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By Swami Harshananda

Sāketa is another name for Ayodhyā, the capital of the country Kosala. It is rather intriguing that this name for Ayodhyā is not found in the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki, though it has been mentioned in the Raghuvanśa[1] of Kālidāsa.[2] By the time of Gautama Buddha[3] it was considered one of the six great cities of Bharatavarṣa. In all the works of Buddhists, Jains, Greeks and of Patañjali,[4] Ayodhyā has always been referred to as Sāketa only.


  1. Raghuvanśa 5.31
  2. He lived in 200 B.C.
  3. He lived in 6th century B. C.
  4. He lived in 200 B. C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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