Orchha
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Orchha City
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Orchha

  • Orchha History

    Orchha was founded in the 16th century by Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap

  • Orchha Temple

    Ram Raja Temple is the only place where Lord Ram is worshipped both as a God and as a King

  • Orchha Fort

    The Laxmi Narayan Temple exhibits a unique architectural style, which is a mix of a fort and a temple

  • Jahangir Mahal in Orchha

    The Jahangir Mahal was built in honour of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir

  • Chhatris of Orchha

    The famed Chhatris of Orchha are cenotaphs that were constructed in honour of its erstwhile rulers

THE INCREDIBLE AIR COOLERS OF ORCHHA

Sawan Bhado Pillars

THE PALACE THAT
BECAME A TEMPLE!

Orchha Temples History

The historic town of Orchha, nestled on the banks of river Betwa, was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap. Here, the river Betwa splits into seven channels, also called the Satdhara. Legend goes that this is in honour of the seven erstwhile Chiefs of Orchha.

The ancient town seems frozen in time, with its many monuments continuing to retain their original grandeur even to this day. Here you will find some of the most fascinating temples and palaces that will help you realise a childhood fantasy – travelling back in time!

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How to get here?

Reaching by Air

Reaching Orchha by Air

The nearest airports to Orchha are Gwalior Airport (113 kms) and Khajuraho Airport (155 kms).

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Orchha by Rail

The nearest railway junction to Orchha is Jhansi, which is 16 kms away.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Orchha by Road

Orchha is well-connected by road to places like Jhansi, Gwalior and Khajuraho. You can hire a taxi or bus to reach Orchha from these places.

Sawan Bhado: The incredible air coolers of Orchha

Sawan Bhado - Air coolers of Orchha

Sawan Bhado: Air coolers of Orchha

Adjacent to the Ram Raja Temple lies a row of fountains, which culminates in an eight pillared pavilion. A subterranean structure below the pavilion, the Tehkhana, was the summer retreat of the kings of Orchha. The tehkhana was cooled by a cleverly constructed Persian cooling unit, which was made up of two adjoining Dastagirs (wind-catching towers). The towers were named after the two spring months in the Indian calendar - Sawan Bhado.

The towers were perforated on the top, to allow them to catch the wind, while their lower part was connected to a reservoir of water. The towers, the aqueducts, and the underground reservoir of water were ingeniously connected to a Chandan Katora (fountain) in the pavilion above the retreat. The water from the underground reservoir was pushed up into the Chandan Katora, from where it rained on the roof of the retreat to cool the Tehkhana. This is perhaps the only example of the Persian system of cooling in India.

The palace that became a temple!

Lord Ram Temple in Orchha

Ram Raja Temple

The queen of Orchha was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram. She once went on a pilgrimage to Ayodhya, with a desire to bring her revered deity back in the form of a boy.

Lord Ram was pleased with her prayers, and agreed to come to Orchha. But he set forth a condition – he would not move from one temple to another, but will stay where she would initially house him. So moved was the king of Orchha on seeing Lord Ram as a child that he ordered for a temple to be built for him. All this while Lord Ram was worshipped by the queen in her palace. When the temple was eventually ready, Lord Ram refused to move because of the condition he had set the queen!

The queen’s palace eventually became the Ram Raja Temple. Here, Lord Ram is worshipped not just as a God, but also as a king. He even gets a gun salute!

The Ram Raja Temple sees thousands of devotees queue up for darshan on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami.

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