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15 Spiritual places to visit in Ayodhya
15 Spiritual places to visit in Ayodhya

15 Spiritual places to visit in Ayodhya

The city of Ayodhya is located in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is situated on the bank of the Sarayu river. Ayodhya is considered a holy place due to its association with Lord Ram. If you are a spiritual person, then Ayodhya is the right place for you to visit. This city offers you a wide range of spiritual places to explore. Some of them are covered below in the article. Here is the list of the top 15 Spiritual places to visit in Ayodhya.

Ram Janmabhoomi Temple

This Ram Temple of Ayodhya is presently under construction. In ancient times, the Mughal emperor Babur demolished the Ram Mandir and built Babri masjid there instead. Now after so many years and plenty of controversies, the Ram Mandir is being reconstructed at that place again. This place is very important for Hindu devotees. The construction of this temple will probably take around 3 yrs. Diwali, Dussehra, and Ram Navami are said to be the best time to visit this place once the construction is completed.

Ramkatha Park

Ramkatha park is a very peaceful place to visit in Ayodhya. People visit this place to spend their evenings, weekends, and leisure time. This park has open-air theatres. Many religious and cultural as well as pop events and functions take place here.

Time required: 1-2 hrs

Dasrath Bhavan

The Dasrath Bhavan is situated in the centre of the city. Raja Dasrath was the father of Lord Ram. This Bhavan is constructed at the place where the original palace of Raja Dasrath existed in the ancient period. There are idols of Lord Ram, Laxman, and Sita in this Bhavan.

Time required: 1-2 hrs

Kanak Bhavan

The Kanak Bhavan is located in Tulsi Nagar. It is near the Hanuman Garhi Temple. It is towards the Northeastern direction of the Ram Janmabhoomi. This Temple is also known as Sone-ka-Ghar or Sone ka Mandir. It was built in 1891 by Rani Krishnabhanu Kunwari of Orchha. This place is dedicated to Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Ram. It is believed that this place was built by Kaikey in honour of Sita. Many musical performances are being conducted in the courtyard of this Bhavan which results in a huge number of visitors here in the evening.

Time required: 30 min

Hanuman Garhi Temple

This temple was built in the 10th Century AD. It is a cave temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is believed that Lord Hanuman used to stay at this place for guarding Ayodhya. It is a custom of Ayodhya that, people visit this Hanuman Garhi Temple before visiting the Ram Temple. This custom is followed for ages. The temple takes a vibrant form during special occasions. The temple has about 76 steps.

Time required: 2-3 hrs

Nageshwarnath Temple

This temple is located near the Theri Bazaar of Ayodhya. It is dedicated to Lord Nageshwarnath, a local deity. In addition, it is believed to be set up by the son of Lord Ram, ‘Kush’. The occasion of ‘Shivratri’ is celebrated very nicely in this temple. This temple was reconstructed by Naval Rai, Minister of Safar Jung. The major attraction of this temple is the Shiva Bharat procession of Lord Shiva.

Time required: 30 min

Mani Parbat

The Mani Parbat is located near the Sugriv Parbat. It is about 65 feet in height. Everybody knows the story that when Lakshman got wounded in a battle by Meghnath, Lord Hanuman uprooted an entire mountain for getting the Sanjeevani Booti from that mountain. A part of that mountain fell in Ayodhya. So, this place came to be known as the Mani Parbat. There is also a stupa built by Emperor Ashoka on this mountain.

Time required: 1-2 hrs

Sita ki Rasoi

It is located in Faizabad, Ayodhya. It is a Royal Kitchen that turned into a temple. As per the locals, this is the place where Goddess Sita cooked for the first time after her marriage. This temple has the idols of Lord Ram, Lakshman, Bharat, and Shatrughan along with their wives Sita, Urmila, Mandvi, and Shrutikriti. It is said that Maa Sita not only cook food for her family but also fed all the other people of the kingdom.

Time required: 1-2 hrs

Treta ke Thakur

This temple is located along the Naya Ghat, Ayodhya. This is a 300-year-old temple built by the Raja of Kullu. It is constructed at the place where Lord Ram performed the Ashwamedha Yagna. In the 1700s, the temple was renovated by Ahilyabai Holkar, Maratha Queen. The temple has idols of Lord Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, Bharat, and Sugreev.

Time required: 1-2 hrs

Tulsi Udyan

This garden is located near the Ayodhya Bus Stand. It is managed by the Udyan Vibhag, Government of Uttar Pradesh. It is a memorial to the great poet and saint Tulsi Das. This park was earlier known as Victoria Park, after the name of Queen Victoria. But this name was changed to Tulsi Udyan in 1960. The Tulsi Udyan has a beautifully carved statue of Tulsi Das.

Time required: 1-2 hrs

Choti Chawni

It is also known as the Valmiki Bhawan or Maniramdas Chawni. There is a total of 34 heritage caves. Out of which 12 of the southern caves are Buddhist, 5 of the northern caves are Jain, and the rest of the 17 caves in the centre are Hindu. This makes the place a centre of religious, cultural, and architectural integrity. All the structures are made up of white marble.

Time required: 2-3 hrs

Raja Mandir

This temple is located on the bank of river Sarayu(Ghaggar) in Guptar Ghar. This temple was once associated with Lord Ram. But this temple now has many other Hindu deities too. All the deities are ornamented with gold. The architecture of this temple is very beautiful.

Time required: 1-2 hrs

Sumantanath

It is a group of Jain Temples. It is located near the Ramkot citadel. These temples were built by the treasurer of the Nawab of Faizabad, ‘Kesari Singh’. Ayodhya is a very auspicious place for Jains too because it is said that 5 out of the 24 Tirthankaras of Jainism were born here. There are beautiful inscriptions on the walls of these temples about Jainism and its Tirthankaras. These inscriptions portray the whole story of Jainism.

Time required: 2-3 hrs

Chotti Devakali Mandir

This temple is located near the Ayodhya Railway Station. It is said that the temple was built by King Dasrath. He built this temple so that Sita can worship the Goddess Devakali. Many Festivals like Ram Navami, Janki Navami, Ram Vivah are celebrated in this temple very nicely. On Ashada Navratri and Ashwin Navratri, a grand aarti of 1051 diyas is organized in this temple.

Time required: 1 hr

Shri Kale Ram Mandir

This temple is located in the Theri Bazaar of Ayodhya. It is said to be one of the most important temples here. The temple has idols of Lord Ram, Laxman, Bharat, Shatrughna, Lord Hanuman, and Goddess Sita. This temple is very famous and considered auspicious by the people inside as well as outside India.

Time required: 1-2 hr

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