TMS#033 : Explore Ayodhya with Anuradha Goyal
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Anuradha Goyal from www.Inditales.com. 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 the 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
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 Sarayu: 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
Link to Anuradha's blog: https://www.inditales.com/
Link to Blog Post : https://www.inditales.com/ayodhya-travel-guide-ram-ramayan/
Link to Anuradha's book review blog: www.anureviews.com
Link to Anuradha's book: http://www.anuradhagoyal.com/the-mouse-charmers/
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