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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India


A historic town on the Betwa River in central India. The town, surrounded by thick jungle that long made it impregnable, was founded in 1531 and served until 1783 as the capital of the former Orchha princely state. In the early 17th century it was systematically devastated by the forces of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan following the rebellion of the Bundela chief Jujhar Singh. An island in the Betwa, approached by a causeway, contains a large 17th-century fort and palace. Other buildings of historic interest are several temples and a palace of Jahangir, an excellent example of Muslim domestic architecture. There are also several cenotaphs of the Orchha rulers.[Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica; Aug 05]

River Betwa at Orchha

Bridge on the river Betwa

Royal chattris (cenotaphs)

Royal chattris (cenotaphs)

Royal chattris (cenotaphs)


Betwa river ghat (more)


Men washing clothes


Old woman bathing


Two men talking

Temples of Orchha


Ram Raja temple


Ram Raja temple


Another temple


Chaturbhuj temple


Orchha skyline


Flautist


Chaturbhuj temple


Chaturbhuj temple


Laxmi temple


Laxmi temple


Laxmi temple ceiling art


Laxmi temple ceiling art


Inside Laxmi temple


Radha-Krishna


Corridor and ceiling


Sadhu

Orchha Palaces


Jehangir palace


Jehangir palace


Jehangir palace courtyard


Jehangir palace


View from Jehangir palace


View from Jehangir palace


View from Jehangir palace


First courtyard, Raj mahal


Second courtyard, Raj mahal


Ceiling art, Raj mahal


Ceiling art, Raj mahal


Ceiling art, Raj mahal

Orchha village and landscape

View from Jehangir palace

View from Jehangir palace

Orchha from Laxmi temple

Palki mahal, Sawan Bhadon pillars

       

 

 

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