Ayodhya Network

Ayodhya is an ancient city of India in Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya is described as the birth place of Hindu god Shri Ram. Ayodhya is on the right bank of the river Sarayu. Ayodhya was one of the most ancient, largest and most magnificent of Indian cities and was the capital of the Hindu kingdom of Kosala. The opening chapters of the Ramayana recount the magnificence of the Ayodhya city, the glories of the monarch and the virtues, wealth and loyalty of his people. Dasaratha was the father of Rama, the Seventh Avatar of the Vishnu. Many Hindus believe the birthplace of Rama to be in Ayodhya at the place called Ram Janmabhoomi, the site of the demolished Babri Mosque.

Ayodhya is also the centre of the Ayodhya debate concerning the Ram Janmabhoomi temple and the Babri Mosque. Babar, the founder of the Mughal dynasty, constructed a mosque called Babri Mosque. With an efforts to revive self-respect for Hindus, the Hindu nationalists destroyed the disputed structure in 1992. A temple devoted to Lord Rama is said to have existed prior to the mosque's construction. A title suit on the disputed site is currently pending in the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court and its judgment is expected shortly.

The matter is under court investigation but this does not seem to deter the VHP in preparing for its grand construction and some models and basic stone work has already been completed channelled by different organisations including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad which gains substantial amount of cashflows from expatriate Hindu populations in the US and Europe. Various workshops in different parts of India are working continuously since Sept. 1990. Till 2001, about 45% of the work on Ground Floor was completed.

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