Thursday, July 22, 2010

Laxminarayan Temple, Orchha

In Orchha (State: Madhya Pradesh) the Laxminarayan temple is one of the most important tourist attraction of the place. Though the temple is dedicated the Goddess Laxmi, there is no idol of the Goddess in the temple.

This beautiful temple was built in 1622 by Vir Singh Deo. The condition of the temple soon worsened due to inadequate maintenance. It was reconstructed by Prithvi Singh during 1793. Built using lime mortar and bricks, the architecture of temple exceptional blend of temple and fort architecture. The temple has a rectangular plan with four multi-faced projecting bastions at its four corners. There are mural paintings on the interior walls of the temple.

The carvings on the central dome are exquisite as can be seen in the above image. The pillars on the corners are ornate with carvings. There is a statue of Lord Ganesh on this structure.

55 comments:

YOSEE said...

Enchanting ! Would love to visit someday.

Zuzana said...

I can only imagine how majestic these architectural wonders must be close up. And the carvings must invoke awe and astonishment. Beautiful pictures as always,
xoxo

V Rakesh said...

Absolutely marvelous! Such a conception is unimaginable today!

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous temple! Love the detail! And you photos are terrific as always, Rajesh! Great, clear, blue skies! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Bhuvan Gupta said...

Hey Rajesh, you really capture the most exotic of places.

Would love to visit the places some time.. This summer was in Agra and Jaipur... You should go there.. I am sure you will love it
Bhuvan

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Eaglesbrother said...

Another great Temple...great Structure.

webruci said...

What a fantastic picture from a wonderful place!

Kcalpesh said...

Lovely captures Rajesh!!

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Mrs. M @ TLC said...

Amazing architecture! Exquisite work of art. Thanks for sharing.

Xavi said...

Hi Rajesh,
I would be traveling to India to see this magnificent temple!!
Have a nice weekend!!

Dani said...

Thanks for this informative post. I like your captures.

Happy SW Friday!

Carver said...

That's a beautiful temple. Very graceful.

Pearl Maple said...

Nice photos always interesting to see the ornate and detailed decorations on the buildings. Am enjoying the interesting facts part of your blog too. Thanks for sharing with Sky Watch Friday.

Jane said...

I find these temples fascinating, and very beautiful. Thanks for sharing Rajesh:)

Manang Kim said...

As I understand about carvings it is done by hand. And this temple is carved almost all over what a work and how intricately well done. Thanks for sharing!

SWF~Half moon

ewok1993 said...

these buildings you feature are truly works of art. they are ornate and lavish.

EG Wow said...

I'm always amazed at the detail in your photos!

Tara R. said...

The architecture is simply breathtaking! The temple is stunning.

Alexander said...

Nice clear day and very beautiful architecture here. I love the facade of the building.

Have a good weekend.

Alexander
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Jossie said...

Magnificent building. The carving are wonderful.

joo said...

This place is fabulous! I'm always amazed to see how many such a beauties there are in your country!

Marites said...

very beautiful intricate designs on the building. The building itself looks really beautiful! Nice capture!

eden said...

Impressive. Great photos. Thank you for sharing one of the most important tourist attractions in your place.

Have a great weekend.

AL said...

Oh wow! That's very fascinating architecture!

Colin Campbell said...

As always interesting.

Indrani said...

Beautifully taken shots.

magiceye said...

any idea why the idol of the goddess is not in the temple?

Dharma Shots said...

amazing structures! your country has a lot to show.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: What a neat structure.

J Bar said...

Amazing temple. Great shot.
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Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Really amazing structures and the carvings are great!a must beauty to visit and see.

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Wow!! What a gorgeous temple!!

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Lara Neusiedler said...

what an amazing place!

Ma.links said...

Stunning buildings.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Good shots rajesh. Majestic!

Hilda said...

What a magnificent, historical building!

Halcyon said...

So beautiful!

Siromade said...

Fantastic architectural of the temple. Beautiful shot as always.

Ania said...

Your blogs make me understand why people traveling to India stay there for months. There's so much to see!

indicaspecies said...

Good shots Rajesh.
I've visited this temple one late evening a couple of years back and do know how gorgeous it is, and now am back from another trip to the Madhya Pradesh.

JM said...

Stunning architecture! The top perspective is wonderful.

Mama Zen said...

Amazing!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Foto assolutamente meravigliosa !!
Fantastico palazzo !
Buona serata :-))

Steffi said...

What a nice place!Very beautiful photos!

Jacob said...

Spectacular...and what I found interesting is that the architecture is very similar to that of a church!

Al said...

That looks both massive and intricate. It's amazing how many wonders you have in your country.

Dave said...

majestic in all sense.

George said...

This is an amazing temple. I would really like to see it in person some day.

Janie said...

Beautiful temple. The carvings are impressive!

Kunal Bhatia said...

I've never been here, but would sure love to. Greetings from Mumbai.
- Mindless Mumbai

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Gorgeous photos.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Rajesh said...

Yosee, Zuzana, Rakesh, Sylvia, Bhuvan, Eaglesbrother, webruci, Kcalpesh, Mrs. M, Dani, Carver, Many, Jane, Kim, ewok, EG Wow, Tara, Alexander: Thanks for the appreciation.

Xavi: Thanks, you will defenitely like travelling here.

Jossie, Joo, Marites, Eden, AL, Colin, J Bar, Dharma, Fishing Guy, Coffeeveggie, Lara, Ma.links, Totter, Sudhir, Hilda, Halcyon: Thanks for the appreciation.

Deepak: Thanks, tis is believed to be one of the Tantrik temple. Hence may be the absence of the idol in the temple.

Siromade, Ania, Celine, JM, Mama, Rosadimaggio63, Steffi, Jacob, Al, Janie, Dave, Kunal, Darryl: Thanks for the appreciation.

George: Thanks, this is a nice place to visit in person.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Si impressive and pictures is gorgeous.

Rossel said...

i love your shots. i like the angle of the 2nd photo. hope i could visit there someday.

Neeraj | www.bharari.net said...

I've been in love with this place ever since I saw pictures of it. Although I've yet to visit it, it seems to be similar to Cambodia's Angkor Wat - isn't it?

I love the carvings, paintings and its picturesque setting.

-Neeraj | www.bharari.net