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The Hanuman Garhi
Situated in the center of the town, this temple is approachable by a flight of 76 steps. Legend has it that Hanuman lived here in a cave and guarded the Janambhoomi or Ramkot. The main temple contains the statue of Maa Anjani, with Bal Hanuman seated on her lap. The faithful believe that all their wishes are granted with a visit to this holy shrine.
A massive structure in the shape of a four sided fort with circular bastions at each corner houses a temple of Hanuman and is the most popular shrine in Ayodhya.
This has images of Sri Rama and Sita wearing gold crowns. It is also known as Sone-ke-Ghar.
The chief place of worship in Ayodhya is the site of the ancient citadel of Ramkot which stands on an elevated ground in the western part of the city. Although visited by pilgrims throughout the year, this sacred place attracts devotees from all over India and abroad, on 'Ram Navami', the day of Lord's birth, which is celebrated with great pomp and show, in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April).
According to mythology, Lord Rama is said to have been cremated here.
Mani Parbat and Sugriv Parbat
The first of these ancient earth mounds is identified with a stupa built by the Emperor Ashoka, while the second is believed to be an ancient monastery.
Treta ke Thakur
This temple stands at the place where Rama is said to have performed the Ashvamedha Yajnya. About 300 years ago the Raja of kulu built a new temple here, which was improved by Ahalyabai Hokar of Indore during 1784, at the same time the adjoining Ghats were also built. The initial idols in black sandstone were recovered from Saryu and placed in the new temple, famous as Kaleram-ka-Mandir.
The temple of Nageshwarnath is said to have been established by Kush the son of Rama. Legend has it that Kush lost his armlet, while bathing in the Saryu, which was picked up by a Nag-Kanya, who fell in love with him. As she was a devotee of Shiva, Kush erected this temple for her. It is said that this has been the only temple to have survived till the time of Vikramaditya, the rest of city had fallen into ruins and was covered by dense forests. It was by means of this temple that Vikramaditya was able to locate Ayodhya and the sites of different shrines here. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated here with great pomp and splendor.
Other places of interest
Rishabhadeo Jain Temple, Brahma Kund, Amawan Temple, Tulsi Chaura, Laxman Quila, Angad Tila, Shri Rama Janaki Birla Temple, Tulsi Smarak Bhawan, Ram ki Paidi, Kaleramji ka Mandir, Datuvan Kund, Janki Mahal, Gurudwara Brahma Kund Ji, Ram Katha Museum, Valmiki Ramayan Bhawan, are among other places of interest in Ayodhya.
About the City
Area : 10.24 Sq. km.
Population : 40642 (1991 census)
Altitude : 26.90 meters above sea level.
Season : October – March.
Clothing (Summer) : Cottons
(Winters) : Woolens
Language : Hindi, Avadhi and English
Festivals : Shravan Jhoola Mela (July-August), Parikrama Mela (October-November), Ram Navmi (March-April), Rathyatra (June-July), Saryu Snan (October-November), Ram Vivah (November), Ramayan Mela.
Local Transport : Taxis/Tongas/Tempos/Buses/Cycle-Rikshaws.
STD Code : 05276
For Ayodhya the nearest airports are Amausi Airport (Lucknow-134 km), Bumrauli Airport (Allahabad - 166 km)
Ayodhya is situated on the broad gauge Northern Railway line on Mughal Sarai – Lucknow main route. Ayodhya/Faizabad are connected to various parts of the country by the following trains:
2167/2168 – Saket Express (Bombay/Faizabad)
3307/3308 – Doon Express (Calcutta/Dehradun)
3151/3152 – Jammu Tawi Express (Calcutta)
3283/3284 – Ganga Yamuna Express (Bhiwani/Delhi-Varanasi/Danapur)
2449/2450 – Saryu Yamuna Express (Delhi/Varanasi)
9165/9166 – Sabarmati Express (Varanasi/Ahmedabad)
Connected by road to several major cities and towns. Some of the major road distances are: Lucknow (134 km), Gorakhpur (132 km), Jhansi (441 km), Allahabad (166 km), Sravasti (109 km), Varanasi (209 km) and Gonda (51 km).
Kanan Bhawan Dharamshala. Phone: 32024.
Birla Dharamshala, Bus Station. Phone: 32252.
Gujrat Bhawan Dharamshala, near Bus Station. Phone: 32074.
Jain Dharamshala. Rai Ganj.
Janaki Mahal Trust Dharamshala, Naya Ghat.
Pandit Banshidhar Dharamshala, Naya Ghat.
Ram Charit Manas Trust Dharamshala.
Quality accommodation is available at Faizabad town, just 7 km away
Hotel Shane Awadh, Civil Lines, Faizabad. Phone: 23586.
Tirupati Hotel, Civil Lines, Faizabad. Phone: 2233/22448.
Hotel Alka Raje, Rekabganj, Faizabad. Phone: 22027.
Abha Hotel, Moti Bagh, Faizabad. Phone: 22930.
UP Tourism Accommodation
Pathik Niwas Saket, near Railway Station, Ayodhya. Phone: 32435.
(Run by U.P. State Tourism Development Corporation)
Options are limited to local eateries/restaurants which offer largely vegetarian food.
Banks, Post and Telegraph
State Bank of India, Shrinagar Hat. Phone: 32053.
Central Bank of India, Shrinagar Hat. Phone: 32084.
Sub-Post Office, Shringar Hat. Phone: 32025.