Thursday, July 1, 2010

Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha

In Orchha (State: Madhya Pradesh) apart from palaces other attractions are temples in the city. One of the major attraction in the city is Chaturbhuj Temple, built between the years 1558 and 1573 by Raja Madhukar.

Built upon a massive stone platform and it is reached by a steep flight of steps. This is a huge temple that has plenty of light and space inside. The temple has a huge cross-shaped congregation hall that caters to devotees. Conical spires crown the sanctuary of the spacious temple. The temple was specially constructed to enshrine the image of Rama that queen got from Ayodha. But this could not happen and the image of Rama remained in the Ram Raja Temple forever.

Lotus emblems and other symbols provide the delicate exterior ornamentation. The doorway is crafted beautifully.

50 comments:

Anna said...

Amazing man's work. Thanks for sharing. I wish that one day I will visit those amazing places. Thanks for the introduction. Anna :)

V Rakesh said...

Splendid!

P.N. Subramanian said...

Way back in the nineties I was used to frequent places around Orchha. My memories too have come alive. Thanka for dropping in.

Ann said...

Do visitors pay entrance fees to help upkeep the temple. Must cost a lot to maintain.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous, interesting post for the day as always, Rajesh! Such lovely skies, too! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Gwendolyn L said...

This is a beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing it and the history.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful architecture! I wanna visit:-)
Have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

What a beautiful temple and as always an interesting post.

Manang Kim said...

Again these is another beautiful temple. Is there somebody living in here? Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday!
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EG Wow said...

The architecture is very beautiful.

Arija said...

Another beautiful temple and SkyWatch photo from you. Such exquisite carving on the doorway.

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Cloudia said...

What an honor to be invited thither...





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eden said...

Impressive! Great photos. Thank you for sharing.

Titania said...

Fantastic building and carvings. The colour is superb and fits into the landscape and under this moody sky. I am always enchanted at the old and refined culture of India.

Jossie said...

Wonderful building. The entrance is stunning.

Eaglesbrother said...

That Temple is truly awesome...the stone work is stunning.

Ebie said...

The etchings on the walls are so intricate!

Pam said...

Magnificent as always, Rajesh.

gigi said...

Wow, what a temple. Very lovely.

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AL said...

I love the architecture, sometimes structures then are better than we have at present.

AL said...

I love the architecture, sometimes structures then are better than we have at present.

J Bar said...

Great shot. Amazing building.
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SandyCarlson said...

Just amazing. I am in awe.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: The structures in India are inspiring to the mind.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Just excellent pictures!

Kcalpesh said...

Beautiful structures Rajesh, these inspire me to travel and visit them....

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Carolyn Ford said...

You are so correct when you say the door way is beautiful...that is so far beyond beautiful! Your country has so many amazing structures...not one, but SO many!

LadyFi said...

What a fabulously intricate doorway. And I can see lots of shapes in the sky in that first shot.

magiceye said...

even the temples are palatial!

Lakshmi said...

MP has been on my bucket list for a long time..yr pics are actually very tempting

Steffi said...

Very beautiful temple.Great shot!Have a nice weekend!

Jeevan said...

Interesting post, with an astonishing doorway snap!

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Your pictures are always very interesting, beautiful and with a excellent explanation. Thanks for sharing them. Congratulations.

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Arasu said...

The Chaturbhuj temple looks elegant with the blue sky as background. The doorway looks beautiful.

Regina said...

Beautiful as always..
Happy SWF.

Robin said...

Amazing! What a beautiful doorway.

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eileeninmd said...

Beautiful temple and post. Lovely skies. Happy Birthday!

George said...

This is a very imposing structure. The spires are beautiful, as is the stone work.

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Jacob said...

I marvel at such imposing edifices! How did they do that so long ago without the assistance of modern equipment? Incredible, really!

radha said...

Amazing structure. 16th century and still standing. The same can hardly be said of modern day structures.

José Ramón said...

Interesting photos! Regards

xinex said...

What an interesting place and beautiful photos, Rajesh!..Christine

Pie said...

Beautiful architecture. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

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R Sudhir Kumar said...

Beautiful Rajesh! well captured

Rajesh said...

Anna, Spiderdama, Lakshmi: Thanks, this is a nice plae to visit.

Rakesh, P.N, Sylvia, Gwendolyn, Carver, EG Wow, Arija, Grace, Cloudia, Titania, Jossie, Eaglesbrother, Ebie: Thanks for the appreciation.

Ann: Thanks. No entrance fee to the temples.

Pam, gigi, Sandy, J Bar, Fishing Guy, Phivos, Kcalpesh, Ford, LadyFi, Deepak, Steffi: Thanks for the appreciation.

Kim: Thanks, temple is a place of worship.

Jeevan, Roberto, Arasu, Regina, Robin, eileeninmd, George, Ju Santos, Jose, Xinex, Pie Sudhir: Thanks for the appreciation.

AL, Jacob, Radha: Thanks. I agree with you.

Deepak Acharya said...

Nice temple

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

It's beautiful!

It always amazes me to see old structures full of history. It mus be very beautiful to see it in person. Look at that arch!

Belated Happy Blue Monday!

Rajesh said...

Deepak, MyThoughtsMyVoice: Thanks for the appreciation.