of the famous Hindu festivals like Ram Navami, Diwali, Dussehra, etc. So, if you are planning a spiritual trip to Ayodhya then, it will be in your general interest to book the trip while keeping these festivals in mind. Below, is the list of some famous temples of Ayodhya so don’t forget to write them in your travel diary.
Hanuman Garhi Temple
Hanuman Garhi receives the highest number of pilgrims every day with the wishful thinking of getting their prayers answered by the supreme deity. It is located right in the center of this city over a mound so it is visible from far away. After walking down around 76 steps, you will enter the temple premise then you will be seeing an image of goddess deity maa anjani with bal hanuman seated on her lap and people paying their homage to that spiritual deity.
Many believed that the temple has some great supreme power and never let anybody leaves without their prayers answered. Because it is the very place where Lord Hanuman stayed and guarded the Ramkot against the enemies.
Location: Sai Nagar, Ayodhya
Opening Hours: 5 AM to 11 PM
Kanak Bhavan Temple
Kanak Bhavan temple is considered to be the biggest temple which is devoted to Lord Rama in India and to his divine consort Goddess Sita. Architecturally, it is very beautifully built and the deities of this temple are always dressed in shimmery garments which will easily catch your eyes from very far. The temple is also famous for offering a breathtaking of the sunset and many come here just to see the glimpse of that view.
The temple also celebrates Ram Navami with great pomp and hundreds come to see the shimmering sight of this temple during that day. So, if you are in the town during the ‘Ram Navami’ festivals then don’t forget to check this place.
Location:15 minutes away from Faizabad Bus Stand
Opening Hours:8 AM to 11:30 AM (Morning) – 4:40 PM to 9:30 PM (Evening) during Summer Season and 9 AM to 12PM(Morning) – 4 PM to 9 PM (Evening) during Winter Season.
Nageshwarnath temple in Ayodhya is believed to established by the son of Lord Rama, Kush many centuries ago. Another popular belief surrounds this temple that Lord Kush built this temple as a gift to his wife who was a devotee of Lord Shiva and the temple has survived many centuries while the other parts of the city mostly turned into ruins. The temple is housing one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in its premises and many pilgrims come every day to pay their faithful homage to that.
So, don’t forget to pay your homage to the gods of this temple and if it’s possible then visit this temple during the festival of Shivratri which is celebrated with a great fervor every year.
Location: Near Ram Ki Paidi, Swargdwar, Ayodhya
Opening Hours: 5 AM to 8 PM
Ram Janam Bhoomi
Ram Janam Bhoomi is the temple because of which Ayodhya is always been regarded with admiration and faith in the Hindu religion. As per the Hindu epic ‘Ramcharitmanas’, it was this place where Lord Rama was born which is the only reason enough to be worshipped as the holiest place in India. Thousands of pilgrims come here every day with the wishful thinking of walking all the holy places in India.
Although, a major conflict always surrounds this temple because back in 16th century, a Mughal emperor Babar gave the order of demolishing the temple and constructing a mosque on its place. After that, many disagreements were born relating the demolish of the mosque and reconstruction of the temple but still, there is a small place where Lord Rama idol resides in this temple. And people come with faith to worship that idol.
Location: Sai Nagar, Ayodhya
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 11 AM (Morning) – 2 PM to 6 PM (Evening)
Tulsi Smarak Bhavan
Tulsi Smarak Bhavan is yet another beautiful architecture built during 1966 by Shri Vishwanath Das. The Bhavan was dedicated to the famous saint and poet Goswami Tulsidas Ji and also hosts a Ram Leela skit every day in the evening from 6:00 PM to 9 PM. Prayer meetings, old folklore concert, and religious discourse are also conducted here by the temple authority every day.
The Bhavan also has Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan which is one of the largest literary composition repositories dedicated to Tulsidas. The complex also has a museum where art, pottery, and antique collection are exhibited which may interest your historical soft corner side.
Location: New Colony, Ayodhya
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM