Ayodhya Temple, Uttar Pradesh
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Shri Ram Mandir is a Hindu temple that is being built in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, at the site of Ram Janmabhoomi, or the birthplace of Lord Rama. The site, according to the Ramayana, is the birthplace of Rama, a principal deity of Hinduism. The temple’s construction is being undertaken at a brisk pace and is being supervised by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra.
Sprawled along the serene Saryu river, it is one of the holiest cities of Hinduism and attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. Temples can be found all over the city, some of which are connected to the Saryu ghats (stepped banks of the river).
When thousands of earthen lamps are lit for Deepotsav, which is observed on the day of Diwali, the city appears especially beautiful. They look absolutely stunning as they float along the Saryu. The best time to visit the city is during the Diwali celebrations when streets are bustling with festive activity and temples are resplendent. Ayodhya is said to be the birthplace of four Jain tirthankaras (saints), and various shrines scattered across the city and its surrounding areas pay tribute to them. Ayodhya, which is about 135 kilometres from Lucknow, was formerly known as Kaushaldesa and served as the capital of the Surya dynasty.
Nearby Places to See
Hanuman Garhi Mandir
This elevated temple dates back to the 10th century and can be found in the heart of the city. Before going to the Ram Mandir, many people stop by this temple. A beautiful tower stands atop the small temple.
Sita Ki Rasoi
It is widely held that the ancient kitchen of Mata Seetha is located in this area, close to Ram Janma Bhoomi. It has now been transformed into a temple. During lunchtime, all guests are treated to a lavish meal provided as prasad. A symbolic kitchen is seen here.
Sri Maniram Das Chavani
This is the ancient and well-kept home of Bhagwan Ram and Mata Seetha. In this temple, one can see many sages. It is a memorial created in honour of the sage Valmiki, and before its name changed to what it is known as today, the location was known as Ayodhya Sri Valmiki Ramayana Bhavana.
It is one of Ayodhya’s oldest temples, with a recently built ghat located close by. This temple is thought to have been built by King Kusha, the son of Lord Rama.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Wooden art of Ram, Sita and Lakshman,Chandan (Sandalwood paste)
Foods to Relish