Ayodhya Dispute - Religious Background - Ram Janmabhoomi

Ram Janmabhoomi

Ayodhya is the birthplace of the Maryaada Purushottam, i.e., ideal person, Lord Rama, legendary King of Kosala, who is also worshiped by millions as an Avatar of Vishnu. The Skandh Puraan, an over 2000-year-old work of reference for ancient pilgrimage sites in India, narrates in detail the different temples in Ayodhya, including the one commemorating the birthplace of Rama.

Ayodhyā Mathurā Māyā Kāsi Kāñchī Avantikā I
Purī Dvārāvatī chaiva saptaitā moksadāyikāh II

—Garuḍa Purāṇa I XVI .14

Ayodhya is one of seven most holy places for Hindus in India whereas Varanasi is considered as Holiest of the seven holy cities for Hindus.

A Kṣetra is a sacred ground, a field of active power, a place where Moksha, i.e. final release from cycle of rebirth, can be obtained. The Garuda Purana enumerates seven cities as giver of Moksha, They are Ayodhya, Mathura, Māyā, Kāsi, Kāñchī, Avantikā and Dvārāvatī.

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