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By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Ayodhya, AyodhyA, Ayodhyaa
- not to be fought against
- not a fighter
- the capital city of the ancient kingdom of Kośala, in modern day Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of the River Sarayu, which is one of the holy cities and pilgrimage centres of the Hindus, on account of it being the birth place of Rāma and the capital city of his rule, which is praised in the ancient texts for its prosperity, beauty, religious and cultural momuments, and for being an impornat ancient trading centre.