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Ayodhya is located in India
Location of Ayodhya (originally called Saketa)

Sāketa in Sanskrit, or Saket in Hindi, means Heaven[citation needed], thus a place where God resides. Saket can be alternatively used for Heaven or Vaikuntha in Hindu mythology, where liberated souls dwell.[1] Saketa is also an old name for the ancient city of Ayodhya,[2][3] an important Hindu religious place, the capital of Kosala and the birthplace of Lord Rama, the hero of epic Ramayana. Also Ajanavana, an ancient forest (deer park) near Saket (Ayodhya) was where Gautam Buddha once stayed and preached.[4]

In literature[edit]

Saket (1932), a famous Hindi epic poem by Maithili Sharan Gupt, a modern-version of Ramcharitmanas, which described an ideal Hindu society and Rama as an ideal man.[5][6] It is an account of the Ramayana through the eyes of Urmila, daughter of King Janaka of Mithila and the younger sister of Sita, who later became wife of Lakshmana.

In Buddhism[edit]

In Buddhism, the place is thought to be where the sons of Okkaka founded a city.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tulasīdāsa (1989). Gosvāmī Tulasīdāsakr̥ta Śrīrāmacaritamānasa. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 892–. ISBN 978-81-208-0443-2. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  2. ^ Cunningham, Alexander (1871). The Ancient Geography of India, I. The Buddhist Period, including the Campaigns of Alexander, and the Travels of Hwen-Thsang. Trubner and Company. pp. 405–406.
  3. ^ K. D. Bajpai; Rasesh Jamindar; P. K. Trivedi (Archaeologist.); Ramanlal Nagarji Mehta (2000). Gleanings of Indian archaeology, history, and culture: Prof. Dr. R.N. Mehta commemoration volume. Publication Scheme. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  4. ^ Gaṅgā Rām Garg (1992). Encyclopaedia of the Hindu World: Ak-Aq. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 491–. ISBN 978-81-7022-375-7. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  5. ^ Kuśa Satyendra (2000). Dictionary Of Hindu Literature. Sarup & Sons. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-81-7625-159-4. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  6. ^ Gilbert Pollet (1995). Indian Epic Values: Rāmāyaṇa and Its Impact : Proceedings of the 8th International Rāmāyaṇa Conference, Leuven, 6-8 July 1991. Peeters Publishers. pp. 198–. ISBN 978-90-6831-701-5. Retrieved 25 July 2013.