The Divya Desams are revered by the 12 Azhvars in the Divya Prabandha, a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses. Lord Shiva, the other major deity in Hinduism, is similarly associated with the Paadal Petra Sthalams, 275 Shiva temples which are praised in the Tevaram canon by the 63 Nayanars.
Divya Desam 98 - Sri Ramar Temple:PLACE : AYODHYA
PRESENT NAME : AYODHYA
BASE TOWN : FAIZABAD
DISTANCE : 07 KM
MOOLAVAR : LORD RAMA/CHAKRAVARTHY THIRUMAGAN/RAGHU NAYAKAN
THAYAR : SEETHA
THIRUMUGAMANDALAM : NORTH
MANGALASASANAM : Periyalwar, Kulashekara Alwar, Thondaradipodi Alwar, Nammalvar, Thirumangai Alwar
PRATYAKSHAM : Bharadhan, all Devars and Maharishis
THEERTHAM : Sarayu Theertham, Indra Theertham, Narasimha Theertham, Papanasa Theertham, Gaja Theertham, Bhargava Theertham, Vashista Theertham, Paramapadha Sathya Pushkarani
VIMANAM : Pushkala Vimanam
Thiru Ayodhi/Ayodhya/Mokshapuri/Mukthi Kshetram/Ram Janmaboomi is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This is one of 108 Divya Desam. Birth place of Lord Sri Rama. Ayodhya is situated on the bank of River Sarayu. This place is 7 kms from Faizabad. This is a popular pilgrimage centre. The ancient city of Ayodhya according to Ramayana was founded by Manu. This is one of the seven sacred cities. According to Purana. Ayodha is famous for its close association of Ramayana. It’s a city full of sacred temples and historical significance. Atharvana Veda describes Ayodhya as “a city built by Gods and being prosperous as Paradise itself”. Various faiths have grown and prospered simultaneously in different periods. Jains consider that 5 tirthankars were born in Ayodhya and the first Tirthankar Rishabadev is one amoung them.
The legend has that Lord Vishnu gifted a tiny portion of Sri Vaikundham the Abode of Lord to Swayambuva Manu, Manasa Putra of Lord Brahma. As a result, this sacred land came into existence on the river banks of Sarayu, later Lord Vishnu’s glorious incarnation as Lord Rama took place to reinstate the righteousness on this Earth. Ayodhya was the capital of Kingdom Kosala. There are many shrines located within the vicinity of this temple which holds historical importance. The place where the Yagnas performed by Lord Rama known as Thretha Ka Mandir, Kshireshwaranath shrine built by Kousalya mother of Lord Rama to admire her daughter-in-law Goddess Sri Sita. Kanak Bhavan and Kala Rama Temple are the places where Lord Rama blissfully lived with Goddess Sri Sita. There are many Ghats located on the river banks of Sarayu, holy dip on these Ghats known as Ayodhya Ghat, Ram Ghat/Swarga Dwar, Lakshman Ghat etc.. In addition to this there are sacred wells (Vashishta Kund) positioned here are equally capable to eradicates the sins and provides high intrinsic worth.
Hanuman Gadi: This is temple of Hanuman and it is most popular temple of Ayodhya. The temple is in center of the town. One has to climb about 70 steps to reach the main sanctum. The main temple there is statue of Anjana Devi with Bal Hanuman on lap. Legend says Hanuman stays here and guarded the Ramkot. The faithful belief is that all the wishes are granted with a visit to the temple
Kanak Bhavan: This is the palace of Sri Rama. You have to climb few steps and enter into a big hall. Here we get to have darshan of Rama’s Paduka. This was the place from where Rama climbed into the chariot, to leave Ayodhya for vanavasam. There is another mandapam in which we have the main sanctum. Here we see Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana. There are two sets of idols we see here, one is the main idol and the other was worshipped by Sri Krishna. This is the place where Rama and Janaki matha lived. Main deity is decorated so well we hardly feel like leaving the place.
Sri Ram Janma bhoomi: This is the main place of worship in Ayodhya. This is the site of the ancient citadel of Ramkot which stands on the elevated ground in the western part of the city. Lot of checking is there. We are not allowed to take anything inside. One has to walk a lot to reach the main place. They have kept the idol of Seetha Sri Rama and Lakshmana. It is so far we hardly get to see clearly and has to imagine and feel happy. We have the darshan of Hanuman to the side
This is the place where the work is going on for the construction of Sri Rama mandir. There is a model of the temple is exhibited. Pillars with carvings, designed ceiling material, doors and all the designed stones to the sides of the walls are ready.