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Ayodhya Day Trip

Ayodhya Day Trip: On National Highway 28

On National Highway 28 from Lucknow to Ayodhya

Ayodhya is regarded one of the holiest towns for Hindus. It is the birthplace of Lord Rama and the epic Ramayana was also based here. Though I had visited the town more than 20 years back, I didn’t really remember much And so, when another chance for a day trip to Ayodhya came along, I was quite excited.

Ayodhya is about 134km from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh (one of India’s largest states) and can be reached in around 2.5 hours by the National Highway 28. Though its a highway, the roads have a lot of patchwork in many places and that’s quite a disappointment to be honest. While potholes in cities are the norm, I wasn’t expecting a bit of a rough ride on the National Highway of all the places.

Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi
Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Our first stop was the Hanuman Garhi which is a temple of Lord Hanuman. You need to climb about 70 steps to reach the top and so I am sure this may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The temple’s architecture and the different colours used are wonderful.

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Diwali celebrations need an overhaul..

Diwali celebrations

Diwali celebrations

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As per the Ramayana, Diwali was a festival of celebration, lights and happiness at Rama, Sita and Lakshman’s return to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. It started off as a festival wherein people whitewashed their houses, lit up diyas (glow lamps), performed Lakshmi Puja and met friends and family.

But over the years, Diwali has unfortunately also become synonymous with gambling, firecrackers, noise and air pollution and more. Along with killing and injuring numerous human beings over the years, these firecrackers are also dangerous for all the animals around as they are loud enough to scare them.

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Book Review: Ramayana – The Game of Life: Rise of the Sun Prince

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Amish Tripathi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ashwin Sanghi & Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni among others are some of the famous names, readers in India associate with mythological fiction. With captivating storylines and interesting characters, mythological fiction is finding a lot of readers in India. Personally, I am not a fan of mythological fiction but Shubha Vilas’s Ramayana – The Game of Life: Rise of the Sun Prince seemed quite interesting since it wasn’t fiction but instead a modern take on Ramayana without any changes. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

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