|Welcome to Ayodhya, The Invincible Land, Cradle of Mythology, Philosophy, Literature, Religions and History. It has been the witness to many faiths like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, etc., Ayodhya is predominantly linked in the psyche of billions of masses with Hinduism.|
The Present City is situated on the right bank of river Saryu in district Faizabad in the State of Uttar Pradesh, India. Ayodhya is about 8 Kms. from the District Headquarters Faizabad and about 130 Kms. from Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on latitude 26°48's north and longitude 82°13' east in north India, five miles north-east of the town of Faizabad.
Ayodhya.com takes you on an internet tour of Ayodhya to show you a glimpse of its imposing Temples, sprawling Bathing Ghaats, Serene Kunds, Gardens and brief you about them. It also familiarizes visitors with the myriad Fairs and colorful Festivals of the region wherein millions of devotees participate on every occasion.
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History of Ayodhya
The ancient city of Ayodhya, according to the Ramayana, was founded by Manu, the law-giver of the Hindus. For centuries it was the capital of the descendants of the Surya dynasty, of which Lord Rama was the most celebrated king.
Ayodhya during ancient times was known as Kosaldesa. The Atharvaveda describes it as “a city built by gods and being as prosperous as paradise itself”. The illustrious ruling dynasty of this region where the Ikshvakus of the solar clan (Suryavamsha). According to tradition, Ikshvaku was the eldest son of Vaivasvata Manu, who established himself at Ayodhya. The earth is said to have its name ‘Prithivi’ from Prithu, the 6th king of the line.
A few generations later came Mandhatri, in whose line the 31st king was Harischandra, known widely for his love of Truth. Raja Sagar of the same line performed the Asvamedha Yajna and his great grandson Bhagiratha is reputed to have brought Ganga on earth by virtue of his penances.
Later in the time this clan came to be called as ‘Raghuvamsha’. Bhagirath’s Grandson was Raja Dasaratha, the illustrious father of Lord Rama, with whom the glory of the Kosala dynasty reached its peak. The story of this epic has been immortalized by Valmiki and immensely popularized by the great masses through centuries.
According to puranic tradition, in the 93rd generation from Ikshvaku, the 30th from Rama was Brihabdala the last famous king of the Ikshvaku dynasty of Ayodhya, who was killed during the Mahabharata war. The kingdom of Kosala again rose to prominence in the time of Buddha, i.e. 6th century B.C.
Ayodhya is preeminently a city of temples, yet all the places of worship here are not only of Hindu religion. At Ayodhya several religions have grown and prospered simultaneously at different periods of time in the past. A large following of Buddhism, Jainism and Islam has always been an integral part of Ayodhya.
According to Jain tradition, five Tirthankars were born at Ayodhya, including Adinath (Rishabhadeva) the first Tirthankar.