Divya Desam 98 – Sri Ramar Temple:
PLACE : AYODHYA
PRESENT NAME : AYODHYA
BASE TOWN : FAIZABAD
DISTANCE : 07 KM
MOOLAVAR : LORD RAMA/CHAKRAVARTHY THIRUMAGAN/RAGHU NAYAKAN
THAYAR : SEETHA
THIRUMUGAMANDALAM : NORTH
MANGALASASANAM : Periyalwar, Kulashekara Alwar, Thondaradipodi Alwar, Nammalvar, Thirumangai Alwar
PRATYAKSHAM : Bharadhan, all Devars and Maharishis
THEERTHAM : Sarayu Theertham, Indra Theertham, Narasimha Theertham, Papanasa Theertham, Gaja Theertham, Bhargava Theertham, Vashista Theertham, Paramapadha Sathya Pushkarani
VIMANAM : Pushkala Vimanam
Thiru Ayodhi/Ayodhya/Mokshapuri/Mukthi Kshetram/Ram Janmaboomi is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This is one of 108 Divya Desam. Birth place of Lord Sri Rama. Ayodhya is situated on the bank of River Sarayu. This place is 7 kms from Faizabad. This is a popular pilgrimage centre. The ancient city of Ayodhya according to Ramayana was founded by Manu. This is one of the seven sacred cities. According to Purana. Ayodha is famous for its close association of Ramayana. It’s a city full of sacred temples and historical significance. Atharvana Veda describes Ayodhya as “a city built by Gods and being prosperous as Paradise itself”. Various faiths have grown and prospered simultaneously in different periods. Jains consider that 5 Tirthankaras were born in Ayodhya and the first Tirthankar Rishabadev is one among them.
The legend has that Lord Vishnu gifted a tiny portion of Sri Vaikundham the Abode of Lord to Swayambuva Manu, Manasa Putra of Lord Brahma. As a result, this sacred land came into existence on the river banks of Sarayu, later Lord Vishnu’s glorious incarnation as Lord Rama took place to reinstate the righteousness on this Earth. Ayodhya was the capital of Kingdom Kosala. There are many shrines located within the vicinity of this temple which holds historical importance. The place where the Yagnas performed by Lord Rama known as Thretha Ka Mandir, Kshireshwaranath shrine built by Kousalya mother of Lord Rama to admire her daughter-in-law Goddess Sri Sita. Kanak Bhavan and Kala Rama Temple are the places where Lord Rama blissfully lived with Goddess Sri Sita. There are many Ghats located on the river banks of Sarayu, holy dip on these Ghats known as Ayodhya Ghat, Ram Ghat/Swarga Dwar, Lakshman Ghat etc.. In addition to this there are sacred wells (Vashishta Kund) positioned here are equally capable to eradicates the sins and provides high intrinsic worth.
Hanuman Gadi: This is temple of Hanuman and it is most popular temple of Ayodhya. The temple is in center of the town. One has to climb about 70 steps to reach the main sanctum. The main temple there is statue of Anjana Devi with Bal Hanuman on lap. Legend says Hanuman stays here and guarded the Ramkot. The faithful belief is that all the wishes are granted with a visit to the temple
Kanak Bhavan: This is the palace of Sri Rama. You have to climb few steps and enter into a big hall. Here we get to have darshan of Rama’s Paduka. This was the place from where Rama climbed into the chariot, to leave Ayodhya for vanavasam. There is another mandapam in which we have the main sanctum. Here we see Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana. There are two sets of idols we see here, one is the main idol and the other was worshipped by Sri Krishna. This is the place where Rama and Janaki matha lived. Main deity is decorated so well we hardly feel like leaving the place.
Sri Ram Janma bhoomi: This is the main place of worship in Ayodhya. This is the site of the ancient citadel of Ramkot which stands on the elevated ground in the western part of the city. Lot of checking is there. We are not allowed to take anything inside. One has to walk a lot to reach the main place. They have kept the idol of Seetha Sri Rama and Lakshmana. It is so far we hardly get to see clearly and has to imagine and feel happy. We have the darshan of Hanuman to the side
This is the place where the work is going on for the construction of Sri Rama mandir. There is a model of the temple is exhibited. Pillars with carvings, designed ceiling material, doors and all the designed stones to the sides of the walls are ready.
