November 2, 2018

TMS#033 : Explore Ayodhya with Anuradha Goyal

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Anuradha Goyal from Anuradha is an accomplished travel blogger and a book reviewer with her blog "AnuReviews" as well as the author of the book "The Mouse Charmers - Pioneers of Digital India"

Today's destination: Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh!

PS - Happy Diwali wishes in advance!

Nearest Airport: Gorakhpur Airport (GOP), Gorakhpur OR Amausi Airport (LKO), Lucknow

Nearest Railway Station: Ayodhya Junction, AY

Prerequisites - Better to carry your ID proof if you are planning to visit th Ram Janmabhoomi temple. It is not mandatory though.

Packing - Pack light and according to the season you are travelling in. Make sure to carry a good pair of walking shoes!

Time of the year - October

Length of the itinerary: 6 days

Itinerary Highlights:

-  Anuradha starts off the conversation by giving a background about Ayodhya and its significance not only to Hinduism but to every religion that was born in India - Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. She adds about the various Kings and dynasties that ruled Ayodhya before Shri Ram.

  • Anuradha also touches upon the significance of Diwali and its connection to Ayodhya as well as the major festivals celebrated here - Ram Navami (Mar-Apr), Diwali (Oct-Nov), Karthik Poornima (15 days after Diwali).
  • Anuradha discusses the various temples across Ayodhya and the best way to explore them by doing one of the yatras - Panchkosi (5kms), Chudhakosi (45kms), Chowraseekosi (300kms)
  • Some of the points of interest that Anuradha covers in the podcast are

Temples: Ram Janmabhoomi, Kanak Bhavan, Badi Hanumangarhi, Valmiki Mandir

Ghats on the river Saraya: Naya ghat, Guptar Ghat, Jhunki Ghat, Raj ghat and others

Others: Ayodhya Research Institute, International Ram Katha museum, Ram Leela performance at Ayodhya research Institute

Culinary delights: Litti Chokha, Dahi Jalebi, Kachori, Samosas, Ram Daana, and ofcourse some delightful prasads from the temples


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