Ayodhya: General Information
|Location||Located on the right bank of River Ghaghra (Saryu) in Faizabad district, U.P., India|
|Distances||About 8 km from Faizabad, Lucknow- 134 km, Varanasi- 209 km, Allahabad- 166 km, Gonda- 51 km, Sravasti- 109 km|
|Ideal time to visit||Throughout the year, Oct.-March, especially during various festivals & Parikramas held in Ayodhya|
|Languages Spoken||Hindi & English|
|Temperature||Summers- 26°C-41°C, Winters- 9°C-29°C|
|Attractions||Religious, Historical & Archaeological|
|Local Transport||Transport Taxi/auto rickshaw/cycle rickshaw|
|Must Visit||Ram Janm Bhumi, Ram Ki Pairi, Hanuman Garhi, Kanak Bhawan|
|Fairs & Festivals||Ram Navami, Shravan Jhula & various Parikramas|
|How to reach||
Situated on the right bank of River Ghaghra or Saryu, Ayodhya is considered as one of the holiest cities of India. It is the birth place of Lord Ram, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. This ancient city of Ayodhya was founded by Manu with the help of Vishwakarma, and it was the capital of Kosala Kingdom ruled by Ikshvakus of Surya Vansh. It has a very important place from the point of history & archaeology. Predominantly it is the city of temples.
Many religions have their association with this place from ancient times. Five Thirthankars of Jain religion were born here and they preached their religious values here as well. It, therefore, is an important pilgrim centre for Jains also. Lord Buddha is supposed to have spent 16 summers in Saket (Ayodhya). The place also finds mention in the travelogue of Hiuen-Tsang & Fai-hein, the famous Chinese travellers. The city was also visited by Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Teg Bahadur & Guru Govind Singh the Sikh gurus and because of this, Ayodhya has many Gurudwaras which attract Sikh devotees from whole of India.