Uttar Pradesh

This is one of the town’s most popular temples, and is the closest of Ayodhya's major temples to the main road. Walk up the 76 steps to the ornate carved gateway and the fortresslike outer walls, and join the throng inside offering prasad (temple-blessed food) of sweets and marigolds.

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2. Kanak Bhavan

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3. Ram Janam Bhumi

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5. Gulab Bari

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