Monday, 16 April 2012
Skanda and some other Puranas talk about Ayodhya as one of the seven most holy cities of India. It was the location of many proceedings in Hindu myths. Today pre-eminently a temple town, Ayodhya is well-known for its close friendship with the classic Ramayana. It is a city of huge ancient times full of historical significance and sacred temples. The Atharvaveda describe Ayodhya as "a city built by Gods and being wealthy as paradise itself."
The first ruling reign of this region was the Ikshvakus of the solar clan (Suryavansa). According to custom, Ikshvaku was the eldest child of Vaivasvata Manu, who recognized himself at Ayodhya. The speech for earth `Prithivi’ found in many Indian language is hypothetical to have been resulting from Prithu, the sixth king of the line. A few generations afterward came Mandhatri, in whose line the 31st king was Harischandra, known extensively for his honesty (Sathya-sandhata) which he conventional as his life-style. He is also famed for his other good acts as king which was follow by the other kings of the Surya Vamsa also. Raja Sagar of the similar clan perform the Asvamedha Yajna and his huge grandson Bhagiratha is supposed to have bring the river Ganges on to the earth by asset of his reparation. Later in the occasion came the great Raghu, after whom the family came to be called as Raghuvamsa. His grandson was Raja Dasaratha, the father of Rama with whom the magnificence of the Kausala family reaches its uppermost point. The story of this marathon has been immortalizing by Valmiki in the Ramayana.
Ayodhya is a city of many chairs of worship. Several religions have grown-up and prosper simultaneously and at different periods. Remnants of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam can still be establish in Ayodhya. According to Jainism, five Tirthankaras were born at Ayodhya, including Adinath (first Tirthankar), Ajitnath (second Tirthankar), Abhinandanath (fourth Tirthankar), Sumatinath (fifth Tirthankar) and Anantnath (fourteenth Tirthankar). According to Jain Agams, it is the 2nd undying city after Shikharji, which never vanish or disappear during change of eras.