The government of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday approved a proposal to change the name of the Faizabad district to Ayodhya, a week after the announcement made by Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath on the eve of Diwali.
With the district, the division of Faizabad was also renamed Ayodhya. The districts of Ambedkar Nagar, Barabanki, Amethi, Faizabad (now Ayodhya) and Sultanpur constitute the administrative division and the outlines will remain the same.
The district headquarters will not change, however, and will remain in Faizabad, said Awanish Awasthi, chief secretary of the Department of Public Information.
According to the Government's note on the name change, the district magistrate's proposal was "justified" on the basis of "facts" that Ayodhya had been the capital of the legendary "Ishvaku dynasty" and the birthplace of Lord Ram.
"Ayodhya has been the capital of many states and dynasties through time. In far away countries too, this country has been identified as Ayodhya, "says the note.
At the Deepotsav celebration in Ayodhya last week, Mr. Adityanath said the city was the symbol of "our honor and our pride".
The state cabinet also changed the name of the Allahabad division to Prayagraj division, several weeks after the district name change.
The division of Allahabad includes the districts of Allahabad, Kaushambi, Pratapgarh and Fatehpur.