Ayodhya Tour India
On the right bank of the river Ghaghra or Saryu, as
it is called within sacred precincts, stands the holy city of
Ayodhya, believed to be the birth place of Lord Rama, the seventh
incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
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 decendants of the Surya Vansh of which
Lord Rama was the most celebrated king. Ayodhya during ancient
times was known as Kosaldesha. The Atharvaveda describes it as "a
city built by gods and being as prosperous as paradise itself".
The illustrious ruling dynasty of this region were the lkshvakus
of the Surya Vash. Accoridng to tradition lkshvaku was the eldest
son of Vaivasvata Manu, who established himself at Ayodhya.
The earth is said to have derived its name 'Prithvi' from Prithu,
the 6th king of the line. A few generations later came
Masndhatri, in whose line the 31st king was Harishchandra, known
idely for him live for truith. Raja Sagar of the same clan
performed the ashvamedha yajna and his great grandson bhagirath
is reputed to have brought ganga on earth by virtue of his
penances. later in the time came the great raghu after whome the
family came to be called as raghu vansh . His grandson was Raja
Dasharatha the illustrious father of lord rama with whome the
glory of the dynasty reached its zenith.
According to pauranic belief in the 93rd generation from Ikshvaku
the 30th from lord rama was vrihadbala 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 the Buddha, i.e. 6th century B.C.
Ayodhya is pri-eminently a city of temples. At Ayodhya several
religions have grown and prospered simultaneously and also at
different periods of time in the past. Remnants of Hinduism,
Budhism , Jainism, Sikhism can still be found in Ayodhya.
According to Jain tradition, Ayodhya was the seat of five
Tirthankaras, including the first Tirthankar Adinath