15 Must visit Lord Rama Temples in India ( Ram Mandir )

Friends today I will tell you the 15 most popular Shri Ram temple ( Ram mandir / राम मंदिर ) in India. These grand temples are dedicated to Lord Rama and are of immense significance for us. So let us look a these 15 must visit Lord Rama Temples.

Shri Ram is everywhere. Lord Rama is part of our lives, our culture and our believes. In India anywhere you go you will find Lord Ram,

Lord Rama is Lord Vishnu ‘s seventh incarnation, and one of several Hindu deities. Sri Ram is the main figure of the epic Ramayana, and temples dedicated to Lord Rama are located across India. Today we will see 15 most popular Shri Ram temple ( Ram mandir / राम मंदिर ) in India

Ayodhya is Lord Rama ‘s birthplace. Lord Ram is also known as Purushottam, meaning the strongest and purest of all men.

Shri Rama is “the embodiment of reality, morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband, and above all, the ideal king.” – Swami Vivekanad

Lord Rama was born in Treta Yuga, and is also considered to be the oldest deity worshipped in human form.

Must visit Lord Rama Temples in India ( Ram Mandir / राम मंदिर )

So friends, below is my list of must visit Lord Rama temples ( Ram Mandir / राम मंदिर ). Grand, historical and very important for all of us.

Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Uttar Pradesh – #1

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi is the birthplace of Lord Ram and it is in Ayodhya. It is an ancient city in north of India. Ayodhya is situated on the bank of the river Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh.

Ayodhya is one of the seven most important pilgrimage sites Saptapuri for Hindus. On 5 August, 2020, the grand ceremony of laying the foundation stone of Ram Temple in Ayodhya took place and a magnificent temple will come up here.

Shri Bhadrachalam Temple or Sita Ramachandraswamy Temple, Telangana – #2

Bhadrachalam Temple in Telangana is one of the most famous Lord Rama temples in country. The temple is situated on the banks of river Godavari. This temple in Bhadrachalam is an very important Hindu pilgrimage center. If you are in Telangana, you should not miss it.

It is located in Bhadrachalam, Bhadradri Kothagudem District of Telangana. Ram Navami is the most important festival being celebrated here and a grand way. The temple is also called as Shri Bhadrachalam temple.

In this region, there are two places closely associated with the Ramayana namely Bhadrachalam and Vijayanagara. It is said that Sri Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman stayed at a place which is around 35 kms from Bhadrachalam . The place from where Sri Ram crossed river Godavari, the Bhadrachalam temple was built and it is on the northern bank of the river.

The town of Bhadrachalam gets its name from an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, known as Bhadra.

Kodandarama Temple, Vontimitta, Andhra Pradesh – #3

Kodandarama Temple at Vontimitta is one of the largest Lord Rama Temples in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.

The temple dedicated to the Lord Rama is visited by thousands of devotees every day. The architecture of the temple is a wonderful example of Vijayanagara style of temple architecture.

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The temple dates back to the 16th century. It comes under the centrally protected monuments of national importance.

As per local legend the temple was constructed by two robbers, Vontudu and Mittudu, who later became ardent Rama devotees.

Sree Ramaswami Temple, Thalassery, Kerala – #4

Also known as Brass Pagoda , Sree Ramaswami Temple is an important Rama temple in Kerala.

Ramaswami Temple of Thalassery is one of the five major shrines dedicated to Lord Sree Rama in Kerala.

Ramaswamy Temple,Kumbakonam- Tamil Nadu – #5

Ramaswamy Temple of Tamil Nadu is one of the most beautiful and famous Lord Rama temple in South India.

The temple is located in Kumbakonam which is a very famous temple town of Tamil Nadu. Ramaswamy Temple,Kumbakonam is a very popular Shri Ram temple in country. This is a very very colourful and beautiful temple which has statues of Lord Rama along with his three brothers, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrugahan and also Lord Hanuman.

One of the prime features of this temple is hall with 64 pillar.

Kala Ram Temple Maharashtra #6

This temple is in Maharashtra and is situated in the Panchvati area of Nashik. One of the most important oldest hindu shrines in the region.

Why Panchavati is famous ? and that is because during exile, Lord Rama and Ma Sita visited this place and they stayed here for some time.

The temple has a black statue of Lord Rama and hence the name Kala Ram temple. This is really unique. The temple was built in 1788 by Sardar Rangarao Audhikar.

