Hanuman Garhi, Ayodhya

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One of the most visited pilgrim destinations in Ayodhya, Hanuman Garhi or the residence of Hanuman, is a temple dedicated to him. It is located over a mound in Ayodhya and can be seen from a long distance. To reach the temple you need to climb 76 steps.

The land for the temple was given by the Nawab of Awadh and it was built by one of his concubines in the middle of the tenth century.

Hanuman Garhi is actually a cave temple. It is housed in a square-shaped fort-like building which has a circular bastion on each of its four corners. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple contains the idols of Maa Anjani with Bal (child) Hanuman sitting on her lap.

The towering temple is important not only from the religious point of view but from an architectural aspect also. People believe that a visit to the temple will bless them with fulfilment of their most cherished wishes and therefore, it attracts large crowds of devotees round the year.

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