Ramanandi sect believes that Rama has a planet in Vaikuntha called Sakethloka. Are there any scriptural references for this loka?


Yes, there are references of Saketa AKA Ayodhya in scriptures:

The Shiva Samhita mentions there are two Ayodhyas- Para-Ayodhya which exists outside the material universe and the Ayodhya on Earth where Sri Rama descended:

The Para-Ayodhya is where Bhagavan disports while Ayodhya on the Earth is where Bhagavan indulges in divine play. Bhagavan Sri Rama is the Supreme Lord of both these Lokas. Whatever is present in Para-Ayodhya is also present in the Ayodhya on the Earth. (Shiva Samhita, Canto V, Chapter II)

The Vashishtha Samhita states that Saketa-Loka encompasses all the Lokas situated outside the material universe:

Saketa-Loka is itself a form of Truth, Consciousness, Supreme Bliss. All the abodes of Vishnu and Goloka are a part of the eternal Saketa-Loka. (Vashistha Samhita)

On the other hand, Adi Ramayana states that Saketa-Loka is situated beyond Krishna's abode, Goloka; possibly positing Ayodhya as a superior destination than Goloka:

Sri Rama is Himself Parabrahma, the very form of Truth, Consciousness and Supreme Bliss, whose divine abode (Saketa) is eternally self-illumined, even beyond the divine Goloka. (Sri Adi-Ramayana 1.9.24)

Lastly, in the Padma Purana, it is described that Ayodhya lies on the centre of Vaikuntha:

Beyond these Lokas lie the Supreme abode of Vishnu. The devotees and servants of the Lord resides in this Supreme abode of Bhagavan Vishnu, the very embodiment and bestower of Supreme Bliss. At the very centre of this Loka, is situated, the divine city by the name of "Ayodhya", which is adorned and filled all around by beautiful and magnificent structures. (Padma Purana 6.228.10-12)

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  • I didn't find any Canto 5 in Shiva Samhita, can you provide archive link.. – user16895 Jan 30 '19 at 8:28
  • What is Adi Ramayana, is it same as Ramayana of Valmiki..? What is Vasistha Samhita? – user16895 Jan 30 '19 at 8:29
  • @MohMur These are Agamas which I don't think you'll find online. And Adi-Ramayana is not the same as Valmiki Ramayana. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Jan 30 '19 at 8:53
  • @MohMur See: lordrama.co.in/saket-loka.html – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Jan 30 '19 at 8:55
  • Do you have link for Adi Ramayana, who is its author? – user16895 Jan 30 '19 at 9:05

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