Kanak Bhawan Temple in Ayodhya is dedicated to Lord Ram and his divine consort Goddess Sita. The magnificence of this place and the deities installed in the sanctum leave the devotees spell bound. Built more as a sprawling palace rather than a shrine, the Kanak Bhawan Temple resembles the magnificent palaces of Bundelkhand and Rajasthan region of India. The history of the temple dates back to Treta Yug. According to local legends, Queen Kaikayi, Lord Rama’s stepmother had gifted this palace to Goddess Sita, her newly arrived daughter-in-law and step son Rama. Later, a grand temple was built by the royal house of Orchha and Tikamgarh in the late 19th century. A high-ceilinged hall with arched doorways on three sides across a massive courtyard houses three sets of gold-crowned idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita under a silver canopy. Unlike other shrines, the airy, open spaces of the evidently Bundela influenced architecture of Kanak Bhawan allows for quiet corners and comfortable ambience. The idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita are exquisitely adorned with gold ornaments, from which the temple derives its name – ‘kanak’ meaning gold. The temple is presently being looked after and managed by a Trust named “Sri Vrisbhan Dharma Setu Pvt. Trust” which was established by HH Maharaja Saheb Sri Pratap Singh Ju Deo of Orchha and Tikamgarh, who was also its first president.
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