He dreamt about the black color statue or Lord Rama and it is believed that he found the statue in the same place he has in his dream.

Ram Mandir Bhuvneshwar Odisha – #7

This is one of the famous Ram temples situated in Kharavel Nagar area of Bhubneshwar Odisha.

The temples high rise spire is visible from a long distance and from many parts of the city. It has beautiful images of Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshmana.

Ramachaura Mandir , Bihar – #8

Ramchaura temple in Bihar is located in Hajipur , a city in Bihar.

It is one of most important tourist destinations of Hajipur and landmark of the city. As per local legend this temple existed from Ramayana period. So this is a very old temple.

It is said that Lord Rama visited this place on his way to Janakpur and hence during Ram Navami a mela is organized at this place every year.

Ram Raja Temple, Madhya Pradesh #9

Rama Raja temple also called as RajaRam temple is situated in Orcha Madhya Pradesh. Orcha is a very beautiful town and a very important tourist destination.

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It is one of the most important temples to visit in Orcha and is also called as Orcha temple.

This is the only temple in India, where Lord Ram is worshipped as a King. On the occasion of Rama Navami, Lord Rama also gets the gun salute.

Kondarama Temple Karnataka – #10

One of the must visit Lord Rama temple in Karnataka. It is one of the most popular temples near Hampi. And is one of the famous Rama temples of Karnataka.

The temple is located at Hiremagalur near Hampi in Karnataka and falls into Chikamanglur district.

As per local legend this place is was the residence of 9 siddha Purushas and also Lord Parusharama. It is said that Lord Parshurama used to live here and hence this place is also called as Bhargavapuri.

Bhargavapuri means the adobe of Bhargava or Lord Parshurama.

In the village there is also a Siddha Pushkarni or the place where the 9 siddha purashas performed the penance.

Ramatek Temple Maharastra – #11

Another very important Lord Rama temple. It is around 57 Kms from Nagpur. A very very [popular pilgrimage site in Maharashtra and Nagpur.

Raghuranth Temple , Jammu & Kashmir – #12

Another very important Lord Rama temple situated in the extreme north of the country.

It is one of the largest temple complexes located in in the north of India and has some very beautiful paintings from Ramayana.

This temple was constructed by the first dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1835.There are 7 Hindu shrines in the temple complex but the presiding deity is Lord Rama.

Shri Ram Tirath Temple – Amritsar – #13

This is one of the important Lord Rama temple in Punjab region and is around 12 Kms west of Amritsar. Amritsar is a very sacred town and you can read more about temples of Amritsar here.

Shri Raam Tirath is supposed the place were Rishi Valmiki’s ashram was located and hence this is also considered to be the birth place of Luv and Kush.

Hence it is a very important tirth sthal of the region.

Sri Rama Swamy Temple Kerala – #14

Also known as Thiruvangad Sree Ramaswami temple is an important temple of Lord Rama worship in the region.

The temple is also known as Brass Pagoda due to copper sheet on the roof.

It is one of the five major temples of Lord Shri Ram in Kerala. Other 4 are at –

Thrinayamkudam (Vaikom), Triprayar, Thiruvilluamala ,Kadalur

Sri Ramanath Swamy temple , Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu – #15

Shri Ramnathswamy temple Rameswaram is one the most important Lord Rama temple in the country and also Rameshwaram is one of the most important religious destinations of the country.

This temple was built by setupatis of setukavalan, the custodian of the bridge built by the army of Lord Rama to cross the sea to reach Sri Lanka. The current temple was built in 12th century and is believed to have same shivling which Lord Rama worshipped before leaving of Sri Lanka.


So friends these were my list of 15 important must visit Lord Rama temples. Hope you liked this informatio.

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Temples of Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram temples – The temple town of Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram also known as the temple city of Tamilnadu is known for thousand of temples which exists in this city. Kanchipuram temples are famous across the world and this temple town is one of the most visited temple towns.

Kanchipuram is one of the most ancient city of Tamil Nadu and India and its history dates back to 2nd Century BCE.

so friends, let us look at the some famous Kanchipuram temples of the he temple town Kanchipuram!

Kanchipuram – One of the Sapta Puri Cities

Kanchipuram is also one of the Sapta Puri cities of India. Cities which are considered to be so holy that visiting them provides path to moksha. These are Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwarka.

Such is the importance of Kanchipuram. As par Garuda Puran this is a place to attain moksha!


