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Places to visit in Ayodhya

Ayodhya also known as Oudh or Awadh is one of the ancient town and a sacred town for Hindus. It is considered sacred because of its association with Ramayana. As per scriptures, Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya. Ayodhya was also the early capital of the kingdom of Kosala. Here I have jotted down the places which you can visit in Ayodhya.

Ram Janmabhoomi

Ram Janmabhoomi is the birthplace of Lord Ram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The original temple of Lord Rama was demolished by Mughal emperor Babar and a mosque, “Babri Masjid”, was built on the site.After demolition of babri masjid in 1992, the holy place is a dispute between Hindus and Muslims. The holy pilgrim attracts thousands of visitors over the years in the city of Ayodhya.
A massive structural fort enclosed with bastions and 76 steps, hanumangarhi, the extraordinary temple is worshipped by countless devotees every year. Hailing from tenth century Bc, it is believed that Lord hanumanji dwelled here in a cave to protect  Ramjanmabhoomi. The statue of  Maa Anjani, with Bal Hanuman seated on her lap is the a feast to the eyes for visitors . It is believed that  all wishes of devotees get fulfilled on visit o this holy temple.

Treta ke thakur:

It is believed that Lord Rama performed Ashwamedha yagya in this place. Located on the bank of Sarayu River in Ayodhya, The idols  of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Satrugna are carved in a single black sandstone that bestows a distictive feature to the temple.

Kanak Bhawan

In hindi kanak means gold, the temple derived its name from the golden idols of Ram and Sita bedecked with lavish amount of gold ornaments. Legends say that the temple was gifted to Lord Sita by Lord Rama’s step mother Kaikeyi. The temple was restored over and over by different rulers over time. The Bhavan also has statues of Lord Ram & Sita in the inner sanctum.  The temple is also an excellent spot for enthralling sunrise and  mesmerizing sunset.
The Guptar  ghat is a holy pilgrim along the bank of massive Saurya river. The ghat is believed to be the spot of Lord Rama’s “jal samadhi”. The place is dotted with finely perpetuated ghats built by Raja Darshan Singh in the first half of 19th century.  The crest of the ghat is bestrewed with temples of Rama, Lakshman, Sita, Vishnu. Guptar ghat is an excellent spot for panoramic view of mesmerizing sunrise and sunset  on the other side of the river.

Gulab Bari

The monument is a mausoleum of  Nawab Shuja-ud-daula erected by Nawab Shuja-ud-daula himself. Gulab bari is a Hindi phrase that means ” House of Roses”. The massive garden in gulab bari  has wide span of spectacular roses lined with fountains that are a feast to the eyes of the visitors. The monument exhibits the brilliance of Hindu and Mughal architecture and is also considered a holy place.

Mausoleum of Bahu Begum:

The historical monument is built by Nawab Shuja Ud daula in memory of his loving  wife Bahu Begum and is a must visit. The main attraction of the monument is the architectural brilliance that bestows a distinctive feature to the monument. Designed in Nawabi style, the tomb of the mausoleum is carved with exquisite white marbles that still shines brightly throwing an aura of immortality.

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