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ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh

Introduction:-
Ayodhya is synonymous with Lord Rama. Described as a city build by the Gods, the city of Ayodhya was originally known as Kosaladesa. Further renamed as Raghuvansa it finally came at to be as Ayodhya. The history and mythology of this city spreads over many centuries. Ayodhya is a city of temples yet, all places of worship here, are not only of the Hindu religion. The city has seen the bright and growth of many religions within its boundaries such as Jainism, Buddhism and Islam. Remnants of these religions can still be found in Ayodhya.

Ayodhya at a Glance :-

Area

10.24 sq. km

Altitude

26.90 mts. above Sea level

Season

October-March
STD 05276

Language

Avadi, Hindi and English


History :-
Ayodhya during ancient times was known as Kosaldesa."A city built by gods and being as prosperous as paradise itself" this statement was described by Atharvaveda for Ayodhya. The ancient city of ayodhya, according to Ramayana, was founded by Manu, the law-giver of the hindus.Just 6 km from faizabad , ayodhya is a pilgrim centre.This town is closely associated with Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.Ayodhya is pre-eminently a city of temples yet, all the places of worship here, are not only of hindu religion. The illustrious ruling dynasty of this region were the Ikshvakus of the solar clan(suryavansa).According to tradition, Ikshvakus was the eldest son of vaivasvat Manu,who established himself at ayodhya.Skand and some other puranas rank ayodhya as one of the seven most sacred cities of India. Ayodhya is also famous for its close association with the epic of Ramayana.

Best Season :-
The best season to visit Ayodhya is from October-March.

Festivals :-
Ram navmi is day of lord Rama's birth and is celebrated as a day of great gaiety, with the chanting of prayers and the singing of ballads. Ayodhya is also popular for mandali Ram Lila. The performance is dialogue-based and presented on a platform stage. High standards of performance is complemented by songs, and kathak dance and eye-catching background decor. Actually ram Lila is associated with vijayadashmi celebrations in late September and early October and also with ram navmi.