A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Dudhadhari temple boasts original Ramayana-era sculptures, making it one of the rarest of its kind in the country. Built by Kalchuri ruler Jait Singh in the 17th century, the structure’s outer walls feature exquisite sculptures related to Lord Rama.

A legend goes that the temple is named after an ardent devotee of Lord Hanumana, Swami Balbhadra Das, who was dudh-ahari, meaning he survived on milk alone. It is said that a cow called Surhi used to bathe the idol here in its milk and Lord Hanuman's devotee used to drink that milk as prasad (divine offering). That is how he acquired the title dudh-ahari.

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