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The temples of Orchha

A November 1998 trip to Orchha by Joel

Chaturbhuj Temple Photo, Orchha, India More Photos
Quote: Picturesque Orchha, a small village in the middle of nowhere, abandoned and somewhat neglected, set on an island on a bend in the Betwa river. The perfect spot for a beautiful and a quiet day (or two).

The temples of Orchha

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The Lakshminarayan Temple, the Ram Raja Temple, the Chaturbhuj Temple and the medieval fort palace, the Raj Mahal.

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Try to move on to the village early in the morning. A 1 km paved path links the centre of Orchha with the Lakshminarayan Temple. From the rooftop of this temple, you can see the sun rise from behind the palace on the other side of town. Within the temple there are excellent murals on the walls and ceiling of the four galeries. They portray Hindu deities, scenes from the epics, historical events as well as giving an insight into domestic pleasures of royalty.

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Chaturbhuj Temple

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Chaturbhuj Temple Photo, Orchha, India
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Enjoy the peaceful silence on a bench on the courtyard in front of the Ram Raja Temple. A holy man - almost naked, with long black hair and a painted face - is walking circles around the temple. There's a ceremony going on within this pink house of God. You can buy cold mineral water - it's very hot here - and some small bronze statues - as souvenirs - in the small bazaar, which is nothing more than a few narrow streets, before you enter the Chaturbhuj Temple, a few steps from the Ram Raja Temple courtyard. Climb up one of the corner staircases - steep and uneven - which lead up, by stages, to the very top of the temple. On the third level you can decide to access the tiny balconies which provide priv...Read More

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Chaturbhuj Temple
Orchha
Orchha, India

Raj Mahal

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Orchha contains three palaces, each built by succeeding Maharadjas, surrounded with many temples. You can enter the medieval fort palace, the Raj Mahal. The palace has plain outer walls, surmounted by chhattris (umbrella shaped dome or pavillion). Through the many hidden staircases you can climb up to the top. The view across the palaces with their chhattris and ornamented battlements, elevated above the surrounding wooded countryside, is enchanting. Orchha is a largely untouched island in peace and calm. All around, the forest is encroaching on the numerous tombs and monuments. The royal chambers of this palace have some fine murals from Hindu mythology on ceilings and walls which are strong and vivi...Read More

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Raj Mahal
Orccha
Orchha, India