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|| Greatness Of Ayodhya ||

सर्वा पूर्वमियं येषामासीत्कृत्स्ना वसुन्धरा।
प्रजापतिमुपादाय नृपाणां जयशालिनाम्॥

Formerly, this entire earth belonged to those victorious kings starting from Prajapati (Manu). Image
On the banks of river Sarayu, a great and prosperous country named Kosala, abundant in food grains and wealth and inhabited by contended people, was situated.
In the country called Kosala was the famous capital city of Ayodhya built by the lord of men, Manu.
With well laid out Thorough fares, the beautiful and prosperous city of Ayodhya extended for twelve yojanas in length and three yojanas in breadth.
It looked splendid with its well laid out and broad highway strewn with flowers and regularly sprinkled with water.
राजा दशरथ, augmenting the prosperity of the great kingdom, lived in the city of Ayodhya like Indra in स्वर्ग. Image
The city where all kinds of artificers lived had arched outer gateways, well arranged local markets and all kinds of instruments and weapons.
With matchless splendour, it abounded in eulogists and genealogists. It contained stately edifices decorated with flags and hundreds of sataghnis (missiles).
The city with suburban towns on all sides had several female dancers and actors. It was filled with gardens and mangogroves. And girdled by sal trees. It was enclosed by strong fortifications and a deep moat. No enemy can ever enter and occupy that city. Image
It abounded with several elephants and horses, cattle, camels and mules. It was embellished with a host of tributary kings who used to pay tributes and with merchants from different countries.
Like Indra's Amaravati, it was adorned by mountains and mansions with precious stones.
With groups of men and women and adorned with sevenstoried palaces, it looked wonderful like a board where the game of ashtapada, is played. It was rich in all kinds of gems.
Its dwellings were constructed on levelled ground with no space left unutilised it was abundant stocked with fialgrained rice and water which fasted sweet like sugarcane juice. The city echoed with the sounds of trumpets, mrudangas, vinas and panavas.
There was no city on earth superior to Ayodhya.
Like an aerial car acquired by the siddhas in heaven through their austerities, the palaces were perfectly constructed in rows and inhabited by the noblest of men. Image
The city was inhabited by thousands of warriors known as maharathas. They were skilled archers and sharphanded. They would not pierce with arrows, solitary persons, persons without defence, fleeing foes who could be tracked down through hints from sound.
That city (of Ayodhya) was filled with excellent dwijas performing rituals of अग्निहोत्र, virtuous and wellversed in the Vedas and Vedangas. They were generous, truthful and dignified. They were almost equal to rishis and maharshis.

— Valmiki Ramayana
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