11 Facts About Ayodhya


Ayodhya was once the capital of the ancient Kosala Kingdom.

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The Adi Purana states that Ayodhya is called Saketa "because of its magnificent buildings which had significant banners as their arms".

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The Adi Purana states that Ayodhya is famous as su-kosala "because of its prosperity and good skill".

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Alternative, but less likely, theories state that Saketa and Ayodhya were two adjoining cities, or that Ayodhya was a locality within the Saketa city.

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Archaeological and literary evidence suggests that the site of present-day Ayodhya had developed into an urban settlement by the fifth or sixth-century BC.

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Ayodhya cut down the forests that had covered the ancient ruins, erected the Ramgar fort, and built 360 temples.

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Ayodhya probably suffered when the Hunas led by Mihirakula invaded the Gupta empire in the sixth century.

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In 1226 AD, Ayodhya became the capital of the province of Awadh within the Delhi sultanate.

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Ayodhya has a humid subtropical climate, typical of central India.

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Ayodhya is an important place of pilgrimage for the Hindus.

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In Garuda Purana, Ayodhya is said to be one of seven holiest places for Hindus in India, with Varanasi being the most sacrosanct.

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