AYODHYÂ – The Holy City of Sri Rama

Ayodhyâ was the capital city of the kings of Ikshvaku. But it then became one of the seven most sacred cities in India because it was the birthplace of King Râma. Ayodhyâ was also where Râma ruled as king after he defeated Râvana.

AYODHYÂ - The Holy city

Râmanavami is the festival that is still celebrated there, one of the five great fasts (maha-vratas) of Vaishnavism. Ayodhyâ has become a flash point for communal struggles in modern India since a four-century-old mosque was destroyed by radical Hindus there. They believed that it had been built over the very birthplace of Râma.

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