Orchha- An Ancient Town With Beautiful Monuments

Orchha or Urchha is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. The name literally means hidden place. Orchha was established by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501. It is about 18 kms from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. The town is on the banks of Betwa river. It is an ancient town with beautiful monuments. Interesting thing about Orchha is that there are many temples with a blend of excellent architecture.

The Ram Raja Temple is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage where the devotees come in large numbers. This temple is also known as the Orchha Temple. Ram Raja temple is the only place where Lord Ram is worshipped both as God and as a King. The special attraction of this temple is that Lord ram has a shield in the left hand and sword in the other.
It is said that the idols refused to move after being installed and so a temple was built around them.

Jahangir Mahal is a citadel located in Orchha. The then ruler Vir Singh Deo built a structure for the Mughal Emperor Jahangir as symbol of warm welcome on his first visit to the city. It is a three storied structure. The Jahangir Mahal is considered to be the magnificent example of the Mughal Architecture.

Laxmi Narayan temple is one of the most important temple in Orchha. It exhibits a flawless and distinctive mix of temple and fort architecture. Though the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Laxmi, there is no idol of the Goddess kept inside the temple.

There is a temple dedicated to Vishnu called Chaturbhuj Temple in Orchha. Chaturbhuj means “one who has four arms”. It is a mix of temple, fort and palace architectural features. Though the temple was originally built to worship Lord Rama which was later installed in the Rama Raja Temple, at present an image of Radha Krishna is worshiped in the temple.

The Chattris on the banks of Betwa river is another famous sightseeing attraction here. These chattris are actually the royal tombs of Maharajas. It can be best viewed from the narrow bridge where the full reflection of the wonderful structure is on the river water. The best time would be during the sunset.

One who has liking for architecture cannot miss this place. Reaching here is quite easy with all modes of transport.

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