Ayodhya district
Faizabad district
Clockwise from top-left: Diwali at Ram ki Paidi, Bahu Begum ka Maqbara, Amsin Bazar, Saryu river near Ayodhya, Gulab Bari
Location of Ayodhya district in Uttar Pradesh
Location of Ayodhya district in Uttar Pradesh
Country India
StateUttar Pradesh
 • Lok Sabha constituencies
  1. Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency - Ayodhya, Bikapur, Milkipur, Rudauli
  2. Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituency - Goshainganj
 • Vidhan Sabha constituencies
 • Total2,522 km2 (974 sq mi)
 • Total2,470,996
 • Density980/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Literacy69.57%
 • Sex ratio961
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationUP-42
Major highwaysNH 27, NH 330, NH 330A, SH 30

Ayodhya district (previously known as Faizabad district) is one of the 75 districts in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city of Ayodhya is its administrative headquarters.[1][3] The district occupies an area of 2,522 square kilometres (974 sq mi),[1] and had a population of 2,470,996 in the 2011 census.[1][2] Ayodhya district shares its borders with 6 districts of Uttar Pradesh. It is bordered by Gonda and Basti districts on the northern side, Amethi and Sultanpur districts on the south, and Ambedkar Nagar and Barabanki districts share the border on the east and west.

The official name of the district was changed from Faizabad to Ayodhya in November 2018.[4]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Religions in Ayodhya district (2011)[6]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Distribution of religions

According to the 2011 Indian census, the district had a population of 2,470,996, of which males were 1,259,628 and females were 1,211,368. Population in the age group of 0–6 years was 360,082. This gave it a ranking of 178th in India (out of a total of 640).[7] The district had a population density of 1,054 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,730/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 18.16%. The district had a sex ratio of 961 females for every 1000 males. The total number of literates in the district were 1,450,901, which constitutes 58.7% of the population. The effective literacy rate of 7+ population was 70.63%. 13.77% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes made up 22.46% of the population.[7]

Languages in Ayodhya district (2011 census)[8]

  Hindi (83.00%)
  Awadhi (13.50%)
  Urdu (3.14%)
  Others (0.36%)

At the 2011 Census of India, 83.00% of the population in the district identified their first language as Hindi, 13.50% as Awadhi and 3.14% as Urdu.[8]


Ayodhya district has one Lok Sabha constituency and five Vidhan Sabha constituencies. Lallu Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party is the sitting MP of Faizabad Lok Sabha constituency.[9] Three of the five legislative assembly seats are held by the BJP and two by the Samajwadi Party. Ved Prakash Gupta (BJP) is the MLA for Ayodhya, Ram Chandra Yadav (BJP) for Rudauli, Awadesh Prasad (Samajwadi Party) for Milkipur, Amit Singh Chauhan (BJP) for Bikapur and Abhay Singh (Samajwadi Party) for Goshainganj.[10]

Police stations

There are 19 Police stations in Ayodhya district.[11]


By Rail

The major railway stations in the district are

By Air

Ayodhya International Airport is the international airport in Ayodhya district.



  1. ^ a b c d e "About district". District Ayodhya, Government of Uttar Pradesh. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Census of India: Search Details – Faizabad District". www.censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. ^ Tully, Mark (2017), India in Slow Motion, Penguin Random House India Private Limited, pp. 18–, ISBN 978-93-5118-097-5
  4. ^ "Faizabad district to be renamed as Ayodhya, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath". The Financial Express. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Census of India Website : Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India". www.censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Table C-01 Population by Religion: Uttar Pradesh". censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  7. ^ a b "District Census Handbook: Faizabad" (PDF). censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population by Mother Tongue: Uttar Pradesh". www.censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  9. ^ "फैजाबाद लोकसभा सीट : 65 हजार वोटों से लल्लू सिंह विजयी". Hindustan (in Hindi). Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Goshainganj, Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election Results 2022 LIVE Updates: SP's Abhay Singh wins Goshainganj with 72186 votes". India Today. Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  11. ^ "Uttar Pradesh Police | Police Units | Ayodhya | Officials". uppolice.gov.in. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Uttar Pradesh to get 18 new police stations for increased policing". The Economic Times. Retrieved 27 December 2022.
  13. ^ "Police | District Ayodhya - Government of Uttar Pradesh | India". Retrieved 27 December 2022.

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