The lord settled himself as the queen was relentless in her desire but then there can be only one king in the state. When the lord is there, how can there is another king to rule. A big question, so to pacify, the king built a beautiful temple.
The interesting part is that, it took time for the completion of the temple so the lord’s idol was kept in the Kitchen area. When the temple got completed, the lord’s idol refused to move from the Kitchen. Everybody tried their bit and finally everybody gave in and today Lord Ram and Goddess Sita are permanently seated there. The old kitchen has now become the temple to Visit at Orchha.
The only place in the country where Lord Ram is given a Guard of honour Salute everyday. Welcome to Orchha!!! .. Last time I had shared about Orchha’s efforts to save the vultures in their awesome Cenotaphs.
It was a pleasant morning, when we walked to see both the temples. The temple where Lord Ram is prayed and the temple that was built for him.
The current temple is more or less at a ground floor level. It is a flat structure. You cannot carry bags inside the temple, and since I was carrying my camera bag had to wait outside and then later go in alone after others came back. The sanctum is simple and has a typical Rural Indian house construct. The center square is empty with a Tulsi tree while the idols are spread around it. The main idol is at the center. The Idol is beautifully sculpted.
Once we stepped out, we were off to the Chaturbhuja temple that was built for the lord by the then king.
This temple is quite adjacent to the main temple and has a neglected feel. It has a typical Indian Architecture feel, but the dome structure built later has a mughal architecture influence.
It is close to 60 feet in height. One needs to walk up almost 25 steps up before you land up at the entrance of the temple. As you enter, on your left is the palace with its grand view and then you enter the temple. It was built in a manner that the king could directly see the lord from the palace without stepping out of the palace, but they say, “Man proposed, God disposes.”..
After taking some good shots, we were approached by a local guy who suggested that he could take us to the upper sections of the temple for 100 bucks and who could resist such a temptation.
Today, there is a small temple inside to keep the sanctity of this being a temple otherwise
there is nothing much.
We went up some three fights of stairs to finally reach on the top of the temple and realize that there is another 20 feet structure there. We could not go in there as it was not well kept.
The climb up is steep and it does take an effort to move up the steps. Once you land on one of the floors you wonder how people in that time used to go up. I felt claustrophobic.
The alleys in the floors are wide enough for two people to walk through. As we reached the 3rd floor level, our man all of sudden asked, “Sir, would you like to go to the top of the temple?”… and we together said, “Why NOT!!”
It was once in a life time opportunity for us, and trust me you will not be disappointed at all rather it is breathtaking. One could see the whole town from the top.
We could not go higher than that as the doors for the final ascend was locked. We spent close to 15 minutes feeling the breeze and enjoying the architecture around.
After spending some time in the temple, we headed towards the Laxmi temple which is well known for the famous Madhubani Paintings. We took an auto and mind it, they can fleece you. If you love to walk then it is a good trek up and down the paths. We realized it much later.
While there was no tickets applicable for the Main temple, but one has to pay for the Laxmi temple. The tickets are to be brought at the fort. We had not but the folks were helpful. They did let us in and what a view it was!!
The walls are decked with Madhubani paintings and they are simply gorgeous. A mere description of the same will not do justice to it.
The paintings depicts Ramayana and Krushna leela in all its brighter sense. Each character is clear and prominent even if it is a mere soldier. The leaves and flower motifs are distinct and clear.
These walls ask for attention and to be taken care off. You could just spend hours just appreciating the workmanship of those artists who could depict various stories from Mythology, the King’s adventures and even Mughal designs too.
As we walked up the steps to the top of temple, the sheer height where the temple is built will take your breath away.
We spend a significant time just admiring the beauty of these paintings and the rich culture that India has asking for its proliferation in the current context.
Things to check:
- Most of the places are close by and if you like walking, nothing like it.
- Negotiate for your local transport, or else be ready to spend.
- Pick your water bottles and your shoes, you would need them as there is lots of walking if you are exploring types.
- For Lakshmi Temple, pick your tickets at the palace gate. The ticket serves for both, Palace & Temple.
- It is a small place and though you get food, be watchful.
- You can carry your camera bag / camera / cell phone, but not in the temple and there is no place to store too.
- Enjoy the paintings at Lakshmi Temple and respect the space.
- Finally, ensure “Swatch Bharat” & say no to plastics. The place is relatively clean and has been maintained by local people.
Indeed…. Incredible India!!