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Cenotaphs or better known as Chhatris inIndia!! The simple, yet elegant canopies that served as pavilions,  galleries, design elements in building architecture and also as memorials for the dead. It is perhaps the placement of cenotaphs (chhatris) in relation to each other and within the context of a larger building that makes them appear grand and beautiful, than as stand alone elements. The rising chhatris in the corners of palaces and a series of them in the pathways are perhaps the most standard placements seen in the ancient buildings. When built as memorials, they stand out independently and often in randomly built clusters.

“Chhatris are elevated, dome-shaped pavilions used as an element in Indian architecture. Chhatris are commonly used to depict the elements of pride and honor in the Rajput architecture of Rajasthan. They are widely used, in palaces, in forts, or to demarcate funerary sites. Originating in Rajasthani architecture where they were memorials for kings and royalty, they were later adapted as a standard feature in most heritage buildings in India, and most importantly in Mughal architecture. They are today seen on its finest monuments, Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra and more famously in Orchha, the hidden town of Madhya Pradesh. Chhatris are basic element of Hindu as well as Mughal architecture.”

The royal enclosures at Orchha had a generous dose of chhatris decorating the buildings. The cenotaphs of Orchha’s kings, although much different to the canopy-like chhatris we see in Rajasthan, are a delight to see, with their giant sizes and their great location. Most of the tourists’ visit to Orchha, which begins out of curiosity, get extended for more than the planned days with much of it spent admiring the magnanimous chhatris. Here is a set of images of huge and massive Chhatris in Orchha

The above photographs are of the royal enclosures and the royal cenotaphs in Orchha.

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Built during the early 18th century, long after Orchha’s demise, the Sheesh Mahal “Palace of Mirrors” was originally intended as an exclusive country retreat for the local Raja, Udait Singh. Following India’s independence the property was inherited by the state government. The low, rather squat palace stands between the Raj Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal, at the far end of an open-sided courtyard.

Covered in whitewash and stripped of most of its Persian rugs and antiques, the building retains little of its former splendor, though it does offer stunning views from its upper terraces and turrets. The Sheesh Mahal, Orchha is now counted amongst the heritage hotels of state because of its royal past.

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Vir Singh Deo ji of Orchha ordered the construction of  Laxmi Narayan Temple around 1622, but due to inadequate maintenance over the years the temple soon began to fall apart and had to be reconstructed by Prithvi Singh in 1793. The temple is worth seeing because it has been built using a mixture of temple and fort architecture. Built for Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, inner chambers were built for pilgrims to offer sacrifices to the Goddess. Strangely and unlike the majority of temples, there is no idol of the Goddess kept there.

Laxmi Narayan Temple in Orchha exhibits a unique style of architecture, which is a beautiful mix of a fort and a temple moulds. The walls of this charming shrine are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings, which show pulsating compositions from mythological themes. This temple also houses the very famous post mutiny paintings.

There is a flagstone path that connects Laxmi Narayan Temple with Ram Raja Temple, another important structure of this delightful shrine. The temple along with its exquisite paintings presents an enthralling feeling and is a worthy to visit.

Amar Mahal over looking orchha temples and cenotaphs.

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Located very prettily in the splendid fort complex, the Rani Mahal of Orchha is known well for the astounding architecture it has to boast about.  Besides this, the lovely paintings of the mahal are simply mesmerizing too.

The mahal also means the queen quarters. It was the royal chamber for the wife of Raja Madhukar Singh. He was greatly dedicated to Lord Rama and thus he decorated the rooms of the queen’s chamber with murals that depicted scenes from the great epics like Ramayana. The ceilings as well as walls both have beautiful paintings all over them.

Now, these days, this mahal has been converted into a museum. This museum thus exhibit paintings that were made in ninth and twelfth century. Also there are various sculptures that are another claim to fame for the museum. One of the most amazing things about this palace is that one can have a breathtaking view of the Betwa River from inside.

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Adjacent to Ram Raja Temple lays a central row of fountains which culminate in an eight pillared pavilion. A subterranean structure below was the cool summer retreat of the Orchha Kings. The Tehkhana was kept cooled by a cleverly constructed Persian cooling unit. This unit was made up of two towers or Dastagirs (two adjoining wind-catching towers) called the Sawan Bhado (names of two spring months in local Indian calendar) pillars built close by. The towers were perforated on the top such that they could catch the wind, while the lower part of the towers was connected to a reservoir of water. The towers, the water distribution system (aqueducts), and the underground reservoir of water were ingeniously connected to a Chandan Katora or fountain in the pavilion above the retreat. The water from the underground reservoir was pushed up into the Chandan Katora and fell like a fountain onto the roof of the retreat thus keeping the Thakhana very cool. They are perhaps the only example of the Persian system of cooling in India.

And somewhere it’s a tremendous feel good factor after seeing this architectural marvel that the small town Orchha is endowed with such rich heritage and culture.

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A lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds pruned in very many artistic shapes, surrounds the palace. Quite obviously; the art of topiary has been in existence in Orchha for centuries. The Mahal was built in honor of the ‘Nightingale of Orchha’, Rai Praveen, and the second floor is resplendent with scenes of Nritya Mudra, the poses and postures of Indian dance.

Rai Praveen was as well identified for her charming beauty as for her poetry and music. The paramour of Indrajit Singh, in whose court she performed, her fame inevitably spread far and wide and finally reached the Imperial Court of Akbar. The Mughal emperor was smitten by her, and he arrogantly summoned her to his durbar. Indrajit Singh, Rai Parveen’s paramour, was too weak-kneed a ruler to defy the Imperial summons.  Touched by her loyalty, Akbar decided to restore her to Orchha with both her dignity and that of her kingdom intact. The palace is now a fitting memorial to this lady.

The fort also houses a Tope Khana (cannon foundry) which kept a vigil around the clock, guarding against any exterior threat from the enemies of Orchha. Visit the magnificent Rai Parveen Mahal personally and get mesmerized by the terrific legend associated with the Mahal.

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

Bazaars in Orchha provide the major sources of recreation to the innumerable tourists who come from various parts of the world to visit the city. The Bazaars in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh have a distinctive trait that is a characteristic feature of most of the traditional Bazaars inIndia. Some of these features are the hustle and bustle in the area, the hawking calls of the shop owners to attract the attention of the tourists, and of course, the bargaining of the customers.

Now, we come to the point of mentioning the essential article that you may come across in the Bazaars of Orchha. The Dokhra handicraft, which is very unique in itself. This ancient tribal art form was originated and developed by the tribal community of a remote village called UshaGham in the district of Adilabad and now very much popular in the bazaars of Orchha. The metal works of Dokra, objects of wrought iron, and other gift items such as mementos, souvenirs, and showpieces are prominently found in the bazaars of Orchha. One can have a clear glimpse of the tribal culture and tradition in this art form. Mostly animal and bird replicas; figurettes of Gods and Goddesses are made. Extensive intricate designing on the artifact makes it to be an object to be possessed.

The peculiarity of this art form is that no two artifacts resemble each other; every minute aspect is finished with perfection. It is so intricately ornamented; it attracts the attention of the beholder. This art form is also being used in the ornamentation of the doors and windows and is widely used in interior decoration to create an ethnic ambience.

Thus, the Dokhra art  spread across the Baazars in Orchha will definitely grab your attention and fulfill almost all your shopping needs.

The city of Orchha is well connected with the various cities of Madhya Pradesh like Jhansi,Gwalior and Khajuraho by a network of roads from Jhansi. The city can also be ventured by railway to Jhansi and by airway to Khajuraho.

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Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
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