What does the name Kanchipuram signifies

Kanchipuram is a tamil word, which means a place where Lord Vishnu is worshipped. Lord Varadharaja Perumal Temple is where Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Varadharaja and is one of the most famous temples of Kanchipuram.

In sanskrit Kanci means girdle and it is said that the city is like a girdle to the earth.


Kanchipuram temples – Famous temple of Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is a famous temple town, but let us look at some of the most famous temples of Kanchipuram

Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

One of the most famous Kanchipuram temples, Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, also called as Hastagiri or Attiyuran is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

It is located in a suburb of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi which has many famous Vishnu temples.

It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu. The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam Kanchipuram

Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple is known as: ‘Perumal Koil’.

Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple - Kanchipuram temples
Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

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This is one of the most sacred places for Vaishnavites. The fourth of the Divya Desams that completes this series is Melukote–which is known as Thirunarayanapuram.

Vaishnavites believe that visiting all four places without a break will guarantee one a place in paramapadam.

Shri Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple is temple dedicated to shiva and is the largest temple in city.

Located in the main town (city center) this temple is very important to the shivaities and also is one of the temple associated with the five element the panch bhota stalams and signifies earth (Prithvi Lingam)

Shri Ekambareswarar Temple - famous Kanchipuram temples

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Its gopuram, is 59 metres (194 ft) tall, making it one the tallest temple towers in India. The temple is one of five called Pancha Bhoota Stalams.

Shri Kailasanathar Temple

A very very famous Kanchipuram temples, Kailasanathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by the Pallavas.

It is one of the oldest Hindu temple in existence here and is declared an archaeological monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Kailasanathar Temple - famous Kanchipuram temples
Kailasanathar Temple

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Adi Sankara is closely associated with this temple and is believed to have established the Kanchi math after this temple

Interestingly, it was built in the 8th century by Pallava king Narasimhavarman II, who also built the Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram.

The main shrine has a 16 sided Shivalinga in black granite stone deified in the sanctum sanctorum. Within the walls of the main shrine there is main pedestal with very elegantly carved images of gods. Nandi as in all Shiva temples is giving guard to the deity.

On each face of the outer walls of the main shrine there are many carvings of deities.

It’s said that a secret tunnel, built by the kings, was used as an escape route & is still visible..

This is an ASI protected monument and a must visit temple if you are in Kanchi.

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

Another very very important center for worship in Kanchipuram, the temple is dedicated to Ma Parvathi and is worshiped here as Kamakshi Amman. There is three major Kamakshi temples, one in Madurai , the Meenakshi temple, the other one as Akhilandeshwari temple in Thieuvanakaval and this one. The temple was built during Pallavas period.

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

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Ma Kamaskhi Amman is seated in padmasana position in this temple which signifies peace and prosperity. This is the only Shakti temple is Kanchipuram. Spread over an area of around 5 acres, this temple is magnificent and must visit if you are in the city.

Shri Muktheeswarar Temple

Shri Muktheeswarar Temple
Shri Muktheeswarar Temple

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Another very old Shiva temple in Kanchipuram built during the times of Pallavas.

It is a small temple but with nice carvings dating back to Pallava period.

Very near to bus stand is often missed, but should be on your list if you are visiting the city.

The main deity here is Sri Muktheeswarar and Goddess Sri Dharmasamvardhani Ambaal.

It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams.

Sri Kumarakottam Temple

Another very famous temple in the city, dedicated to Muruga. This temple is located on main Raja Street and is between the Ekambareswarar temple and Kamakshi Amman temple.

Divya Stambha at Sri Kumarakottam temple
Divya Stambha at Sri Kumarakottam temple

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So the temple located to Lord Murga, who is son of Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati is located between the two temples, the Ekambareswarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Kamakshi Amman temple dedicated to Ma Parvathi. .

This temple is one of the major temples of city and an important religious destination.

Shri Chitragupta Swamy Temple

There are not many temples dedicated to Shri Chitragupta. The patron deity of all Kayasthas in India. The Sri Chitragupta Swamy Temple in Kanchipuram is one of them.

A very small but beautiful temple, maintained by ASI, this temple should be on your list if you are visiting the city. One of the must visit temples for all Kayasthas.

Shri Chitragupta Swamy Temple
Shri Chitragupta Swamy Temple

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This is one of the few temples in Kanchipuram which was buitl during Cholas period.

Shri Ashtabujakaram temple

Another important temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is believed to be built during the period of Pallavas. Located in the area of Vishnu Kanchi, the same place where Shri Varadaraja Perumal Temple is located. It is a small temple but a prominent Vishnu temple of the area.

