Ayodhya has been a political tinderbox since Indian independence. The Supreme Court recently awarded the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh to Hindus, allowing them to build a temple there. Though a revered place for Hindus, tourism is Ayodhys is modest compared to in Varanasi or Mathura. Today, Ayodhya is a place where people from the villages mostly around Uttar Pradesh come to have a ‘darshan’ and take a holy dip in the river Sarayu. Here is a collection of images from Ayodhya.
Pilgrims take a stroll at the Sarayu river. Last month, the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple by a Trust at the disputed site at Ayodhya. (Photo credit: Shome Basu)
Seen here is bylanes of Ayodhya dotted with old structures as Supreme Court last month directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a "prominent" place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh. (Photo credit: Shome Basu)