As the sacred town of Ayodhya witnessed the grand inauguration of the Ram Lalla temple, my journey unfolded into a spiritual odyssey. Beyond the magnificence of the Ram Mandir, Ayodhya unveiled a tapestry of temples and pilgrimage sites, each holding its unique significance. Join me as I guide you through the spiritual gems that await beyond the iconic Ram Lalla Temple.
1. Chandrahari Temple: A Moonlit Marvel
My journey began at the Chandrahari Temple, nestled along the banks of the serene Sarayu River. Consecrated by Chandradeva, the moon god, the temple’s history whispered tales of devotion and divine allure.
2. Nageshwarnath Temple: Legacy of Kush
Venturing to Ram Ki Paidi, the Nageshwarnath Temple stood as a testament to the legacy of Kush, Rama’s son. Legends echoed as I explored the site where Kush, the brave prince, established this sacred space.
3. Ratnasimhasan: The Coronation Throne
Near Kanak Bhawan, I discovered the Ratnasimhasan, believed to be the very spot where Lord Rama was coronated. The black stone idols of the divine family surrounded by gems created an aura of ancient glory.
4. Hanuman Garhi Temple: Guardian of Ayodhya
Known as Siddha Peeth Shri Hanuman Garhi, this historical temple, dating back to the 10th century, was a pilgrimage into the protective embrace of Lord Hanuman, guarding Ayodhya through centuries.
5. Sita Koop: A Historic Well of Legends
A short distance from the temple, I found the historic Sita Koop, a well resonating with ancient tales. The history embedded in its waters transported me back to the times of Sita and Rama.
6. Kanak Bhavan: Gifted Devotion
To the northeast of Ram Janam Bhumi, Kanak Bhavan emerged as a fine temple with a tale of devotion. A gift from Kaikei to Devi Sita, it spoke volumes of love and familial bonds.
7. Mattgajendra: Guardian of Ayodhya’s Return
The temple of Lord Matgajendra, associated with Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya, presented a unique narrative. Matgajendra, the son of Hanuman and Vibhishana, symbolized unwavering service.
8. Sapt Sagar: Mythological Oasis
Mentioned in ancient texts, Sapt Sagar, a pond near Saptasagar in Ayodhya, was a creation of Maharaja Dasharatha. Its tranquil waters held the essence of faith and ritualistic significance.
9. Deokaali: Tale from the Ramayana
A temple near Naya Ghat, Deokaali, resonated with tales from the Ramayana. Constructed by King Dashrath for an idol of goddess Girija Devi brought by Mother Sita, it echoed the epic love story.
10. Surya Kund: Salutations to the Sun God
Chaudah Koshi Parikrama Marg led me to Surya Kund, a grand tank surrounded by ghats, offering homage to the Sun god. Built by Suryavanshi rulers, it radiated with spiritual energy.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where we explore the remaining 10 spiritual wonders beyond Ram Mandir in India