Thiru Ayodhya is said to be the Janmha Bhoomi (Birth place) of Sri Ram and is situated 6 Kms from Faizabad. Ayodhya is well connected with other places by road, as it is located on the main highway. Transportation by means of Tempos, Cycle-rickshaws and Buses are available at frequent intervals.
About the Temple: Thiru Ayodhya is said to be the Janmha Bhoomi (Birthplace) of Sri Ramar and is situated 6 Kms from Faizabad.
Ayodhya is well connected with other places by road, as it is located on the main highway.
Transportation by means of Tempos, Cycle-rickshaws and Buses are available and frequent.
- In this sthalam only, Emperumaan took the Avathaar as Ramapiran as an ordinary king, who led the life as an ordinary human. And at the end of the Avathaar, along with other 3 brothers, he got mixed (ie) got mukthi in the Sarayu river.
- This Divyadesam is said to be one among the 7 Mukthi Kshetrams. This 7 mukthi sthalam represents a different part of the body of Sriman Narayanan.
The Moolavar of Ayodhya is Sri Ramar. He is also called with the names “Chakravarthy Thirumagan”, facing his thirumugham towards North direction. Prathyaksham for Bharadhan, all Devars, and Maharishis.
The Thayer of this Divya Desam is Seetha Piratiiyaar.
The Great epic, Ramayana is said to begin and ended in this sthalam. The avathaar of Sri Ramar explains how an regular human need to be and it explains the Sathya route which leads him to the final mukthi.
This Divyadesam is said to be one some of the 7 Mukthi Kshetrams. These 7 mukthi sthalam represents one of a kind a part of the body of Sriman Narayanan. Avanthi is represented because the divine toes, Thiruvadi of the perumal, Kachipuram, represents the waist, Thirudwaraka represents the Nabhi (the lower stomach), Maya represents the Thiru maarbhu (the chest) Madhura represents the neck, Kasi represents the nostril and subsequently, this Ayodhya Kshetram represents the Head of the perumal. Thats the cause it’s far stated to be one of the maximum important most of the 7 Mukthi kshetram.
Sri Ramar by using killing Ravanan explains to the arena that all the life led and its destiny ends best via ones character. Sri Ramar led his life by using thinking of handiest one lifestyles parter, Seetha Piratti, his spouse alongside together with his bow (vil). He accompanied his preceding generationed member and observed their phrases. Thus, the Rama avathaar explains about one phrase, one bow and one wife and all the characters are located inside Sri Ramar. When Emperumaan took the human avathaar, as Sri Ramar, Periya piratti got here as his spouse as Seetha piratti, the Aadhiseshan as his brother, Lakshmanan and perumal’s sangu and chakkaram took their start as “Bharadhan and Sathrukkanan. Hanuman born as the hamsam of Sivaperumaan.
This Avathaar of Sriman Narayanan as “Sri Ramar”, shows the excellent and splendid characters of all human and explains how all ought to be. By giving the whole Raajyam (empire) of Ayodhi to Bharathar as requested with the aid of Kaikeyi he gave the entire Raajyam and neglected from Ayodhi to a wooded area. This individual suggests the obiedience for Kaikeyi, regardless of she doing harm by using making him to go to the wooded area.
By supporting Sukreevan and Vibheeshanan, Sri Ramar explains approximately the tremendous friendship character and subsequently, the mercy and love confirmed in the direction of Sri Hanuman is the closing individual of Sri Ramar.
This Ayodhya sthalam is said to be the beginning vicinity of Sri Ramar and he got Mukthi (Paramapadham) handiest from this Ayodhya sthalams and it’s far said to be the final location where the Rama avatar ended.
Brahmadevan did a robust tapas toward Sriman Narayanan. The Perumal gave his prathyaksham for Brahma and each of them hugged collectively. On seeing the notable bhakti of Brahmadevan, Sriman Narayanan is so emotionally attracted toward him and his (Perumal) eyes commenced to swell tears. But Brahma devan don’t need the tears to let down it into the earth and he gathered all of his tears within the Kamandalam (a small vessel which all of the Rishis have). Using his strength, Brahma devans created a pushkarani and all the drops of tears become blended into the pushkarani. And this is known as the Maanasasaras inside the Himalayas. Since the theertham is created along with the tears drops of Perumal and the Manasika strength (comprised of his coronary heart fulfilled) of Brahma devar, this theertham is so-referred to as “Maanasasaras”.
