Orcha Temple Madhya PradeshSituated on banks of river Betwa. Used to be the capital of the region (Bundelkhand) but now is small village. The palaces are of impressive size and there are plesent views of the countryside from their upper levels.
Later, Orcha was the capital of Bir Singh Deo (1605-1627) who built the Jehangir Mahal to please the Mogul emperor Jehangir. Close-by, near the border of Madhya Pradesh, is Datia, site of the 7-storeyed palace of Bir Singh Deo. The temples and palaces of the Bundela rulers still retain their medieval grandeur. The palace walls are decorated with colourful frescoes executed in the manner of miniature paintings, and depict scenes from the popular legend of love between Radha and Lord Krishna. Masterpiece conceptions are the Ram Raja Temple, the only temple in India where devotees worship Lord Rama as a king, and Phool Bagh, an artificial cascade. Flight to Bhopal. capital of the province. Orcha's fort complex, approached by a multi-arched bridge, has three palaces set in an open quadrangle Places to See
It built by Raja Bir Singh in 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir. Its strong lines are counterbalanced by delicate Chhatries and trellis work, the whole conveying an effect of extraordinary richness.
It is situated to the right of the quadrangle, this palace was built by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious predecessor of Bir Singh ju Deo. The plain exteriors, crowned by chhatries, give way to interiors with exquisite murals, boldly colorful, on a variety of religious themes.
Main attraction of Orchha temples:
Jehangir Mahal is exceedingly beautiful and the most visited monument in Orchha. The palace was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. The main attraction of the palace are the two statues of bowed elephants right at the entrance of the gate that set the mood for your exploration of this charming palace. You will notice a strong resemblance in the structure of this palace and many other monuments built in Islamic architectural style.
Raj Parveen Mahal
The palace was built King Indramani in the 17th century. It is said that he built it for his love Raj Parveen who was an exceptionally talented poetess and a musician. The palace is only two floor high. It was built this way to match with the height of trees in the area. You can get scintillating views of nearby gardens of Anand Mahal and the octagonal flower garden.
Built between the year 1558 and 1573 by Raja Madhukar, Chaturbhuj temple is situated on a gigantic stone formation. The temple was constructed to house an idol of Lord Rama, but later, statue of Lord Vishnu was established. This gave the name Chaturbhuj to the temple. As an exception to Hindu temples, Chaturbhuj Temple has plenty of light and space inside and has a huge assembly hall for the devotees.
The structure of the temple is huge and dominates the surroundings. The architecture of the building is an amalgamation of a fort and temple features that is very unique and fascinating. It was built in the year 1622 A.D. by Vir Singh Deo. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi The interior walls of the temple are adorned by many exceptional paintings. The paintings have been preserved with great care. Even though they are hundreds of years old, the colors used still retain their shine and are great to look at.
How to reach there:
Gwalior is the nearest airport, which is around 119 km away. Flights from Delhi and Bhopal are regular to Gwalior.
Jhansi is the closest railhead, situated at a distance of 16 km from here. You can hire a taxi from Jhansi to Orchha.
Orchha is situated on the Jhansi-Khajuraho road. The town is well connected to all the cities of Madhya Pradesh with regular bus service.
Buses and taxis are the prominent means of transportation in Orchha. Rickshaws and taxis are also available in good numbers.