Ayodhya is a legendary spiritual centre on the banks of River Saryu that attracts the visitors with its serene ghats and countless temples. Here is many tourist places in Ayodhya, people know Ayodhya as a ram janam bhoomi. 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
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.
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.
Kanak Bhavan Temple
The ‘Kanak Bhawan’ is the biggest, religiously one of the most important and architecturally an aesthetically built temple dedicated to Lord Ram and his divine consort Sita. It is located in the pilgrim holy town of Ayodhya in the state of Uttar Pradesh of India. This shrine is a marvelous sample of temple architecture and design, and is the most beautiful and attractive structure in Ayodhya
Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi
Ram Janmabhoomi is the name given to the site that many Hindus believe to be the birthplace of Rama, the 7th avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu.
The Ramayana states that the location of Rama’s birthplace is on the banks of the Sarayu river in the city of Ayodhya. A section of Hindus claim that the exact site of Rama’s birthplace is where the Babri Masjid once stood in the present-day Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. According to this theory, the Mughals demolished a Hindu shrine that marked the spot, and constructed a mosque in its place. People opposed to this theory state that such claims arose only in the 18th century, and that there is no evidence for the spot being the birthplace of Rama.
Sita Ki Rasoi
Sita ki Rasoi is actually a temple rather than a royal kitchen. It is located in the north-western side of the Ram Janamasthan and also close to Ram Chabootra-terrace, in Ramkot in Ayodhya. The temple houses the idols of all the princes of the royal household – Ram, Lakshman, Bharat, Shatrughan along with their wives Sita, Urmila, Mandvi and Shrutikriti.
The kitchen has symbolic kitchen ware such as the rolling plate or chakla and rolling pin-belna.
Ram ki Paidi
Ram ki Paidi, like Har ki Paidi in Haridwar, is actually a flight of steps on Nayaghat near the bank of Saryu river in Ayodhya where huge crowds of pilgrims and the devotees take a bath in the holy waters of the historic river.
A new ghat with the paidis was constructed by the joint effort of the then Chief Minister of UP, Shri Shripati Mishra and his irrigation minister Shri Vir Bahadur Singh during the period 1984-1985. The water for the ghat is lifted with motor pumps from the Saryu river.