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The splendid town of Orchha is blessed with plethora of archaeological attractions where each temple, ruin, palace and cenotaph narrates intriguing legends and majestic historical tales. But the weather of Orchha is another thing that delights its dwellers and tourists alike. People of Orchha have a special place for Saawan in their hearts as the entire month is full of activities. The month long festivities of Saawan offer every day celebration in the town. Besides sprinkles of rain, here’s one more reason why Saawan is splendid in Orchha.  Saawan Bhado- the natural air coolers of Orchha, which are the blissful retreat in Saawan.

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These strategically constructed pillars keep the area around them cool and refreshing like that of spring in summer. In the month of Saawan, these pillars and their surrounding garden, “Phool Bagh” are flanked by locals and tourists alike to enjoy picnics and the bliss of Saawan under these cooling towers in the garden. Women and children of the house visit the Phool Bagh to rejoice in the weather and festivities with delicious food and sweets. Swings are hanged on trees, religious songs are sung by the women folk of Orchha.

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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. They are perhaps the only example of the Persian system of cooling in India.

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The Phool Bagh, on the other hand, is a laid garden of Orchha and carries the testimony of the highly polished aesthetic sagacity of the Bundelas, who used to rule this small palace. The variety of trees and abundant greenery serve as a perfect base to enjoy the festivities of Saawan in Orchha.

Happy Saawan to you  🙂

Amar Mahal  
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,  
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA  
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202  
Fax : +917680-252203  
email : reservation@amarmahal.com  
amarmahal@bsnl.in  

 

 

 

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Orchha’s awe inspiring saga is told and re told in different eras with grandeur and enthusiasm. The cenotaph town has much more than what has been shared since centuries. If we talk about Ram Raja Temple and Chaturbhuj temple of Orchha, their marvelous architecture and intriguing story will amaze you.

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Although at first glance, the Ram Raja temple across the road from the Orchha fort complex appears a bit disappointing, with its plain, yellow and white painted facade but the interior is breathtaking. And, there is a charming legend attached to it which is more enticing. While King Madhukar Shah was a worshiper of Lord Krishna, his queen believed in Rama. Their devotional clash culminated in the king demanding that the queen go to Ayodhya and return with her preferred deity in tow. Touched by her plight, Lord Rama in reality appeared to her and agreed to visit Orchha in the form of an infant, but put forth the condition that he would remain in the spot where he was first set down. The king was in hurry to build a grand temple to enshrine the deity, and hence the Chaturbhuj temple, next to the Ram Raja temple was constructed.

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The massive citadel looks like a fortress with soaring spires and palatial architecture. It’s interior architecture represents a grand hall with a high-vaulted ceiling. Chaturbhuj temple is built upon a towering stone platform and reached by a steep flight of steps.

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When the queen arrived in  Orchha, she took a halt in her palace before proceeding towards the temple. Stopping at the royal kitchens next door, she set down the little infant, and true to his word this is where the avatar of Lord Rama established himself, refusing to be moved.

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Thus, the former kitchen turned into the Ram Raja temple, while the Chaturbhuj Temple now houses deities of Radha Shyam. Even today, the Ram Raja temple is the focal point of the town. Here, Lord Rama is worshiped as a king and not as a God. In the evening, Orchha reverberates with the peal of the temple’s bells. Townsfolk gather in the temple premises, under a chhatri or the leafy canopy of a tree, to sing devotional songs.

Market near Raja Ram Temple

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View through Chaar Baag

Orchha- the serene medieval town of Madhya Pradesh – is a mesmeric holiday destination ‘far from the city crowd. The peaceful ambiances and the soothing air in Orchha have turned it into a refreshing retreat for those who seek peace of mind and tranquility.

“Yogasan has never been such a deep devoutness”

Lately Orchha is shining out as a preferred Meditation hot spot for yoga enthusiasts!! You wouldn’t be able to stop admiring the artistry and nature intensifying the backdrop of asanas in this set of images we clicked yesterday.  

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A sleepy hidden town with barely there dodging traffic, no outstretched hands of beggars and the insistence of shopkeepers definitely is a perfect destination to take in the best milieu of nature.

You will feel the difference when you are in this serene destination to enjoy the true benefits of Yoga. On the World Yoga Day today,  you may determine to drive down to Orchha and make your soul meet with your inner self in a peaceful ambiance. Add this to your bucket list!

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Indulge in the magnificence of the surprisingly beautiful Orchha while rejuvenating your mind body and soul with your yoga asanas at Amar Mahal Orchha. 

To visit the incredible town of Orchha you can contact us at

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

Every time we hear the word World Environment we think of nature and green surroundings. But in World Environment, our health is also counted. We think of eating healthy and fresh, but here we are losing. Isn’t it? The key is to cook tempting and delicious food that also happens to be healthy.  Here at Amar Mahal, we strive every day to fulfill the health related needs of our guests.  Our staff has an enormous fondness for delicious food, and that fondness inspire our chefs to cook tempting, delicious and healthy food.

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We emphasize on planting more and more trees- that helps us in contributing our bit to save our environment and planet earth. Besides, the Fresh produce from our organic garden also plays an important role in the refreshing menus of our restaurant at Amar Mahal Orchha as our chefs firmly believe that the quality of food we serve comes from the freshness of its ingredients. Fresh fruit picked in the morning may be used for lunch, and chefs can often be found picking herbs. Of the different varieties of vegetables grown, most are picked whilst young and tender. Our Organic Garden gives the perfect produces to our chefs to pick and serve delicious fresh food to us as well as our guests.

