Ayodhya, situated on the banks of Sarayu river, for some, may just be a piece of land, but millions of Hindus living across the world consider it, being the birthplace of Lord Rama, the gate of the paradise from which the Lord himself and many other sages passed through to go to the sea of divinity. Ramajanmabhumi is the playground of Lord Rama -- the avatara of Lord Vishnu. The dream of Ramarajya, an ideal adopted by the 20th century yug-purusha Mahatma Gandhi, came into existence from Ayodhya only.
The history of Ayodhya is very ancient and controversial. Neither has it been renounced nor have there been enough serious attempts to unravel the mystery. There is a big reason behind it. It is a well-known fact that there are many means to know history of a place like literary and archaeological. In the case of Ayodhya though the literary evidences have been studied in great depth, archaelogical evidences still need to be scrutinized. There still remain many ridges and hillocks in Ayodhya which need to be excavated and for which one needs a complete lifetime and ample amount of financial resources. How will this all happen? . . . Still Dr Thakur Prasad Verma and Dr Swarajya Prakash Gupta have worked for years and displayed a systematic account of its history -- from the Rigvedic period till the present -- after taking into account all types of evidences like literary, mythological, archaeological, numismatic and inscriptions as well. Even the archaelogical evidences found on December 6, 1992 have been included here.
This book also includes details of the three rock inscriptions which were recovered from a broken skeletal hill, especially the one of 12th century ce inscribed in twenty lines in Sanskrit in Nagari script specifying that a local king named Ayushacandra, who was dependent on the famous king Govindacandra Garwahal (reign ce 1114-58) had built a huge stone temple on Janmabhumi with a golden spire dedicating it to "Vishnu Hari" as he had crushed the dignity of king Vali and Ravana -- a clear deed accomplished by Lord Rama. It is thus proved that before the establishment of the so-called Babri Masjid (ce 1528) there stood a Hindu temple exactly at this site 400 years ago with grandness and divinity. When and who destroyed this temple has been given here in elaborate detail. This volume also analyses the books written by some foreign scholars like Hans Baker's History of Ayodhya raising doubts on the very existence of Ayodhya.
This book will prove to be very informative for all the inquisitive readers.