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One of the most sought after festivals in India – Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout different communities in the Indian Diaspora. Regarded as the “festival of lights, Diwali is five-day celebrations beginning from tomorrow i.e. Tuesday October 17 till Saturday, October  21, 2017 wherein families get together, friends indulge in merry-making, light lamps and diyas as well as gorge on sweet delicacies.

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There are, however, two kinds of people who mark Diwali according to their liking; the ones who are grossed in the festivities and others who fret over the constant noise of the fireworks and fly away.

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If you belong to any of these two categories then read on as we have a quick getaway that will ensure complete bliss of Diwali festivities as well as peace of mind amid nature’s beauty for all 5-6 days. Orchha- the land of Raja Ram is one of the finest holiday destinations in India which is hidden from the tourist crowd as of now.  Come and celebrate the festival of Diwali in Orchha where the temples and monuments are decorated beautifully and the people celebrate the festival in their own way.

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Besides, Diwali is not just about lighting candles, fireworks and merry making but also rediscovering your inner peace. Hanging lanterns lighting diyas signify God’s grace and blessings. Make this holiday truly momentous and savor the differing taste and culture of India in the town of Raja Ram- Orchha .

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Since, Orchha is awash with historical monuments. The Government of MP has restricted its population from bursting firecrackers within the 5km radius of these sites, so you know you will not be bothered by loud noise during your Diwali in Orchha.

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Revel in the festivities of Diwali from the comforts of Amar Mahal-Orchha effortlessly luxurious rooms and suites complemented with the very delectable cuisines of Bundelkhand, and the continental. Here you will also get to experience various entertainment activities. Be mesmerized by the synchronized light up of Diwali decorations when you steal a kiss under the sparkling tree.

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May this festival of lights bring you peace, prosperity, success, health and great happiness! Happy Diwali!

Make this holiday truly momentous in Orchha! 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

email : reservation@amarmahal.com

amarmahal@bsnl.in

 

 

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The iconic temple of Raja Ram is one place in Orchha that no one misses to visit!  The Palace turned temple with its mesmerizing evening Aarti stands out among all the other Hindu pilgrimages. Here Lord Rama is revered not as a God but as a king, contrary to what the name reflects it’s a Palace not a Temple.

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The Temple may appear in front of you as one of the innumerable sanctified sites, but it is unique and intriguing for its jaw dropping legends and history.  You’d come across many legends around the temple. However,  Orchha is reportedly the only place in the country where Lord Ram is worshiped in his royal aspect and not as an avtar of Vishnu. It is said that Lord Ram resides in Ayodhya by day and sleeps in Orchha at night. Hence the Ram Raja Temple remains closed throughout the day: the heavy silver doors of the sanctum are flung open only at 7 p.m. when the evening aarti is performed. It’s a moving ceremony laced with a certain amount of pomp and fanfare. The gun salute reverberates through the night as the lights fade away. Do not miss the Ram raja Temple aarti when you visit Orchha. It is one of the best ceremonial sights to behold. The Aarti is as pompous and grand as the temple itself.

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The wife of Orchha’s King Madhukar Shah Ju Dev, Queen Ganesh Kunwari used to worship Lord Ram. One day she left for Ayodhya on foot and sweared to return only with the child form of Ram or else will drown herself in Saryu river at Ayodhya. Such was the belief of the queen that as soon as she started her journey she ordered her servant to build a temple (Chaturbhuj Temple) for Lord Ram when she will return with Lord Ram. At Saryu river queen started praying to Lord Ram and undertook strict meditation to please him. Lord Ram was moved with her prayers and pledged to fulfill her wishes, the queen requested Lord Ram to come with her in the child form to Orchha. Lord Ram agreed to go with her in child form but put forward some conditions:

  1. I will travel from Ayodhya to Orchha on foot along with a group of sages.
  2. Since the child form of Ram would travel in the queen’s lap, the first place where I will be seated will become my final place of stay and the place will be famous by the name of Ramraj.

The devotee, brave queen happily agreed to all the conditions. With Lord Ram in her lap, the Queen started her journey to Orchha. It took her 8 months and 27 days to reach Orchha from Ayodhya on foot (1574 – 1575) as the journey happened only in Pukh Nakshtra.

After reaching Orchha, queen returned to her palace with baby Lord Ram in her room with intentions to take Lord Ram to the Chaturbhuj Temple the next day. The queen forgot the last condition and Lord Ram transformed into an idol and got fixed in the queen’s palace. Till this day the Ram Raja Temple is in the queen’s palace. The idol could not be shifted to Chaturbhuj Temple.

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The temple is a marvelous fusion of modern architecture in an ancient palace with shrines scattered around. They simply do not blend although religion and heritage meet right in the heart of this town. Built on a square base, the temple has an almost entirely plain exterior, relieved by projecting windows and a line of delicate domes along the summit. But the interior of the temple, actually a palace, is just spellbinding. It is a scene that can be best described as a stereotype. The India that every foreign traveler dreams about — the mystical, spiritual India where the bizarre and the regular meet at street corners, where cows are worshiped , where saffron clad men with tambura in hand try hard to look saintly but end up being talented street musicians, where kitsch and color sell at bazaars.

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The temple’s courtyard is an open bazaar selling anything from sweets to knick knacks. The cows stand stubbornly in your path, accustomed to being worshiped and fed. The tiled flooring inside becomes shelter for devotees who prepare to sleep.

