Orchha celebrates the wedding of their King – Raja Ram. Yes the God is revered not as deity but the king in this hidden town of Bundelkhand in Madhya Pradesh India. To mark the celebration of Raja Ram’s wedding; the entire town of Orchha is decorated beautifully like a new bride. Bathed in the glory of lights and colours, the temple of Raja Ram is a sight to behold. There will be a series of wedding ceremonies in the temple complex which includes rituals like worship of ancestral gods, the temple’s kitchen where the entire offerings and Prasad will be prepared, preparations of decorating Raja Ram idol etc.
Orchha’s people’s adorable Prabhu Shriram Janaki‘s wedding ceremonies have started from November 19th. Like every year, this time also the Shriram Janaki Wedding Festival will be celebrated with Bundeli rituals. There will be a bhandaara where thousands of devotees will get to eat the Prasad at temple. Today i.e. on 22nd November, there will be various rituals at the temple followed by Baraat at 07.00 pm on 23rd November 2017. To witness the vibrant rituals and ceremonial functions, there will be a large number of devotees from across the country, including the Bundelkhand region, to participate in the wedding of Raja Ram.
The wedding ceremonies are observed with great joy and gaiety. A long ceremonial procession of Raja Ram towards Janaki Nagari will carried out from the Ram Raja Temple. The procession includes huge number of decorated chariots, carts with their traditional adornments, beautifully decorated dancing horses. A group of music bands, dancers and the royal staff of the temple will walk through the main streets of Orchha. The main attraction of the wedding function is the decorated chariots which are designed on the themes of different scenes from history.
The villagers from the nearby villages, city residents and foreign tourists come every year to watch this spectacular wedding of Raja Ram in Orchha.
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Intriguing legends around royal families are always infused with romance and grandeur and here in Orchha is our own Salim Anarkali story, although this is no tragedy. The romance between a courtesan of Orchha – Rai Praveen and the king of Bundelkhand Indrajit became lore in the poems of poet Keshav Das. An often heard tale narrates how the more powerful ruler Akbar wanted her in his harem against the wishes of the king. But the courtesan with all her wit spoke her way out of Akbar’s heart that he sent her back to Orchha safe. It is believed that she apparently thwarted the Mughal emperor by saying, “It’s only a royal servant or a dog or a crow, who would like to eat something that has already been polluted by another.” Touched by her loyalty towards her paramour, Akbar decided to restore Rai Parveen to Orchha with both her dignity and that of her kingdom intact. The palace was built by emperor Akbar, is now a fitting memorial to this lady.
Rai Praveen Mahal is an exemplary citadel of wonderful architecture encompassed by nature’s beauty. A lush garden, with shrubs and flowerbeds pruned in very many artistic shapes, surrounds the palace. Since the palace was built in honor of the ‘Nightingale of Orchha’, Rai Praveen, its second floor is resplendent with scenes of Nritya Mudra, the poses and postures of Indian dance.
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The fort also has a cannon foundry which kept a vigil round the clock, guarding against any exterior threat from the enemies of Orchha.
The Rai Praveen Mahal is beautifully maintained for tourism purpose in Orchha. Palace’s exterior and interior both is truly commendable. Moreover, the tourists can enjoy the scenic beauty of the area surrounding the Palace from the roof as well as upper floors. Rai Praveen Mahal is a key monument of 16th Century, which also offers a visual treat of fascinating architecture and paintings to the visitors. One of the edges of Rai Praveen Mahal also offers to gaze at the stunning view of River Betwa.
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