Festivals and Celebrations


Holi is the most awaited Indian festival celebrated throughout the country with lots of zest and enthusiasm. Revelry is no less in Madhya Pradesh and same level of enthusiasm can be seen among the citizens of this state as in the rest of North. Of particular significance the festivity of Holi is rather special in Bundelkhand! The fervor of colours and merrymaking remains continuously for five days at Ram Raja Temple. The last day is called Panchami Holi. The tradition has its historic roots. It is said that the Maratha Holkars who conquered the state brought with them Marathi tradition of Rangpanchami- where the colours are played on the fifth day.


The market near Ram Raja Temple in Orchha is already brimming with colors and enthusiasm of Holi which will fall on Sunday, 12th March- Holika Dahan, Monday 13th March Dhulandi and Friday 17th March, 2017 !!



Holi is celebrated in Amar Mahal, Orchha in a beautiful way by spreading the colors of music in the atmosphere. It is celebrated with singing the special songs of Holi, savoring local delicacies and drinking an invigorating drink.


We at Amar Mahal are on the forefront in celebrating the festival Holi. This year a safe Holi will be played at the palace, with water, colors, gulaal and a lot more!  What makes Holi so unique and special at Amar Mahal, Orchha other than playing with colours is the spirit of it, which remains the same throughout the town and even among the tourists who come to Orchha from across the globe to particularly see the festivities of Holi.

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So what are you waiting for? Come down to Amar Mahal Orchha to revel in the riot of colors and exciting festivities of Holi on 13th March 2017!

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Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

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Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great fervour all over India with different names and forms. It is considered as the most auspicious day by the Hindus. Makar Sankranti in the central region of India, Madhya Pradesh and Bundelkhand is known as “SUKARAT” or “SAKARAT”.

The Monk sitting on the bank of River Betwa in Orchha Huge Cenotaphs

The auspicious festival marks the day when the sun begins its northward journey and enters the sign of Makar (the Capricorn) from the Tropic of Cancer . In other words, the sun moves from Dakshinayana (south) to Uttarayana (north). The day falls on the 14th of January every year according to the Solar Calendar.

A religious procession crossing the bridge over River Betwa

A religious procession crossing the bridge over River Betwa

On this day people of Orchha take a holy dip into river Betwa and worship the Sun God of Hindus. The locals also believe that donating food, clothes and monetary fund brings more blessings into life.

Special festive delicacies like Jaggery sweets, Til Laddoo, Sweet Chikkis are prepared to enjoy the festivities with friends and family.

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To enjoy the festivities of Sakrat from close you can rive down to Orchha and stay with us at Amar Mahal Orchha!!

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Amar Mahal Orchha

Orchha, District Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh- INDIA





Over the centuries, a rich and diverse tradition of song and dance emerged across the Bundelkhand region. On the International Dance day today, let us introduce you to the various lively dance forms of Bundelkhand.

Several local cults exist in this region independent of mainstream Hindu religious tradition. Bundeli Culture has many dimensions in the form of Folk Dances, Folk Songs, Folk Arts, Musical Instruments and many Festivals and celebrations giving opportunity to artists to demonstrate their performance. Few of the features of Bundelkhandi Dances are mentioned below.

1. Diwari : This dance in Bundelkhand is performed every year during the festival of light Diwali/Deepawali in the end of October or first week of November according to lunar calendar. In this connection the epic story goes that “in Gokul” when Lord Krishna raised Goverdhan Parvat on his finger to save the local people, they danced in joy. The dancers wear multi-coloured apparels and the chief dancer holds the peacock feathers in his hands and the rest stick those feathers in their half pants. The main instruments used in this dance are ‘Dholak’ and ‘Nagaria’ (both being a form of drums). The male dancers with long sticks show the marshal arts when the beats of drums inspire their energy and emotions. This dance is also performed as a ‘thanks giving’ after harvesting.


2. Ravala : Ravala dance in Bundelkhand is basically a dance drama. The farm labour community of Bundelkhand performs Ravala during marriages. It is performed with very funny expressions and humorous dialogues. The audiences are entertained by these expressions of dance and the dialogues of drama.

3. Badhaiya : Badhaiya is a ceremonial dance. It is performed on child birth, marriages or any other get together to celebrate happiness and joy. The collective moments of dancers show the unique expressions of their faces. With rhythm and movements they greet for the occasion.


4. Raai : Through the centuries Raai has been the folk dance which has touched its peak as a classical dance. Later, Raai degenerated its aesthetical value and lost its classical expression. Today it remains simply as a folk dance. Raai means a mustard seed. When a mustard seed is thrown into a saucer, the seed starts to swings around. This way mustard seed moves in the saucer, the dancers also swings and when the singers sing the lyrics of the song the dancers follow the beats with foot steps. It is a duet and the competition is between the beats of the drum and foot steps of the dancer. The drummer and the dancer try to win each other and this competition leads towards the bliss.


5. Horse Dance: It is a ceremonial dance performed by a trained horse with the loud beats of heave drums called Rabbi. With graceful movements, the horse follows beats of the drum with its four steps and the horse rider performs the gymnastics gestures. Typically horse dance follows the ceremonial marriage processions.


6. Pahunai : This song and dance is performed to welcome the guests in particular.


Photo Courtesy Mr. Yogesh Sarkar

For an unforgettable experience of Bundelkhandi dance and music with the ultimate regal hospitality amidst  the modern luxuries. For unmatched gala evenings, feel free to contact


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

Celebrate the year-end in the comforts of Amar Mahal-Orchha effortlessly luxurious rooms and suites complemented with the very delectable cuisines of Bundelkhand, and the continental. 

Rani Mahal

Here in the town of cenotaphs , you can explore a host of entertainment and the festive wonderland in Orchha and be mesmerized by the synchronized light up of Christmas decorations when you steal a kiss under the sparkling tree.

Book a room or suite at Amar mahal Orchha at the wonderful festival rates.

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

navratri Pooja

Navratri festival is celebrated with great fervor across India, especially in Gujrat and Rajasthan, but there is a region in central India called Bundel khand where the significance of this festival is a little different and sacred. For the agrarian community who inhabit the central Indian region known as Bundelkhand, the Navratri festival is the time to raise the hope high.

To propitiate the goddess, the people build ‘Ghatts’ which are earthen pots stuffed with a local variety of grass. These ghatts are placed at locations in the village considered holy – in the vicinity of the temple, under the banyan tree, in the courtyards of the houses etc. They are allowed to remain there for nine days of the festival and on the ninth night, are set afloat in the nearby ponds, lakes or rivers.


While the most religious and zealous tend to undergo grueling tasks like fasting for nine days or crawling on their knees across the entire village, most believe that the best way to propitiate the goddess to is through song and dance.

Every night, the people gather in the community space. The nagara and the dholak (drums) are out. Folk songs ring through the air. Everybody dances till they can’t dance anymore. It’s almost like a fever in the air of bundelkhand. You can observe the locals and visitors filled with a never-before and never-after wave of hope and joy while dancing and making merry. The nine days of Navratri are some of the best festivals to be attended in the colorful region of Bundelkhand.

At Amar Mahal Orchha, we organize special dance and cultural evenings for our guests and offer delicious cuisines and desserts of the Navratri Festival.

For more information

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