Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho – Jhansi
Orchha (or Urchha) is a town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh State. The town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh sometime after 1501, as the seat of an eponymous former princely state of central India, in the Bundelkhand region. Orchha lies on the Betwa River, 80 km from Tikamgarh & 15 km from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. The capital of the mighty “Bundela Rajput kings“, spells history almost in every part of the city. The monuments here retain the historic touch to give tourists an insight into its rich past. The location of the city in itself is picturesque with hills and lush greenery around making it picture perfect. If you are a lover of nature or history or both, you are sure to fall for Orchha, the beautiful ancient land in Madhya Pradesh Tourism where many a battle were fought…Read More
The name Khajuraho, or Kharjuravāhaka, is derived from ancient Sanskrit (kharjura, means date palm, and Vāhaka, means “one who carries” or bearer). Local legends state that the temples had two golden date-palm trees as their gate (missing when they were rediscovered). Desai states that Kharjuravāhaka also means scorpion bearer, which is another symbolic name for deity Shiva (who wears snakes and scorpion garlands in his fierce form).
Cunningham’s nomenclature and systematic documentation work in the 1850s and 1860s have been widely adopted and continue to be in use. He grouped the temples into the Western group around ‘Lakshmana’, Eastern group around Javeri, and the Southern group around Duladeva…Read More