It is said that Lord Ram resides in Ayodhya by day and sleeps in Orchha at night. Hence the Ram Raja Temple remains closed throughout the day: the heavy silver doors of the sanctum are flung open only at 7 p.m. when the evening aarti is performed. It’s a moving ceremony laced with a certain amount of pomp and fanfare. The gun salute reverberates through the night as the lights fade away. Do not miss the Ram raja Temple aarti when you visit Orchha. It is one of the best ceremonial sights to behold. The Aarti is as pompous and grand as the temple itself.

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Raja Ram’s wedding is enacted every year in the mid of November or December. Orchha itself resembles a bedecked bride as the Baraat – with the brilliantly decorated chariots, caparisoned elephants, and horses – wends its way down the narrow streets. Later, the town celebrates the royal nuptials over a banquet (bhandara) hosted by the temple trust.

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Plan your next holidays for this hidden town of Bundelkhand to experience the magnificence of Raja Ram Temple and the divine Aarti!!

Experience the allure of this amazing holiday destination with Amar Mahal, Orchha.

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For more details and reservations please contact:

Amar Mahal, Orchha, District Tikamgarh,Orchha,India

Phone: 7680-252102 252202 website http://www.amarmahal.com email : reservation@amarmahal.com, amarmahal@bsnl.in

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Myths and legends about anything are intriguing and exciting. They bring curiosity and a special charm to any destination. Today when we are suspicious about anything we hear, these myths and legends act as a magical ice breaker. They totally present a different dimension to the old rocks and cenotaphs we come across on our heritage tour and destination holidays. Interestingly these legends are etched into people’s mind for generations.

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Orchha is the land full of stories and legends. Palaces to cenotaphs each brick and wall has some tale to narrate and amaze the tourists in the magnificent medieval town. One of the most fascinating tales is that of Dinman Hardaul. The melancholy yellow palace which is now transformed into a buzzing shopping arcade was once the residence of erstwhile king Jujjhar’s brother-Dinman Hardaul. Right beside the palace is a small temple with the idol of Hardaul who is worshiped by the locals and believed to be very much alive.

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Hardaul, the popular prince was resented by Jhujjar who further suspected his wife of having an illicit relationship with him. Due to a rumour fuelled by Emperor Shah Jahan, Jhujjar asked his wife to poison Hardaul to prove her innocence and Hardol without hesitation consumed it to die. Another story reveals, at the time of Jujjhar’s niece’s wedding, his sister asked for the king’s help; who sarcastically asked her to seek the dead Hardaul. The dead prince is believed to attend the wedding and served the guests as well. The locals still exclaim that even today Hardaul attends weddings when invited to grant his blessings. A stack of numerous wedding cards can be seen lying on the doors of his temple.

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Believe it or not, take it as a myth or one of the many legends of Orchha, but a dead prince still lives in the hearts of the people of Orchha.

Chaturbhuj Temple

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Chaturbhuj Temple in Orchha is one of the most fabulous and ancient architectural marvels of the time in the town. It was built by king Madhukar in between the years 1558 and 1573. The temple houses an idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms but was originally meant for Lord Rama’s idol.

Legends say that when Lord Rama’s idol which is placed at the Rani Niwas, the private residence of Raja Madhukar’s wife- Maharani Gansh Kunwar, rejected to move to the temple, an idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms was kept in the temple and this is how the temple came to be known as Chaturbhuj Temple.

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The magnificent architecture of Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha in Madhya Pradesh attracts thousands of visitors every year. The temple stands on a huge, stone platform,  which itself  is a lofty rectangular building with a very simple exterior, ornamented on two large and four small spires. Chaturbhuj temple’s interior is rather devoid of carving ornament. The great loftiness of its ceiling is an unusual feature in a hindu temple.

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Chaturbhuj temple, seemingly divided into three portions. The main temple with the Garbha Griha has the tallest Shikhara which gives a beautiful impression of a temple architecture blended with that of palace. The central portion of the temple has gone up in four storey. The third portion of this temple on all the three sides resembles the palace of the central portion. While, the fourth and last portion is in the shape of a gateway which is still remained unfurnished. Lotus emblems and other symbols of religious significances provide a delicate exterior ornamentation. Within the sanctum is chastely plain with high, vaulted walls emphasizing its deep sanctity.

A visit to the Chaturbhuj Temple in Orchha is one of a lifetime experience for the travelers who seek beauty and magnificence in the places they travel.

For an unforgettable experience of Orchha’s temples and massive architectures visit the town and discover  the ultimate regal hospitality amidst  the modern luxuries and 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
amarmahal@bsnl.in

Chaturbhuj Temple

Chaturbhuj Temple in Orchha is one of the most stunning and oldest architectural marvels of the time in the town. It was built by Raja Madhukar in between the years 1558 and 1573. The temple houses an idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms but was originally meant for Lord Rama’s idol.

Legends say that when Lord Rama’s idol which was at the Rani Niwas, the private residence of Raja Madhukar’s wife- Maharani Gansh Kunwar, rejected to move to the temple, an idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms was kept in the temple and this is how the temple came to be known as Chaturbhuj Temple.

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The magnificent architecture of Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha in Madhya Pradesh attracts thousands of visitors every year. The exterior walls of the Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha is designed with various religious symbols while the interiors are plain and simple that offers you the divine solace. The congregation hall where the devotees gather to offer prayers is entwined in shape.

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The temple is the finest venue for one to go and seek the divine solace. The environment of the temple is very peaceful and calm. The temple is spacious enough to accommodate a large crowd and is lighted throughout the day with the sunlight.

For an unforgettable experience of Orchha’s temples and massive architectures visit the town and discover  the ultimate regal hospitality amidst  the modern luxuries and 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

amarmahal@bsnl.in

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