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Laxminarayan Temple Orchha

Madhya Pradesh Temples
INTRODUCTION
Orchha is a historical city of Madhya Pradesh in India. Orchha was founded in the 16th century by Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap. Laxminarayan Mandir is a one of the three famous temple of Orchha. It is counted among popular Orchha tourist attractions. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi (God of wealth and prosperity) but there is no idol of any goddess inside temple. Laxminarayan Temple in Orchha presents a unique style of architecture. This temple is a perfect blend of temple and fort architecture. The walls of this charming shrine are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings, which show pulsating compositions from mythological themes. This temple also houses the very famous post mutiny paintings.

HISTORY
This magnificient Lakshminarayan temple was built by Bir Singh Deo around 1662. But due to inadequate maintenance the condition of the temple soon worsened. It was reconstructed by Prithvi Singh during 1793. This temple was dedicated to Goddess of wealth & prosperity, Laxmi, and within the inner chambers of the temple, Vir Singh made arrangements for offering sacrifices for Laxmi. The Laxminarayan Temple of Orchha is built in an exceptional blend of temple and fort architecture, with the help of lime mortar and bricks. There are frescos and paintings within the walls of the temple that are a blend of Mughal and Bundela forms of art. These frescos illustrate certain social and secular themes. The vivacious colors of the frescos are still retained. Within the Laxminarayan temple, the carvings are displayed in a geometrical pattern and there are scenes from the life of Lord Krishna, adorned with flowers and animals. Another important structure of this delightful shrine is the flagstone path that connects this temple with the Ram Raja Temple. The temple along with its exquisite paintings presents an enthralling feeling and is a worthy to watch spectacle. The carvings on the central dome are exquisite as can be seen. The pillars on the corners are ornate with carvings. There is a statue of Lord Ganesh on this structure. The subjects of the paintings are particularly unusual. While some of them illustrate episodes from the sacred epic, the Ramayana, and of the lord Krishna the eighth incarnation of the Preserver, others depicts mythical, martial and secular scenes. There in an interesting painting of legendary 'Shungi Chirya' the monstrous bird that could fly away with elephants capyured in this talons. This could have inspired the Roc of the Arabian Sinbad stories. Then there are paintings of the siege of Jhansi fort by the forces of the British east India company.

HOW TO REACH
Laxminarayan temple is located in Orchha town and well connected by road and train. Here flight connectivity option are not so good so most of the tourists prefers train or road option.
By Flight: For visiting Lamxminarayn temple by flight option, we may consider Gwalior airport as first option. It is approx. 150kms from this temple but its flight connectivity is poor. Second best option is Khajuraho airport (180kms) having limited flight connectivity but still better than Gwalior.
DISTANCE CHART
LOCATION MAP
From
Distance
(in Kms)
Jhansi 20
Khajuraho 180
Gwalior 150
Panna National Park 220
Agra 270
   


By Train: Reaching Laxminarayan temple, by train option is possible. Orchha town have its own railway station with name of "Orchha" but major trains, do not stop here. Best option is to reach Jhansi railway station (Code: JHS), at a distance of 20kms from town. All major connecting major cities and tourist destinations, have stoppage at Jhansi station.

By Road: Orchha is located on the bank of Betwa river in Madhya Pradesh state. It is very close to Jhansi city and well connected by road. It has bus service from Jhansi and Tikamgarh. Jhansi city is the best option as it is closest one and also a big city so connectivity options are also more. One can easy travel by taxi, auto-rickshaw etc., from Jhansi to Orchha.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Lakshminarayan temple itself a popular Orchha tourist attraction. Large number of tourists visit this temple in Orchha sightseeing. Apart from this temple, tourists can visit to Orchha fort, Jahangir Palace, Cenotaphs, Rai Praveen mahal, Ram Raja Temple etc.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
At Orchha, we can experience all three seasons i.e. winters (Dec-Feb), summers (April - June) and monsoon (July - Oct). Here winter period is good for visit. In peak summers, temperature reaches 45°C whereas in monsoon Betwa river gets flooded for sometime. Majority of tourists visits from October to April month.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
It is open for tourists in all season, from sunrise to sunset. Still months from October to April is best time to visit Laxminarayan temple. Tourists even come till June month. As Orchha town is located on the bank of Betwa river thus, in monsoon season, river may get flooded on heavy rainfall thus, tourists should avoid this period.
ACCOMMODATION
For accommodation option, their are many good hotels in Orchha. In list of Orchha hotels, we can find all category of hotels like budget hotels, standard hotels and luxury hotels.
NEXT TO
After visiting Lakshminarayan temple in Orchha, tourists have option to visit other destinations like Jhansi, Datia, Gwalior, Khajuraho, Panna National Park, Shivpuri, Chanderi etc.
RELATED LINKS
Khajuraho Temples Gwalior Ranthambore
Panna National Park Agra Link6


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