Kanak Bhawan

Kanak Bhawan Temple in Ayodhya is dedicated to Lord Ram and his divine consort Goddess Sita. The magnificence of this place and the deities installed in the sanctum leave the devotees spell bound. Built more as a sprawling palace rather than a shrine, the Kanak Bhawan Temple resembles the magnificent palaces of Bundelkhand and Rajasthan region of India. The history of the temple dates back to Treta Yug. According to local legends, Queen Kaikayi, Lord Rama’s stepmother had gifted this palace to Goddess Sita, her newly arrived daughter-in-law and step son Rama. Later, a grand temple was built by the royal house of Orchha and Tikamgarh in the late 19th century. A high-ceilinged hall with arched doorways on three sides across a massive courtyard houses three sets of gold-crowned idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita under a silver canopy. Unlike other shrines, the airy, open spaces of the evidently Bundela influenced architecture of Kanak Bhawan allows for quiet corners and comfortable ambience. The idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita are exquisitely adorned with gold ornaments, from which the temple derives its name – ‘kanak’ meaning gold. The temple is presently being looked after and managed by a Trust named “Sri Vrisbhan Dharma Setu Pvt. Trust” which was established by HH Maharaja Saheb Sri Pratap Singh Ju Deo of Orchha and Tikamgarh, who was also its first president.

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Tulsi Smarak Bhawan

Tusli Smarak Bhawan was constructed in memory of 16th-century poet-philosopher Goswami Tulsidas Ji. Best remembered for authoring the Ramcharitmanas in Awadhi language, he is popularly believed to have also composed Hanuman Chalisa. The bhawan is home to ‘Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan’, Ayodhya Research Centre, an organisation occupied with studying and ascribing historical significance to Ayodhya and its literary, cultural, and spiritual traditions. There is a library, a permanent exhibition featuring Ramayana art and craft, daily recitation of Ramkatha, and year-round enactment of Ram Leela.The bhawan is used for various religious ceremonies and prayer meetings and also acts as a cultural centre for hosting performing arts sessions by veteran artists. In 1988, Ramkatha Museum was established within the institution.Through its collection of antiquities of Ramayana era, the museum puts forth the historical perspective of Ayodhya.

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Nageshwarnath Temple

Thetemple is dedicated to Lord Shri Nageshwar Nath, the presiding deity ofAyodhya. It is believed that this beautiful temple was built by Lord Rama’s sonKing Kusha. TheShivalinga present in thetemple is quite ancient. As per folklore, King Kush was taking bath near River Saryu when his armletfell in the water; it was picked up by a naagkanya who was in love with him. Since shewas a devotee of Lord Shiva, King Kush got the temple constructed for her. Being one ofthe most important and venerated temples in Ayodhya, it attracts large crowds ofdevotees from all over during the festivals of Trayodashi and Mahashivaratri. The presentedifice of the temple was constructed in 750 AD.

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Hanuman Garhi

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.

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Ram Janmabhoomi

The Ram Janmabhoomi Temple is one of the major attractions of Ayodhya. It is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ram the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The place has an utmost significance for the devotees of Lord Rama. Visitors pour in from around the world to take a glimpse of this divine attraction.

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Tulsi Udyan

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.

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Shish Mahal

This magnificent temple, is dedicated to Lord Rama and Mother Sita. The temple is inlaid with cut-glass and stained inexquisite patterns. It dates back to the 14th century AD.

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Tulsi Smarak Bhawan

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.

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Ram ki Paidi

Ram ki Paidi is a series of ghats on the bank of River Saryu. The river front brings forth an outstanding Landscape especiallyin floodlit night. These serve as platforms to devotees who it is said, come towash away their sins by taking a dip in the river.

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Chhoti Devkali Temple

This temple is associated with several tales from the Ramayana and is situated near Naya Ghat. As per mythology, Mother Sita after her wedding with Lord Rama arrived in Ayodhya with an idol of goddess Girija Devi. King Dashrath got a beautiful temple constructed for the idol and Mother Sita used to worship the Devi in the temple. An impressive statue of Goddess Devkali, the local deity, is present now.

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Nandigram (Bharat Kund)

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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Valmiki Ramayan Bhawan

This bhawan (building) is famous for the Valmiki Ramayana which has been engraved beautifully on marble. Devotees visit here from sunrise to sunset. It is situated at a distance of 3 km from the Ayodhya railway station on Mani Ramdas Ji Ki Chawni Marg.

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Mani Parvat

This is the place where some parts of sanjivni Booti fell off while Lord Hanuman was carrying the huge mountain of Sanjivni Booti to Lanka to save injured Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. The hillock, about 65 feet high, was later named as Mani Parvat.

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Treta ke Thakur

Treta ke Thakur Temple is located at the Naya Ghat of Ayodhya. It is dedicated to Lord Rama, who is known as ‘Treta ke Thakur’. It is believed that this temple has been built over the place where Lord Rama had performed the Ashvamedha Yajna. About 300 years ago, the King of Kullu built a new temple here, known as ‘Kaleram ka Mandir’. In 1784, the Maratha Queen, Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, renovated this temple. It houses the idols of Rama, Sita, Laxman, Bharat, Shatrughan, Guru Vashishtha, Hanuman, Sugreev and guards – Jai and Vijaya which are made of black sandstone and believed to have been recovered from the original Ram temple that stood near Saryu River. The temple opens only once a year, on Ekadashi (eleventh day) of Shukla Paksha in Kartik Month. The day is celebrated with pomp and gaiety along with a special pooja. Huge number of devotees visits the temple to offer prayers to the deities. 

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