Ayodhya – Holy City of India
One of the most prominent pilgrim places in India, the city of Ayodhya is also known by the names Awadh and Oudh. Located in northern India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya is one among the seven popular holy cities of the country, and houses approximately 7000 temples, out of which 100 are most popular for their religious significance.
The city is also the birth place of Lord Ram, one of the most famous deities in Hindy mythology and it is believed to be the origin of the Surya Dynasty, with stories and beliefs that have lasted for many centuries now. Ayodhya happens to attract pilgrims in large numbers, not just from all over the country but also the world. It also consists of the famous holy river called Saryu, where many devotees take a dip as a part of the sacred rituals that take place here.
Many significant festivals are celebrated with great spirits here. In fact, it is said that the prominence of Ayodha grew exponentially when King Dasratha, who had no children performed some rituals here with sage Rishyasringa, and that led him to have four sons, the eldest of which was Lord Ram. Also, the festival of Diwali came into existence from this very city, when Ram had successfully managed to defeat the monstrous Ravan and returned to Ayodha safely with his wife Sita and brother Laxman. To commemorate their victory and return, the civilians of Ayodha had lit lamps and lights, thus, marking the beginning of the most famous festival of Diwali in the country.
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