When Itsuraku became ruling Ayodhya he said his plea that if a river flows in his empire he could sense happy to Vasishta Maharishi. Vasishta Maharishi went in the direction of Brahma devan in Sathya Loka and alongside the assist of him, he made to float the Maanasasaras to glide close to his metropolis . Since, Maansasaras changed into made to float in Ayodhi, it’s miles referred to as as “Sarayu Nadhi”. Since, this river flowed because of the step taken by Vasistar, this theertham is likewise called “Vasistai”. This river is stated to be the frame of a ladies and stated that it talked to Sri Ramar and Dasarathar because of this, the river is likewise referred to as “Rama Gangai”.
It is said that earlier Ayodhya had 2700 temple of Sri Ramar close to the South shore of Sarayu Nadhi.
Swayavambhuvamanu, who changed into the primary son of Brahma devan, met in Sathya lokam and asked him that is the vicinity he want to begin the project of advent. Brahma along together with his son, went closer to Sriman Narayanan in Sri Vaikuntam. Through Brahma devan, Sriman Narayanan arms over the center part of Sri Vaikuntam that is stated to be the Ayodhi Raajyam. This explains that each one the wealth of Grand father belongs to Grand son (ie) considering the fact that Brahma devan emerged from the Naabhi of Sri Mahavishnu he is taken into consideration to be his son and Swayavambhuvamanu is taken into consideration as the grandson of Mahavishnu. This is the motive why alwar say:
“Ambuyothon Ayodhi Mannarkku Alitha kovil”.
On the shore of Sarayu river, a small temple for Aanjaneya is observed that is called as “Hanuman Thekri”, in which he’s determined in Vishwaroopa kolam. But only his head is observed outwards.
Ammaaji Mandir, wherein sannadhis for Sri Ranganathar and Sri Ramar are located. This is the vicinity where the antique temple was discovered wherein all the alwars sung at the perumal.
The sthalam that’s raised because the rememberance of Sri Ramar is being destroyed and found in damaged degree. We need to no longer assume that his temple become demolished. He has his very own temple in all the hearts of his bhaktas who says the Rama Naamam as “Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram” simply of their heart and for this reason Ayodhya is discovered all hearts of the bhaktas. So, bhaktas who say “Sri Ramajayam” is said to be the “Rama janma Bhoomi” and for that reason explains that there is lots and masses of Ayodhya is located in this entire global.
So allow us to say “Sri Ramajayam” and allow his call unfold for the duration of the sector.
Theerthams of Ayodhya
There are quantity of theerthams is stated to be float in and close to Ayodhya. Below are indexed a number of the Pushkaranis in and around Ayodhya:-
- Paramapadha Pushkarani
- Sarayu river.
- Nageswara Theertham:
Sri Ramar had two sons namely Lavan and Kusa. One day, Kusa become having a tub in Sarayu river who was very a whole lot attracted via his beauty by using Kumudavathi, a princess of Naga Lokam. She desired to marry him and due to this, she stuck preserve of Kusa’s hands but she couldn’t stop him. After reaching the palace, kusa determined his ornaments (bangle) changed into lacking. He concept it’d have fallen in Sarayu river and to taken out the bangle from the river he dried up the river using his astram.
The Naga princes got fearful of the astram and again the bangle and falled to the toes of Kusa. Kusa defined the bangle changed into so vital since it was given by Vasistar to Sri Ramar, his father. And in the end, Kusa let the river to drift once again. Because of this, the theertham is known as as “Nageswara theertham”.
Lots of theertham like Vaidaheeya theertham, Soorya theertham, Ratha theertham and so on also are fund. It is thought that Indra took bathtub in Indra theertham to get out of the Paavam (sin) because of Vrithirasura Vadham (Killing of Vrithisuran).
Saying “Sri Ramajayam” removes sins and gets Motsam.