Temples in Ayodhya


Temples in Ayodhya

Ayodhya, located on the banks of river Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 7 sacred cities for Hindus. Ayodhya plays a critical role in the Hindu epic of Ramayana as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama. Ayodhya has been surrounded by controversy since about a decade now but yet, has so much colour and spirituality to see for its tourists taking the form of various attractions here including Ram Janmabhoomi and various other temples.

Here is the list of 9 Temples in Ayodhya

1. Ramjanma Bhoomi

Ramjanma Bhoomi
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This place is alleged to have had a temple for Lord Ram once which was demolished as per Babur's orders and instead a mosque was built on the same location. The temple is open to public now after a long period of controversies.

2. Nageshwarnath Temple

Nageshwarnath Temple
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According to the legend goes, this temple was created by Lord Ram's son Kush. The temple structure shows semi-divine Nagas worshipping Lord Shiva.

3. Hanuman Garhi

Hanuman Garhi
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One of the most sacred cities of India, Ayodhya is better known as the birthplace of Lord Rama. The whole city is decorated with numerous religious places, Hanuman Garhi being the most important. Hanuman Garhi is a temple dedicated to Hanuman. The land of the temple belonged to the Nawab of Awadh, who donated it to construct the temple. The temple was built by the Nawab in the 10th century.

4. Raja Mandir

Raja Mandir
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Located on the banks of river Ghaggar (Sarayu) in Guptar Ghar, Raja Mandir in Faizabad has been associated with numerous mythological stories time and again. The temple houses stunningly carved idols of many Hindu Gods and Goddess, which are ornamentally clad in silken fabrics and rich jewellery. The exquisite construction of the temple reflects the brilliance of Hindu architecture.

5. Chotti Devakali Mandir

Chotti Devakali Mandir

A beautiful temple located in midst of the Naya Ghat in Ayodhya, the Chotti Devakali Mandir is said to have been built by King Dashrath for Sita Devi's worship of Goddess Devkali. Overlooking the Saryu river, this temple was established by the famous Divya Kalaji Maharaj. The Ram Charit Manas, a historic poem written by Tulsidas, is regularly recited here in the evenings. Festivals like Ram Navmi, Ram Vivah and Janaki Navami are celebrated in this temple with grandeur and pride by the local people, as well as the pilgrims who travel to Ayodhya, especially for these festivals. On important days such as Ashada Navrada and Ashwin Navratotsav (around June - July), a grand Aarti of 1051 lights is organized where several tourists, pilgrims and locals come to worship and pray to the Goddess.

6. Shri Kale Ram Temple

Shri Kale Ram Temple

Located in the Theri Bazaar of Ayodhya, Shri Kale Ram Temple is said to be the most important temple in the holy city of Ayodhya. The temple is widely known in and outside of India as it is the only temple that depicts the idol of Lord Rama along with his brothers Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. This temple also has idols of Lord Hanuman and Goddess Sita. Being the only temple with such intricate and ancient idols this temple is visited by pilgrims as well as locals and tourists.

7. Raj Dwar Mandir

Raj Dwar Mandir

The Raj Dwar Hanuman Garhi Temple is situated in Tulsi Nagar, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The Shikara of this magnificent temple originally was made of pure gold, however, after independence, the Gold was replaced by the government. Although the temple is not as famous as the others situated in the city, there is an annual fair organised by the Temple authorities that sees crowds of over thousands coming to visit the religious place. Right next to the Hanuman Garhi, many saints also considered this temple to have been cursed by the King, yet there is no proven archaeological fact that can defend this claim.

8. Swaminarayan Temple

Swaminarayan Temple

Located at the Patrapur Road in Ayodhya, the famous Swaminarayan temple was originally home to Shri Swaminarayan who shifted to Ayodhya from Chhapaiya. The magnificent temple has beautifully carved idols of Radha Krishna Deva and Harikrishna Maharaj. The temple also has two umbrellas commemorating the houses that were removed to make inns. The famous yogi Ghanshyam Maharaj, also known as Shri Swaminarayan, performed various holy rituals in the temple. Even today, many saints and priests perform these rites with the aim to gain infinite power. Thus, this temple is proved to be one of the most important and visited temples in Ayodhya.

9. Ammaji Mandir

Ammaji Mandir

The famous and elegant Ammaji Mandir is one of the 108 divya desams of Lord Vishnu. Located in Tulsi Nagar, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh - the temple is an architectural landmark and houses a deity of Lord Rama, Lord Vishnu's 7th avatar. Maintained mainly by Tamils, the temple is famous for hosting the Hevilambi Varusha Pavithrotsavam. This temple along the banks of river Sarayu is over 100 years old. Founded by Sri Yogi Parthasarathy Iyengar, the temple contains scriptures in Hindi, Sanskrit as well as Tamil. After the passing of Sri Yogi, his wife took responsibility for the upkeep of the temple. Owing to her selfless devotion to maintaining the temple and the people, the temple popularly came to be known as Ammaji Temple.

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