Shri Ashtabujakaram temple
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Other important Information

The city is also popular as an important center for Buddhism and Jainism.

The original set of the Jina Kanchi institution Mutt was in Kanchipuram. There is twin jain temple in kanchipuram which is maintained by Tamil Nadu archaeological department. Trilokyanatha Temple is one such temple built during Pallavas time.

Buddhists institutions from Kanchipuram were instrumental in spreading Theravada Buddhism to the Mon people of Myanmar and Thailand


There is a lot to write about Kanchipuram. This place is one of the most important places for Hindus and is dotted with thousands of temples. The temples we have listed out are one of the most important ones if you are visiting the town.

Never miss an opportunity to visit Kanchipuram if you are visiting Tamilnadu. October to February is an ideal time to visit.

Have a blessed Darshan!

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Famous temples of Amritsar

Punjab or the land of five rivers, is a land of rich history and culture. If you want to experience it’s rich history and culture, a visit to temples in this region is a must. Amritsar is one of the most important cities of Punjab and is famous for the world famous Shri Golden Temple. But Amritsar has many other olders and historically important temples. In our Jorney to temple towns we take a look at Amritsar today. So friends lets look at some famous temples of Amritsar.

1. Golden temple

Counted in one of the most spiritual places in India, Golden Temple, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs. It is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib. The temple was orginally built in 1604 by 5th Sikh guru Arjan. The temple was destroyed several times by Afgan invaders. It was finally rebuilt by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, from pure marble and gold.

The prime focus in the premises is the tank, the Amrit Sarovar. The shrine lies on an island in the middle of the tank. The name Amritsar is derived from this Amrit Sarovar.

golden temple amritsar
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Golden temple is one of the most important religious destination and sikh pilgrimage center in the world.

Golden temple should be one of the must visit place on your list if you are visting Amritsar.

2. Mata Lal Devi Temple

Mata Lal Devi temple is one of the prominent and mystic temples in Amritsar. This temple is also popularly known as Seesh Mahal.

It is said that, women across country visit this temple seeking blessings for child. The temple is dedicated to the femail saint Mata Lala Devi. It is also said that the temple is a miniature version of Mata Vaishnav Devi in Jammu and Kashmir.

lal devi mandir amritsar

Address: 61/62, Model Town, Rani Ka Bagh, Mohindra Colony, Amritsar, Punjab 143001

The temple is decorated with lot of mirrors and lamps. The idols of dieties are placed in main courtyard and temple has artifact and paintings of sant mata lal devi. The atmosphere in this temple is carnival like and makes it a worth visit.

3. Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar

Durgiana temple Amritsar, is also known as Shri Lakshmi Naryan temple is one of the promient temples of Amrtisar. The temple architecture is similar to Shri Golden Temple.

The temple derives its name from goddess Durga who is worshipped here, but there are also idols of goddess Lakshi amd Vishnu and hence also the name Shri Lakshmi Narayan temple

Durgania temple Amritsar
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Address: Hathi Gate, Goal Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab 143001

The oroginal temple was built around 16th century and the this place is said to be associated to the time of our great epic Ramayana. It is said the courtyard of this temple has a tree where Luv and Kush bound Lord Hanuman after they have captured the Ashwamedha Yagna horse.

4. Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai

Just a short walk from Shri Harmindar Sahib like Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai which is one of the finest Architecture marvels of Amritsar.

gurudwara baba atal rai
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It is a 33 meter high octagonal tower located towards the south eastern side of Golden Temple. This religious site was built between the year 1778 and 1784, representing the nine years of Baba Atal’s life. He was the son of Guru Hargobind Sahib, who is the sixth Sikh Guru and had his Samadhi in this place.

Also read: Temple town Jammu

5. Shri Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple

Shri Mukteshwar Mahadev is basically a cave temple. This temple is located at the banks of river Ravi. The temple as the name suggests is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also has the idols of Lord Ganesha, Ma parvati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman etc.

It is said that this temple exists from the time of Mahabharat and as per legend, Pandavas spent some time here during their exile and worshipped here.

The cave and the temple is carved on one of the rocky hill and temple is at the hill top. The shivalingam is made up of white marble and the temple also has the idols of other gods.

6. Gurudwara Mata Kaulan

Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is a sacred sikh shrine located near golden temple. The temple is named after Bibi Kaulan who was a holy lady born as a muslim girl who later became a faithful desciple of Guru Har Gobind.

