Ayodhya is a city of Faizabad district and also the administrative headquarters of it. With the neighboring twin town Faizabad, It shares the municipal corporation. The city is known by some as the legendary city of Ayodhya, and as the birthplace of Lord Rama and the founder of the epic Ramayana.
The accuracy of this identity is at the heart of the Ayodhya controversy: various modern scholars believe that present-day Ayodhya is similar to the legendary Ayodhya, or that a legendary city is a mythical place that was associated with present-day Ayodhya. Only during the Gupta period 4th–5th century AD.
The present city is known as the site of Saketa, which dates back to the first millennium BC, Kosala was an important city of the Mahajanapadas and later served as its capital.
Ayodhya is considered to be one of the seven important pilgrimage sites for Hindus Because Ayodhya is considered to be the birthplace of Ram. It is believed that the birthplace of Rama was marked by a temple, which is said to have been demolished by the order of the Mughal emperor Babur and a disputed mosque has been erected in its place.
Hanuman Garhi Temple
Hanuman Garhi is a 10th-century temple of Hanuman in Uttar Pradesh, which is located in Ayodhya. along with other important temples like the Ram temple under construction and Nageshwar Nath, the Hanuman Garhi temple is one of the most important temples in the city. Located in the heart of Ayodhya, steps 76 lead to Hanumangarh, one of the most popular temple complexes of Hanuman in North India. It is a tradition that one should first visit Lord Hanuman Temple before visiting Ram Temple. In the temple is Hanuman’s mother Anjani, and a young Hanuman is sitting on her lap. Hanumanji started living here When Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana. Hence it was named Hanumangarh or Hanuman Kot.
The main place of worship in Ayodhya is Ramkot. the site of the ancient citadel of its namesake, stable on elevated ground in the western city. however visited by devotees throughout the year, it attracts devotees from all over the world on Ram’s birthday “Ram Navami”. Ram Navami is celebrated greatly in the Hindu month of Chaitra between March and April. Swarg Dwara is believed to be Rama’s cremation place.
There are two mounds of the ancient earth, Mani Parbat and Sugriva Parbat, where the first identified by a stupa built by the emperor Ashoka and the second is an ancient monastery.
There is one temple named Treta ke Thakur, which is believed to site of the Ashwamedha Yagna of Rama.