An Autonomous body of Culture Department, UP


AYODHYA RESEARCH INSTITUTE was founded on 18 August 1986 as an autonomous organization of Culture Department of UTTAR PRADESH. It is an organization formed to research on Ramkatha, find historical significance of Ayodhya in relation to all the religon, study about Art, Literature, Culture, Folk art of Avadh, specially of Ayodhya, research on Vaishnavism, Bhakti movement & stories about Lord Rama, & preserve ancient documents of Avadh. ‘Tulsi Smarak Bhavan’ the current Head Office of AYODHYA SHODH SANSTHAN, the same place were Tulsidas started writing Sri Ramacaritamanasa in Vikram Samvat 1631 (1574 CE). Since then this place was empty. On public demand Governor allotted Rs 522300.00 on 7 December 1965 to build Tulsi smarak bhavan. The Culture department of U.P on 20 May 2004 has started ‘Anvarat Ramleela’ in Tulsi smarak Bhavan, Ayodhya. It has completed more than 2583 days.

Ayodhya is an ancient city of India, in the Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh According to RAMAYANA, Manu(Hindu progenitor of mankind) had founded the city Names of Ayodhya: Ayodhya had many names like Avad,Saket,Vineeta,ayuta etc.. the word Ayodhya means ‘Undefeated’ According to scriptures of Hindu Mythology, for centuries city was ruled by ‘Surya Vanshi’ Kings and was the capital of the powerful kingdom of Kosala

History of Ayodhya starts with Mahajanpads .Gautam Buddha visited the city on numerous occasions.During Mauryan Empire the city was the important social & religiuos center.Although the description of Ayodhya has been found in various ancient scriptures, but it is believed that city was lost in 3rd & 4th century It is belived that ayodhya city was rediscovered by ChandraGupta Vikramaditya(379-413 A.D).

ChandraGupta Vikramaditya made it the second most important city after Pataliputra {capital of his Empire}. After Gupta Empire, it remains as an important religious center but lost its grace & beauty. During Sultanate period & Mughals period the city was neglected but in 1756 A.D Sujhauddaula made faizabad city his capitol & tries to rebuilt the city. British brought railways to the city & during their period various Indian kings build a number of temples which can be seen today.