A siant named Mia Mir, brought her to Amritsar where she spent rest of her life dedicated to Sri Guru Har Gobind Ji , performing her religious duties.

Address: Near Golden Temple, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143001

gurudwara mata kaulan

Her melodious Kirtans which she used to sing are still played in the Gurudwara. Mata Kaulan gurudwara is one of the most important religious places in Amritsar and a must visit during your trip there.

So friends these are the temples which are must visit if you are travelling to Amritsar. But there are many other temples which should also be part of your list if you have some more time and these are

  • ISCKON temple Amritsar
  • Bada Hanuman Mandir: This temple is close to Durgania mandir and is at walkable distance. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman
  • Ma Bhadrakali Mandir: This temple is dedicated to Ma Kali and is an ancient temple in Amritsar
  • Bhaiyan da shivala Mandir: A popular Shiva temple in the region
  • Valmiki temple or Ram tirath: Another prominent temple at the outskirts of Amritsar.

So friends, do visit these temples if you are planning to visit Amritsar. If have already visited or live the Amritsar do share your feedback / inputs for the benefit of other fellow religious travellers!

Jai Mata ki!

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Temple town Jammu – famous temples in Jammu

Friends, today we introduce a new series on our blog. In these posts we will talk about various towns in our country which are well known as temple towns. Today lets talk about famous temples in Jammu.

So friends we start our this series by knowing more about Jammu, which is our first temple town post.

Situated on the banks of river Tavi, Jammu is at the foot hills of Himalayas, but we all know it is famous for one of the most revered temple, the temple of Ma Vaishnov Devi.

Jammu is the base camp of this holy Shrine of Hindus. But very few of us know that Jammu is a town of many important and beautiful temples. It is believed that Jammu was established by the king Jamboo Lochan in the 14th century BC.

Famous temples in Jammu.

Mata Vaishnov Devi Temple

The shrine of Ma Vaishnov Devi is one of the most visited shrine in the country. The temple is dedicated to Ma Vaishnov devi, a manisfestation of mother goddess. She is also fondly called as Mata Rani. The temple is situated near the town of Katra which is in Udhampur district.

The temple of Mata Rani is visited by more than 1 crore people every year and hence it is one of the most visited temple in Jammu and India.

MA VAISHNOV DEVI

But the city of Jammu also has many temples which are historically important and are must visit.

Let’s look at some of the other important temples of Jammu

Bave Wali Mata ( Ma Mahakali)

This temple is situated in the Bahu Fort complex. Bahu fort is situated at the left bank of river Tavi. This fort is probably the oldest fort constructed originally by Raja Bahulochan and is said to be more than 3000 years old. The temple is inside this fort and is dedicated to goddess Kali also know has Bave wali mata.

Bavw Wali Mata is the presiding diety of Jammu and is a must visit if you plan to visit Jammu.

Tuesdays and Sundays are special days here for Pooja.

Raghunath Temple:

It is another prominent temple of Jammu. Situated right at the heart of the city, the temple complex consists of seven hindu shrines. It is more than 140 year old temple. It is said that temple construction was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of Jammu and Kashmir in the year 1835 AD and was completed by Maharaja Ranbir singh in `1860 AD.

The main temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and other gods and goddesses of the epic Ramayana.

Ranbireshwar Temple

This is a well known Shiva temple of Jammu. The temple is unique that there are 12 Shiva Lingams here measuring 12 to 18 inches. And there are galleries with thousands of Shaligram fixed on the stone slabs.

Panchbhaktar temple

Panchbhaktar (five faces) temple is one of the oldest Shiva temple in Jammu. It is said that Shri Adi Shankracharya has visited this temple and worshipped here. What makes this temple further unique is that, it said that the lingam in this temple is self manisfested. The temple is also connected to Shri Amarnath Yatra. It is said that in the olden days, people going to Shri Amarnath ji used to camp here.

Peer Kho Cave temple

Another temple related to Ramayana times. I is said that the famous Ramayan charater, Jamwant used to meditate in this cave. This is also a well know Shiva temple on the banks of river Tavi.

There are many other well known temple in Jammu. If you have time you can plan to visit them as well.

  • Mahamaya temple
  • Lakshmi Narayan temple
  • Dudha Dari temple
  • Panj Mandir
  • Har ki Podi

So freinds do visit Jammu and these temples and do write back you experience.

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