"Capital of Bundella Orcha" Orchha by RAJASTHANBYCAR
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Orchha means 'hidden', it is situated 16 kms away from Jhansi, on the banks of the river Betwa in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is surrounded by charming hills and greenery. This small village was once the capital of the region ( Bundelkhand). The historical monuments of Orchha still retain their pristine charm and narrate stories of war and peace, of love and destruction.
There are huge palaces and with pleasant views of the countryside from their upper levels. Orchha was established in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap who chose this land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo one of the succeeding rulers built the elegant Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhattries. This provides some very exotic views. Orchha is now an abandoned land but not forgotten. The enchanting exteriors and interiors are decorated by beautiful Bundela school of painting.
Orchha is a photographer's delight with architectural gems abounding this town. Beautiful Monuments in this region are not bare stone but have a plastering on them.
The beauty of the town increases during evenings.
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Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa river as an ideal site for his capital. Of the succeeding rulers, the most notable was Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo who built the exquisite Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris. From here the view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs is spectacular.
Complementing the noble proportions of their exteriors are interiors which represent the finest flowering of the Bundela school of painting. In the Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal, vibrant murals encompassing a variety of religious and secular themes, bring the walls and ceilings to rich life.
The origin of the Bundela dynasty in the 11th century is traced to a Rajput prince who offered himself as a sacrifice to the mountain goddess Vrindavasini, she stopped him and named him 'Bundela' (one who offered blood). The dynasty ruled over the area between the Yamuna and Narmada rivers. Garhkurar, once capital of the Bundela Rajas, fell to the Tughluqs just as that dynasty was weakening. Into the vacuum that they left, the Bundelas again expanded, moving their base to Orchha (meaning hidden). Raja Rudra Pratap threw a wall around the existing settlement and began work on the palace building (1525-31) and an arched bridge to it. This was completed by his successor Bharti Chand (1531- 54) who was installed in the Raj Mahal with great ceremony.
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