Orchha Madhya Pradesh, one of the ancient city
situated on the bank of Betwa. This place is famous for Raja Ram Temple and
various other historical monuments. Orcha was founded in 16th Century by the
Bundela Chieftain, Rudra Pratap Singh. The main historical are the Jehangir
Mahal, Raj Mahal, Rai Praveen Mahal, Laxmi Narayan Temple
and the Chaturbhuj
Temple. The various palaces and temples were built by its Bundela rulers in
the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. Of the
succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh who built the
exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned with graceful Chhatries.
Orchha Palace and orchha Fort
Ram Raja Mandir
Ram Raja Mandir, a palace-turned-temple has a charming legend attached to
it. King Madhukar Shah brought an idol of Lord Rama
from Ayodhya to his
capital following the dream visitation of God Ram to be installed later in a
temple. When the idol proved impossible to move, the king recalled, too
late, the deity's edict that the image would remain in the place where it
was first installed. It is also the only temple in India where Ram is
worshiped as a king.
A flagstone path links the Laxminarayan Temple with the Ram Raja Temple. The
style here is a mix of fort and temple architecture. The interiors contain
the most exquisite of Orcha's Wall Paintings. On the walls and ceilings of
three halls, these murals are vibrant compositions and cover a variety of
spiritual and secular subjects.
Chaturbhuj Orchha Temple was built upon a massive stone platform and reached by a
steep flight of steps, the temple was specially constructed to enshrine the
image of Ram which, however, remained in the Ram Raja Temple. Lotus emblems
and symbols of religious importance provide the delicate exterior
The history of Orchha sheds light on the glorious past of the Madhya Pradesh city
that was famed as an erstwhile princely state in the Bundelkhand region. The legendary Bundela chieftain Rudra Pratap Singh founded the town of Orchha, way back in the 16th century.
The town of Orchha has fought against the vagaries of time. The chronicles of Orchha history record that Raja Jujhar Singh, a former Orchha monarch had renegaded against the mighty Mughal potentate, Shah Jehan in the 17th century. This tactical error met with disastrous consequences and soon afterwards, in between 1635 to 1641 AD, the Mughal army took over the princely state and caused wanton carnage and destruction.
Orchha Hotels and Orchha Resorts
Amar Mahal Hotel
The Orchha Resort