Ramjanma Bhoomi, Ayodhya Overview

Translating to Ram's Birthplace, the Ram Janmabhoomi is believed to have been the birthplace of the Hindu deity, Lord Ram. According to the Indian epic Ramayan, Ram, Lord Vishnu's seventh manifestation, is said to have grown up along Ayodhya's river Sarayu. The Ram Janmabhoomi is a highly revered site for Hindu devotees.

After being a conflicted site for decades, the Ram Janmabhoomi land was handed over to a trust by the Supreme Court of India to build the Ram Temple. The groundbreaking ceremony for laying of the foundation stone for the Ram Temple of Ayodhya was performed on 5 August 2020 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The proposed design of the temple is grand and magnificent.

The Ram Janmabhoomi site is where the famous Babri Masjid once stood. It is believed that the Mughals demolished a Hindu shrine to built this mosque at the birthplace of Lord Ram. In 1992, a group of Hindu nationalists tore down the Babri Masjid which led to a series of violent riot across India. In October 2019, a bench of five judges of the Supreme Court ordered the land to be handed over to a trust to build the Ram Temple. An alternate 5 acres of land was also given to the Sunni Waqf Board to built a mosque.

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History of Ram Janmabhoomi

This birth land of Lord Rama has been through eras of conquerance and religious drifts. Post the ancient Buddhist establishment in the 600 BC; the present Ram Janmabhoomi was a Chinese Buddhist hometown with over 100 sacred sites in the 5th century.

Upon being subjected to belonging to the Gupta Dynasty until the 11th century, this region saw the eventual kingdom of the Vaishnava clan of the Gahadalavas called the Kanauj Dynasty in the 1000s. The era of the Guptas gave rise to numerous shrines or stupas of the time.

Up until the 16th century, the Ram Janmabhoomi was part of the Delhi Sultanate before coming under the Mughal rule during the 1700s. It was during this time that the Babri Masjid was built. The land was an active British colony from the 19th century to the mid 20th century.

How to Reach Ram Janmabhoomi

Ram Janmabhoomi is situated within the city centre of Ayodhya, about a kilometre to two away. The Ayodhya Airport, also known as the Faizabad Airport in Faizabad is approximately 8 to 10 kilometres from the Ram Janmabhoomi. It can be covered via a 15 to 30-minute drive.

The destination is about 1.5 to 3 kilometres from the Ayodhya Railway Station in Dharmakata; it is accessible even with a 20-minute walk. There are a couple of bus stands in Ayodhya, the Ayodhya Bus Station at the Ram Katha Park is the more prominent one. This bus stop is 1.7 to 2.5 kilometres from Ram Janmabhoomi.

There are bus stands at the Faizabad Cantonment and at the Circuit House at the Rajkiya Uddyan Cantonment Road as well.

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