Ayodhya  ||   Ayodhya Tourist Attractions   ||   Kanak Bhawan   ||   Nageshwarnath Temple   

 
                                                                                      

.Ayodhya evokes emotion and inspiration at a same time. The city belongs to Lord Rama and his folks and that is what makes this city so attached and relevant to the Indian Psyche. It is in this very town that Raja Ram was born. Ram grew up to become Maryada Purushottam, the best among the dignified. It is at this very place that he was exiled and was bestowed with kingdom when he returned after vanquishing the evil.

Ayodhya has otherwise remained in the eyes of storm since decades. The main controversy was related to a 5 centuries old mosque named Babri Masjid. Born-again Hindus claimed that the mosque has been built on the same site where Lord Rama was born. They claimed that the mosque has been built after pulling down the existing temple. The situation worsened in the year 1992 when cadets of RSS, VHP and other right leaning groups pulled down the historical mosque. The issue led to communal riots that engulfed whole nations and killed thousands. The place still remains in the eyes of storm.

But the city of Rama is not just about blood, orgy and communal frenzy. The city invokes inspiration among the general Indians cutting across religious lines. Lord Rama has been attached to the Indian Psyche and has remained inseparable. He has been bestowed upon with the title of 'The most dignified among the dignified' and is held in high esteem by every Indian irrespective of his class, creed or religion. The sheer story of Rama provides unparallel examples of piety, dignity, love, brotherhood, chastity and forgiveness.
 

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Ayodhya boasts of various tourist attractions that are uniform scattered all over the town. Almost all of these are religious attractions and are frequented by scores of pilgrims every year. And contrary to the popular belief, a sizable numbers of those who visit Ayodhya include Janis.

Hanuman Garhi
Hanuman Garhi temple is easily approachable from the rest of Ayodhya as it is situated right in the center of the town. The temple is a must visit during your trip to Ayodhya. The temple is an important site both in terms of religion as well as architecture and is thus hot among the tourists visiting Ayodhya. Hanuman Garhi is a massive structure in the shape of a four-sided fort with circular bastions at each corner.

Jain Shrines
Ayodhya is not only the birthplace of Lord Rama but is also held on high esteem because of its association with Jainism as a religion. Several followers of the Jainism faith from all over India frequent Ayodhya every year. This is because of the fact that there are several Jain temples in Ayodhya. It is believed by the followers of Jainism that Ayodhya is the birthplace of as many as 5 of his Tirthankaras. These Jain temples mark the place where these Tirthankaras were born. It is said that Kesari Singh, the treasurer of Nawab of Faizabad, built 5 separate shrines to mark the birthplace of these Tirthankaras. The temples bear the date of Vikram samvat 1781. etc.
 

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Kanak Bhawan is another important temple in the city of Ayodhya. Situated near Hanuman Garhi, Kanak Bhawan is frequented by scores of tourists every year. The Temple is famous for the images of Sri Rama and Sita wearing gold crowns. Because of this very reason, it is also popularly referred to as Sone-ka-Ghar at times.

The temple has an interesting legend behind it. It is said that Rani Kaikey had built it for Sita. Kaikey happened to be the stepmother of Lord Rama and was instrumental in exiling Lord Rama and Sita to forest. Therefore the claim that she built it because of her affection with Sita seems to be concocted and mala fide at the same time; possibly to put her in good picture. The temple has subsequently been restored time and again by various kings. It is mentioned that Rani Krishnabhanu Kunwari of Orccha built the present temple in 1891.
 

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The temple of Nageshwarnath is one of the most frequented temples in Ayodhya. The temple stands tall amidst numerous 'Matths' and 'Akhadaras' that exist in the city of Ayodhya. Nageshwarnath Temple is supposed to be established by Raja Kush, the younger son of Lord Rama. The festival of Shivaratri is celebrated here with great pomp and splendor.

There is a very interesting story behind the establishment of this temple. It is said that Raja Kush lost his armlet, while bathing in the Saryu. He tried to find it but in vain. He became much depressed thinking it to be a bad omen. The armlet was actually picked up by a Nag-Kanya (Snake-damsel), who fell in love with him. She promptly returned the armlet and won the admiration of Raja Kush.

It is claimed that as the Nag-Kanya was a devotee of Shiva, Kush erected this temple for her. The temple has historical essence as well. That is particularly because of the fact that Nageshwarnath has been the only temple to survive till the reign of Chandragupta Vikramaditya; the rest of city had fallen into ruins and was covered by dense forests. It is claimed that it was by means of this temple that Vikramaditya was able to locate Ayodhya and the sites of different shrines here.

 
 
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