Orchha! The History Untold!!

Orchha, is a fascinating village on the banks of river Betwa, a prominent river system in the Bundelkhand region Orchha use to be main center and capital of the mighty Bundela dynasty during 15-16th century. The Orchha fort, pretty huge with amazing architecture and views primarily contains, Jahangir Mahal, Bundela king of Orchha built to welcome and honor his friend, Jahangir (Salim), the Mughal prince after he became the emperor, following Akbar. Jahangir Mahal, is a fine example of perfect symmetry.  It provides a breathtaking view of the river side and the cenotaphs (chattris). There are various fine paintings on walls and ceilings using vegetable colors.

Next to Jahangir Mahal, is the Raj Mahal (King and Queen’s Palaces). These have some fine paintings of Hindu Gods, including Lord Vishnu and His 9 avatars, exquisitely done on the ceilings of the halls inside the palace.

It is said that the Queen of Orchha was a big devotee of lord Ram, and she insisted her Husband to invite Lord Ram from Ayodhya to Orchha. She built a hugeChaturbhujTemplein His honor. The temple was built in such a manner that the queen could see Lord from her palace’s window. But before agreeing to move to Orchha, there was a condition that Lord Ram had, that he would remain in the place where he would be first brought. When Queen reached Orchha, the Chaturbhuj temple was still under finishing touches…so she requested Lord Ram to be placed in the Palace next to the temple, later when they tried to move the idols, it was impossible to move. As a result the palace became the residence of lord Rama and is currently known as famousRamRajaTemple. Also, this is the only temple (in a shape of a palace) inIndiawhere lord Ram is worshipped as a King.

 

The Chaturbhuj Templeis like a beacon in Orchha. In the small town that stretches no more than a kilometer from end to end, the unusually tall temple can be seen from every corner. The four hundred year old temple is nearly eight stories high, in a place where contemporary buildings rarely raise higher than one level. But the ancient Orchha is large and tall with several of its structures rising to four or five levels. There is much more to Orchha that keeps you from heading further.

Today! This little village under deep slumber has wonderfully preserved the spirit of its illustrious past. Adorned with splendid temples, cenotaphs, striking forts, chhatris, the capital of the Bundela Kingdom breathes history in every detail.

Those who are not fascinated by history, the medieval city do not disappoint them either. Surrounded by thick Dhak forest where every dawn is embraced by chirping of birds, where the scenic water body adds to the picturesque environ, the place appears like a sweet reverie. One cannot stop getting drowned in the melodious rhythm of river Betwa.

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Orchha is a weekend getaway fromDelhi,Kanpur and Bhopal or visited as a part of Itinerary along with heritage circuit of Agra,Gwalior and Khajuraho.

For Bookings and other details please contact :

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
Fax : +917680-252203

 

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