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Our expanded assortment of planting also changes with the season, but are also in line with our menu requirements, ensuring that our own produce is a fundamental part of the food we eat and serve to our guests.

To enjoy the delicious and healthy food from the princely comforts and natural ambiances, plan a trip to Amar Mahal !!

Orchha, District Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh- INDIA

Tel:+917680252102,252202

email: reservation@amarmahal.com

 amarmahal@bsnl.in

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Summer heat is at it’s worst best here and so are the vacations. It’s time now to plan for the summer vacations at a place dear to you and your kids. Confined to the central region, high and massive architecture, flora and fauna and the absolute stunning ideal location in Madhya Pradesh’s tiny town Orchha provide the perfect setting for holidaying with your family. The river Betwa in particular offers an adventurous spot for the water sports like rafting and kayaking.

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The challenge of a turbulent current is no less than that of the rough landscapes. Nestled in the lap of lush greenery and massive cenotaphs, Orchha’s mighty river Betwa swift right from the Vindhya Range and empties itself into the Yamuna. The river is wide and its placid flow is intermittently broken by Grade I to Grade II rapids and gives another reason to adventure lovers to experience world’s most lovable water adventure. Kayaking in the calm water of River Betwa is such an experience which actually makes a traveler feel as if it’s some amazing series.

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River always seems a magic thing. A magic, moving and living part of the very earth itself…. Pump up your adventurous genes and experience the fun of kayaking during your visit to the beautiful town of Orchha!!

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For an unforgettable experience of adventurous water rafting, kayaking, magnificent architecture, regal hospitality and the beauty of nature, feel free to contact

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : + 917680252102, 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

http://www.amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

Orchha is the hidden town of Madhya Pradesh that narrates the grandeur of imposing monuments towering over it. There are fascinating moments and views at River Betwa, and then we are intrigued by Orchha’s history and the interesting personages who left tremendous footprints in the form of striking architecture and impressive paintings.

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Orchha and its marvelous structures predominantly possess impregnable paintings with the relic of bygone era waiting to be heard.  The Laxmi Temple in Orchha is one such citadel which was built in a mix of temple and fort architecture. The most fetching thing about this temple is the paintings on its walls and ceilings inside. These paintings are dated back to medieval era of India, hence you can see paintings of Hindu deities- the focus is mainly on scenes from Ramayana and Krishna leela.

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Laxmi Temple’s interior undoubtedly contains the most exquisite of Orchha’s, wall paintings covering the walls and ceiling of three halls, these murals are vibrant compositions.  The Laxmi Temple also shows another group of interesting paintings from history mainly painted during the British era during the first battle of Independence in 1857. There are paintings showing fights between the British and local forces.

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Krishna Leela: Krishna is playing flute and Gopis are mesmerized

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Procession of Sun God

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The King’s procession for a ceremonial function

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Scene from history- Left wall depicts King’s army, King on the elephant in center ceiling, the painting of fort on right hand side.

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The British Army at the battle field

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The local Army of India at the battle field

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A scene when Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya visit goddess Lakshmi

Apart from the vibrant canvas, there are these scratch paintings, which form a different section of art in the temple. The walls are painted in brown and then beautiful drawings are conceived by scratching off this paint with mural paintings.

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Laxmi Temple through its impressive architecture and awe inspiring paintings exhibits a unique treat to eyes, which is not to be missed when in Orchha.

Some Important Facts about Laxmi Temple of Orchha

Laxmi Temple is one such temple where there is no idol but what pulls everyone here is the calm ambiance and the wall paintings inside.

All paintings in Laxmi Temple are done with natural colors.

There are few paintings which can be easily related to Bundi Style adorning the wall of Chitrashala at Ghar Palace in Bundi, Rajasthan.

Laxmi Temple is wrongly termed as Laxmi Narayan Temple on internet. The Temple is only dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Vir Singh Deo ji of Orchha ordered the construction of  Laxmi  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.

 

Amar Mahal

Orchha, District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : + 917680252102 , 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

 

 

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Holi is an exciting festival and playing with colours on this festival might be super fun, but it turns out quite taxing on the skin after all the play owing to the harmful chemicals present in toxic colours.

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Our exquisite and refreshing Spa at Amar Mahal Orchha comes to your rescue, which gives you some amazing remedies to cleanse, refresh and rejuvenate your skin as well as body after a colourful crazy weekend of Holi. Try our specially curate and designed body and face cleansing therapies along with the hot oil hair massage by the expert duo masseurs from Kerala. They’ll rejuvenate your senses with the magic of Ayurveda from Kerala, and exfoliate the skin cells.

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These expert Kerala Ayurvedic masseurs will help you get your skin and hair back into its usual glowing, healthy self.

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After a day of colourful battles comes exhaustion, and full bodies massage pumps up your blood and helps your muscles relax. The oils used in the massage also help in nourishing the skin.

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So, wait no more, book a visit and pamper yourself with an amazing variety of spa treatments at Amar Mahal Orchha!

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Amar Mahal Orchha

District Tikamgarh,

Madhya Pradesh – INDIA

Tel : + 917680252102, 252202

Fax : +917680-252203

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

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