Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chhatris of Orchha

In Orchha (State: Madhya Pradesh) the cenotaphs (chhatris) of 16th century are located on the banks of Betwa river. They are basically tomb erected in honor of a person, whose remains are elsewhere.

Here the Chhatris are elevated, dome-shaped pavilions. The architecture has elements of Hindu as well as Mughal architecture in them.

The royal chattris are memorials to Bundelkhand's former rulers. One can see series of rows of pale brown weed-choked domes and spires inside a compound on the banks of Betwa river.


69 comments:

Indrani said...

Great pics, Rajesh.
I have been reading your posts on MP, I am really tempted to visit this place.

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Great pictures as usual

Kirigalpoththa said...

wow!
How many temples / tombs / castles / palaces that india have? Will anyone be able to cover all thet during his/her lifetime? :)

Zuzana said...

Wow, these are tombs? That is incredible. Just like the pyramids, they are massive.
Beautiful images.
xoxo

joo said...

They are absolutely fabulous!

jabblog said...

It seems there are palaces everywhere you look, all intricately decorated.

Jeevan said...

buildings are Very similar to each others and remind the temples in varanasi! great capture.

biologion said...

very beautiful photos! Tombs of famous people are always impressive constructions!

Regina said...

Exquisite architecture.
Thank you for sharing.
Happy weekend.

V Rakesh said...

Wonderful pictures! Another very interesting snippet from you! Thanks very much!

Haddock said...

must visit this place one day

Jane said...

Fascinating and Beautiful, thanks for sharing Rajesh:)

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures and a wonderfully interesting post as always, Rajesh! Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Dharma Shots said...

Wonderful and truly magnificent structures...

Photo Cache said...

must be truly awesome in person, bec in pictures it is already impressive.

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Carver said...

Beautiful shots of these great monuments. Looks like a lovely sky too.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful SkyWatch photos

Have a nice weekend

Laura said...

Such intricate architecture...beautiful!

eden said...

Great architecture! Great photos. Thank you for sharing, Rajesh. Happy weekend.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: They certainly built some impressive buildings to honor the rulers.

Arija said...

Fancy housing the honour of the dear in these magnificently palatial buildings.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

The architecture indeed is intricate.

Two months more to go for the Commonwealth Games?

I will see more of your country on the TV!

Arasu said...

These memorials have a wonderful architecture. Interesting place to visit.

Colin Campbell said...

Always interesting Rajesh

indicaspecies said...

These cenotaphs of the Bundelkhand rulers are awesome!

J Bar said...

Another great building.
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magiceye said...

amazing work!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of the monuments, Rajesh! They are amazing!

Kcalpesh said...

Combination of Hindu and Moghul architecture sounds really interesting...

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√ Abraham Lincoln said...

You have some nice photographs here on this post.

Dani said...

lovely architecture. hope i will visit this place one day.

Happy Friday!

Vernz said...

this is such a huge tomb ... thanks for sharing this Rajesh...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Incredible! Every one of your posts seem to outdo the last -- such beauty and history we can only imagine here!

Pam said...

Beautiful and historical places you take us to, Rajesh.

Manang Kim said...

That's a huge tomb, lovely!


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Prmaod Rawat said...

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Robin said...

Wonderful, I love the shape of the spires.

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Elettra said...

Wow !!!!!!!!!!! This is a majestic monument.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ciao, palazzo meraviglioso !
Foto molto belle :-))
Grazie della visita.
Buona giornata.

Diane said...

Thank you for your sweet comment. I love the architecture on your blog. I will be back! I am a new follower. My way of visiting India!
xoxo
Diane

JOE TODD said...

Fantastic architecture. Looks like a great place to explore

Pooch Morning Glory said...

beautiful structures rajesh
~laura

LadyFi said...

Majestic! Do people still live here - or are they museums nowadays?

Nisha said...

I wonder how beautiful ideas the artisans had that time and what dedication to complete them.

Pearl Maple said...

Fantastic architecture, so much detail is included in those building that makes them interesting.

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Evelyn said...

Fab photos - great architecture. Maybe one day I'll visit India :)

Linda said...

Fascinating about the different architectural styles. I'm learning a lot from your blog.

George said...

These are fabulous structures. Absolutely amazing.

SandyCarlson said...

The wonders never cease there! These are some amazing buildings.

Ann said...

I never fail to marvel how great these buildings in the past.

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Sorry for the absence, but after a long weekend break, I was working abroad last week...

This is another magnificent building; how am I going to see them all? ;))

Meanwhile, Blogtrotter Two discovers Sardinia! Enjoy and have a great week!

radha said...

Amazing combination of Hindu and Mughal architecture. So much to see in Madhya Pradesh.

SmilingSally said...

Impressive buildings under a beautiful blue sky!

Happy Blue Monday!

LV said...

What interesting and designs of these buildings. I do so enjoy your blog. Great to see what others in another part of our world have to share.

Carolyn Ford said...

Your blog is so rich in culture and tradition...these tombs are amazing. I would love to visit even just one in my lifetime. Your country is amazing.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful buildings. So many great details.
Wish you a nice week:-)

AshTreeCottage said...

I love your country! Thanks for an interesting post.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
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Briarside Lane said...

Wonderful to visit around the world. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing your pictures. ...Karen

Jingle said...

beautiful place to be in...

Rajesh said...

Indrani: Thanks, it really is a must visit place. Lot to be seen here.

Raji, Zuzana, Joo, Janice, Jeevan, biologion, Regina, Rakesh, Haddock, Jane, Sylvia, Dharma, ewok1993, Bram, Carver, Laura, Eden, Fishing Guy: Thanks for the appreciation.

Kirigalpoththa: Thanks, it is really not eay to know how many of them are. I am sure one lifetime is not enough.

Arija, Arasu, Colin, Celine, J Bar, Deepak, eileeninmd, Kcalpesh, Lincoln, Dani, Vernz, Sallie, Pam, Kim, Prmaod, Robin, Elettra, Rosadimaggio63: Thanks for the appreciation.

Bonnie: Thanks. True you will be seeing more of Delhi on TV during Commonwealth Games.

Diane, Joe, Laura, LadyFi, Nisha, Pearl, Evelyn, Linda, George, Sandy, Ann, Trotter, Radha, Sally, LV: Thanks for the appreciation.

Subu: Thanks for passing on the award to me.

Ford, Spiderdama, Susan, Karen, Jingle: Thanks for the appreciation.

Mohan said...

I envy you for the kind of captures you have done so far with the tireless travel times! Thanks for sharing these and look forward for more!

S.R.Ayyangar said...

Nice to meet you in person at the blogger's meet.

Arpana said...

Fabulous!the genre of travel account is always a delght.

Arti said...

Beautiful shots!

Arti said...

Great shots.. The chattris look royal and truly magnificient!

Pratibha The Talent said...

lovely pics.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Lovely pictures. I used to be Orchha practically every month prior to 1995. In those days food used to be a problem Only the Sheesh Mahal hotel (Tourism Dept) served food which was tolerable.

Rajesh said...

Mohan: Thanks, I loeve travelling.

Ayyangar: Thanks, same here.

Arpana, Arti, Pratibha: Thanks for the appreciation.

P.N: Thanks, the quality of food has improved and lot of outlets are there now.