challenges · Heritage · Photography · Travel

Doors Of Ayodhya, India.

I’m presently in Ayodhya, the city famous for temples and a particular one under construction. Judging by the massive crowds of pilgrims I see, I’d say it is growing as a major religious destination. Doorway to salvation, perhaps.

Going beyond the obvious temples, Ayodhya is a treasure trove of interesting architecture, particularly doors.

After all, nothing says, ‘Welcome’ like a fancy doorway.

Featured in the header: The doorway to Dashrath Mahal, Ayodhya.

A mix of old and new architecture, many older buildings are neglected. Encroached, haphazardly repaired or simple left to crumble, we tend to take our grand old heritage for granted. The fish motif above the yellow signboard is common in most of the older buildings around here. It is there on Dashrath Mahal as well. The wooden door though is a dead giveaway.

In a sharp contrast, the above building looked well cared for. It glowed in the sun. Perhaps the sunny yellow colour scheme helped. The two young boys standing at the doorway was a stroke of luck. They disappeared soon after.

Surprisingly, bright, attractive doors are dime a dozen. At busy main roads, narrow, dusty by lanes or like this one, sandwiched between two shops.

A pink and blue facade and this one had statues of celestial beings looking from the sides and above. Unfortunately, my pictures including them didn’t do justice. Trust me, this one could stop anyone in their tracks.

A random doorway that I clicked in the passing. I was surprised, really. I didn’t expect such a striking entrance in a neighborhood with regular houses.

Finally, this awe inspiring door in Faizabad that had me jumping with excitement. Technically Faizabad is already Ayodhya in many respects, thanks to a government decree. Built by the Nawab of Awadh (1753-1775), this imposing doorway leads to Gulab Bari. The mausoleum of Gulab Bari can be seen through the smaller door.

Well, that’s a wrap. The photos featured here are just a drop in the ocean. I clicked more doors and doorways than temples. Who thought it would be possible in this city!

Till next time.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Doors/ Doorways


31 thoughts on “Doors Of Ayodhya, India.

  1. The doorways, Sheetal, and your search took you to so many wormholes. Don’t they speak to you about the inhabitants behind those entry points? Loved your perceptive soul in work. After Yogi, you have brought Ayodhya on the world map. Take a bow:)

    Liked by 2 people

    1. At the cost of sounding repetitive, your comments are wordy art, Manjari. I read wormholes and Star Trek came to mind.
      “To explore strange new worlds
      To seek out new life
      And new civilizations
      To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
      Ayodhya is no less a new world for me.
      Thank you for raising my spirits and offering a fresh perspective, Manjari. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sheetal, these doors are exquisite. They are above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen in the U.S. A. We do simple and easy, functional, and often ugly doors. Even in crumbling buildings, these are all works of art.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Exquisite works of art, was exactly how I saw them too, Marsha. Nowdays, much of the older architecture in the towns and cities is being replaced by plain multi storied buildings that doesn’t offer scope for grand doors. So this was a novelty for me as well. Thanks for appreciating it, Marsha.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I saw a door in Florence, Italy that took one artist 50 years to create. Can you imagine working every day for 50 days to carve one door? I can’t! But it was an amazing door.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Lovely capture on that last shop with the keyhole frame. The doors are fantastic and it was interesting to read about the fish motif being a tradition. I wonder why the heritage buildings are not protected better? Are they not valued?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sorry for this extraordinarily late reply . Much appreciate your comments.

      I too wonder about our heritage buildings. I suppose, we are surrounded by so much history in this country that we tend to take it all for granted. Heritage buildings, over a century old, we take it all in our stride as a common place thing. The important ones are all under the protection of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).
      Needless to say, maintaining these is not an easy task. So they either fall into disrepair, be encroached upon or fall prey to builders who in its place offer convenient flats in shiny multistory. No wonder, much of the urban landscape in India is changing rapidly. I suppose the only thing constant is change. ๐Ÿ˜Š


  4. What a beautiful bunch of doors. Every single one a beauty, but I sort of like the ones in the less cherished buildings best. There’s something about beauty against a faded backdrop. I wouldn’t get far in a place like this- I’d be stopping at every turn for pictures!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Helen, you made my day. Ayodhya is a town seeped in stories where the line between history, mythology and faith blur. This was just a glimpse. Thank you for appreciating my post. I’m happy you liked what you saw. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Darwaaza. I guess the same word is used in Urdu as well. Although there are synonyms for door in Hindi but that is the one, commonly used.
      Also door to paradise has such a lovely ring to it. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 1 person

        1. The translation of โ€˜you are welcomeโ€™ is spot on but I havenโ€™t heard anyone use it in the way the English respond to thanks. We use this phrase usually when we welcome guests๐Ÿ˜Š.

          Liked by 1 person

        2. I know. I owe that to another Indian friend. She’s a Sikh. Teaches me a bit of HIndi. And she said exactly the same thing.
          I guess it would be the equivalent of “Bienvenue” in French or “Karibu” in Swahili.
          How would you say “don’t mention it” (a more British phrase) in Hindi?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s