Ayodhya is a legendary spiritual centre on the banks of River Saryu that attracts the visitors with its serene ghats and countless temples. Situated in the Faizabad district, Ayodhya is counted as one of the seven sacred cities in the Hindu faith. Being the birthplace of Lord Rama and the five of Jainism’s 24 Tirthankaras, this land has many mythological and sacred bonds. According to the epic Ramayana, Ayodhya was home to the Ikshvaku dynasty, from which Lord Rama, the most illustrious of its rulers is said to have descended. Ayodhya is a significant spiritual centre for other faiths as well, Jainism in particular. The buzz of life as usual, fervour of visiting devotees, chiming temple bells and melodious chanting, all offer Ayodhya a singular spiritual ambience. Home to countless multi-faith temples, as many Dharamshalas(hermitages) and Akhadas (resting places for sadhu), the place is further enlivened by the presence of all manner of supplicant, sage, scholars and such like.
Hanuman Garhi is one of the most popular temples in the region. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman used to live here to protect Ayodhya. Set amidst shops selling religious articles and besan laddoos, visitors are required to park a short distance away and take a walled-in flight of over 70 steps to reach the temple.The sanctum is stocked with profusely painted pillars, brackets, and stucco figures. The main temple houses a statue of Mata Anjani and Bal Hanuman seated on her lap.
Tulsi Udyan is a garden dedicated to Goswami Tulsidas Ji. Located on the national highway of Faizabad the garden was previously known as Victoria Park and had an idol of Queen Victoria at the centre. It was later in 1960 when it was renamed Tulsi Udyan and an idol of Goswami Tulsidas ji was installed.
The museum houses an outstanding collection of rare paintings, ivory articles, photographs and antiquities which are all connected with the life of Lord Rama. Visit to get acquainted and feel the nostalgia of the by gone era.
The holy kund is 15 KM from Faizabad. This is believed to be the site where Bharat, the brother of Lord Rama did tapasya (deep meditation) for his return from exile and ruled the kingdom of Kosala on Lord Rama’s behalf. It is presently a peaceful and serene place to spend some moments in tranquillity and practice meditation away from the chaos. People also come here to perform the shraddh ceremony (prayers for departed ones) and also take a dip in the Kund. It also facilitates guesthouses with basic amenities.
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