The ancient city of Ayodhya is regarded as one of the seven sacred sites for Hindus. It is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ram who is one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. According to ancient texts Ayodhya is described as an ideal city which was ruled by King Dashratha where principles of dharma and righteous governance thrived. Ayodhya’s significance goes beyond its geographical location as it holds immense religious and cultural importance in Ramayana. Let us explore some of the prominent places in Ayodhya and their significance in Ramayana. As we embark upon this journey you too can immerse yourself in the divine aura of Shri Ram with the captivating aroma of Ram Chandra Incense Sticks from The House of Ram
Guptar Ghat, situated in the Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh, is a revered destination along the banks of the Ghaghra River, also known as Saryu. A mere 9 kilometres from the Hanuman Garhi Temple, this ghat bears immense cultural and religious significance. According to Hindu mythology, it was at Guptar Ghat that Shri Ram took his last dip ‘Jal Samadhi’ to depart from the mortal realm and ascend to Vaikunta Dham, the divine abode of Lord Vishnu. Since that sacred moment, devotees have held the belief that immersing themselves in the holy waters of the Saryu River can cleanse their sins and alleviate their burdens, offering a path to solace and purity. Guptar ghat is also surrounded by various temples like the Raja Mandir, Chakrahari Vishnu temple, Ram Sita temple and Narsingh temple which makes it a sought after tourist destination.
The Saryu River originates from the Milam glacier in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It flows through the Kumaon region before merging into the Ghaghara river in Uttar Pradesh. It is closely associated with Shri Ram the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was on the banks of this river that King Dashratha, father of Shri Ram accidently killed Shravan Kumar. Shravan’s parents then cursed king Dashratha that he would also not be able to see his son at the time of his death. This curse actually came true because when King Dashratha was on his deathbed his beloved son Shri Ram was in exile. Saryu river finds a mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures like the Rig Veda and Ramayana making it one of the most sacred rivers in the country.
HANUMAN GARHI TEMPLE
One of the most prominent temples in Ayodhya, the Hanuman Garhi temple is located in the heart of the city. As the name suggests it is dedicated to the forever devotee of Shri Ram, Lord Hanuman. The temple is shaped like a fort which takes 76 steps to approach. Revered by the Hindus it is thronged by devotees all the year round. As per the legend Lord Hanuman lived here in a cave and guarded the birthplace of Shri Ram. It was also considered to be the home of Lord Hanuman during his time in Ayodhya. Check out our Anjaneya Premium Incense Sticks which symbolises Lord Hanuman.