Popularly called Kanak Sone ki Mandir, the Kanak Bhawan Mandir, Ayodhya gets its name from the richly ornamented idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. Kanak in Hindi means gold. The idols of Rama and Sita have been decorated with a large amount of gold ornaments. It looks gorgeous to see the duo in the golden throne bedecked with gold ornaments.
About Kanak Bhavan Temple Ayodhya :
Kanak Bhavan, which is also known as Sone ka Ghar (House of gold) was built in the 19th century. The temple is situated in the centre of Ayodhya and is visited by a number of travellers. Kanak Bhavan is devoted to Lord Ram and his wife Sita.
It is believed that Rani Kaikey built this bhavan for Sita and it has been subsequently restored time and again by various kings. One of the main attractions of this temple is the musicians who perform in the white and black tiled courtyard. It is believed that the temple was constructed in 1891 by Rani Krishnabhanu Kunwari of Orccha.
The bhavan also has statues of Lord Ram and Sita in the inner sanctum. Apart from being embellished with gold ornaments, the images also wear gold crowns. Moreover there is a plague written on the outer wall of the temple, which states that there were many palaces on this site since the Treta Yuga.
History of the Kanak Bhavan Temple, Ayodhya:
The Kanak Bhavan Temple is integrally connected to the Indian Mythology. It is said that Kaikeyee, who was responsible for exiling Lord Rama and his wife Sita later built this temple for Sita as a mark of repentance. This is according to popular legend, more authentic historical information say that Rani Krishnabhanu Kunwari of Orccha constructed this temple in 1891.
Attraction of the Kanak Bhavan Temple, Ayodhya :
Located at such a point from where the sunset and sunrise can be seen it is easily accessible by means of a rickshaw or a car from any point of Ayodhya. It is situated in Hanuman Garhi, a place frequented by tourists all round the year. Referred to as Sone ke Ghar, this place draws more people because of the temple and the beautiful idols that are housed within it. The temple underwent restoration for a sufficiently large number of times.
8am-11.30am,4.30pm-8.30pm,Arti-11.30am,7pm,9.30pm (summers), 9am-11am,4pm-8pm,Arti-12nonn, 6.30, 9pm (winters), opens on all days
Location : north east of Ram Janam Bhumi, Ramkot, Ayodhya, district Faizabad, U.P., India
Ideal time : Throughout the year, especially during various festivals of Ayodhya
How to reach : Take a cycle rickshaw from any part of the city