Ayodhya, the mere mention of the name evokes a feeling of love and compassion, for here was born Shree Ram. People not just believe in God but they worship him with relentless religiousity. It is said that Shree Rama still resides in the beautiful temple where thousands of people visit every now and then. The same can be felt in the vibes of the city which make you feel that you are more than a body. All this is because Ayodhya is the birthplace of Shree Ram. It was in the kingdom of Dashrath, Shree Ram’s father. And this is why Ayodhya is known as Ram Janm Bhoomi which means the birthplace of Lord Ram. In the festival ‘Diwali’ temples all over the city are decorated with several diyas and candles as people believe that Shree Ram arrived on this day from the 14-year exile, known as ‘Vanvas’. When you enter the temple lots of monkeys are to be found there and people believe that Lord Hanuman is still there to protect Lord Ram. They feed those monkeys and pray to god and that is how they find god in everything and everywhere.
And not only Shree Ram but also Shree Krishna’s birthplace is in Uttar Pradesh known as Mathura. People here are very revere Shree Krishna as they still practice the old traditions that were practiced in the time of Shree Krishna. Here, the famous festival Holi is played throughout the week by different things such as colors, flowers and also the famous ‘Lathmar Holi’ which is the highlight of this town. People here also celebrate Shee Krishna’s birthday known as Janmashtami by decorating the temples and stories have been heard that Shree Krishna visits the temple in the night to stay in the temple and accepts all the gifts given by his devotees and that colors are to be seen everywhere like someone has played Holi in there. It is interesting because people lock the temple that night and no one is allowed to go in there because they don’t want to disturb the god. Thousands of people come here to pray for their loved ones and to show love to their god.
Talking about spirituality, many people visit the famous Banaras to rediscover themselves and that is why it is known as ‘The city of Temples’. It is a holy place for devotees of Lord Shiva and old couples come here to travel because they believe that visiting the god here will forgive them for all their sins and will take them to heaven. People come here to find peace within them and you are always welcomed here as people are very genuine.
Another city is Prayagraj, erstwhile Allahabad, where the famous Kumbh Mela attracts millions of devotees who gather at the confluence of the Ganges, Jamuna and Sarasvati. And hundreds of priests, sadhus join together to start the mela. It is celebrated 4 times over the course of 12 years.
The state also has ‘Kushinagar’ where the most beautiful Buddhist temples are situated. People often come here to see the beauty of these temples and it is believed that Buddha have attained parinirvana here after his death. So not only for Hindus but the state also has various cities which promote Buddhism. And not only that it also promotes Jainism as ‘Sarnath’ is the birthplace of the 11th Jain Tirthankar of the Jainism. So to conclude about the people here, they are spiritual and very kind towards others.
In the cradle of Hinduism, we also have a Dewa Sharif mazaar in Dewa and the Moti Masjid in Agra. Eid is celebrated with equal zest and multi-cultural ‘iftar’ is a norm here. Clearly, Uttar Pradesh has a tradition for celebrating and respecting all festivals. It is evolving everyday and visiting it is truly a beautiful experience. I myself live in Gorakhpur, the city which is home to Buddhist, Muslim, Jain and Sikh saints and it is growing day by day I can assure you a beautiful experience here.