The Yogi Adityanath government is trying its best to get ‘World Heritage City’ tag for Ayodhya. The ancient religious city fulfils eight out of 10 standards set by the Unesco for a city to find place on the list of World Heritage cities. The report was prepared by the Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh, University, Faizabad along with Ayodhya Municipal Corporation and other bodies of the district administration. If everything goes as planned, in the next two years, Ayodhya is likely to find a place in the ‘World Heritage City’ list of the Unesco.
As part of the process for heritage city tag, several seminars have been conducted. A Unesco team has also visited Ayodhya. The state government has also planned a new Ayodhya and world’s tallest statue of Lord Ram is also proposed in the temple town.
It may be recalled here that in 2017, Ahmedabad city was inscribed in Unesco World Heritage List as Heritage City. Last year, Jaipur also found a place in Unesco World Heritage list. Once a place gets listed on Unesco World Heritage list it gets recognition in world tourist map attracting tourists from all over the world.
The heritage city proposal was first mooted in 2012 when Ayodhya Faizabad Relations Trust (AFRT), an NGO, and the then Samajwadi Party government showed interest in pursuing the matter. But it was not pursued in earnest. In 2017, a Rs 133-crore package was also announced by the state government to develop the ghats and take up other infrastructure projects in Ayodhya, which is home to more than 100 temples.
Ayodhya is an important place of pilgrimage for the Hindus and has many places of interest. Hanuman Garhi, a massive four-sided fort with circular bastions at each corner and a temple of Hanuman inside, is the most popular shrine in Ayodhya. Another place called Ramkot is the main place of worship in Ayodhya, and the site of the ancient citadel of its namesake, standing on elevated ground in the western city. The temple of Nageshwarnath, the oldest temple in Ayodhya, was established by Kush, son of Rama. There are other places of interest too like Angad Tila, Janki Mahal, Tulsi Chaura, etc.