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MitawaliMitawali :-Situated at about a distance of 30kms from Gwalior, Mitawali gives a refreshing twist for those, who seek something new while visiting Thousand year old heritage of India. Mitawali’s “Chausath yogini mandir” or “Temple of 64 godesses” , having a structure similar to Indian Parliament, with a circular Courtyard, having Lord Shiva at its Centre, and 64 small rooms at its periphery, gives a new understanding of architecture, different from monotonous structures of temples, we are used to visit.
PadawaliPadawali -: Situated at about 5 kms from Mitawali, Padawali is known for It ruins and Small Fortress, however, having Little to offer in terms of Spectacle. Padawali boasts of its Title of “Mini khajuraho”.
Bateshwar TemplesBateshwar Temples -: Bateshwar Temples situated near Padawali, are said to be made in 8 – 10 century, Having Lush green environment, Place boasts of its Architectural magnificence. Most of the temples here are devoted to Lord Shiva. Later continue our journey with
Jain Temples of SonagirJain Temples of Sonagir -: Sonagiri means ‘Temple of Gold’, translated literally, This sacred place is popular among devotees & ascetic saints to practice for self-discipline, austerity and to attain Nirvana (Salvation) since the time of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu (The 8th Teerthankar), Five & half Crores of ascetic saints have achieved salvation (Moksha or Nirvana) from here, Making it a Sacred place, for the generations to come, Giving it the bountiful of tourist, and making it a Place for people to come and seek, Salvation in presence of their gurus teachings.The Samavsharan of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu came here for 17 times. Nang, Anang, Chintagati, Poornachand, Ashoksen, Shridatta, Swarnbhadra and many other saints achieved salvation from here. This is the unique place known as Laghu Sammed Shikhar covering the area of 132 acres of two hills. There are 77 beautiful Jain temples with sky high spires. Temple no. 57, is considered as one of the Main temples of Hill, as Acharya Shubh Chandra and Bhartrihari, achieved salvation here, and completed some texts, for the betterment of Humanity. This temple despite being vast in size is very beautiful, having attractive artistic spire, Principal deity here are Lord Chandraprabha, 11 feet in height. Two other beautiful idols of Lord Sheetalnath andParsvanatha are installed. There is a column of dignity (Manstambh) near temple 43 feet in height and an attractive model of Samavsharan. Other Attractions -:
- Other more than 77 temples on hill, there are 26 temples in the village, most of them are old enough.
- At Kund-Kund Nagar, on 25 feet high plate form, a colossus of Lord Bahubali in standing posture 18 feet in height has been installed, below it a hall is built to practice the meditation.
- Attractive models of Sammedshikar, Girnar, Champapur and Pavapur are constructed here. These are the places of salvation (Nirvana Kshetra) of 24 Teerthankars, images are pleasing to eyes.
- In all the Dharmashalas separate temples are built, details are as below: – Bhattarka Kothi Principal deity Bhagwan Shantinath Beespanthi Kothi (Temple of Mirrors) Principal deity Bhagwan Anantnath Terapanthi Kothi Principal deity Bhagwan Parsvanath Tyagi Vrati Ashram Principal deity Bhagwan Chandraprabhu Kund–Kund Nagar Principal deity Bhagwan Bahubali Delhiwali Dharmshala Principal deity Bhagwan Chandraprabhu
Jhansi FortJhansi Fort -:The construction of the fort is ascribed to the Bundela Rajput chief and the ruler of the kingdom of Orchha Veer Singh ju Deo Bundela in 1613.It was one of the strongholds of the Bundelas. Jhansi Fort had a Nominal face value before 1857.The fort standing in the hilly area shows the north Indian style of fort construction, where most of the forts were built upon rocks,as Their primary defence.There are 10 gates giving access to the fort. Some of these are Khanderao Gate, Datia Darwaza, Unnao Gate, Jharna Gate, Laxmi Gate, Sagar Gate, Orchha Gate, Sainyar Gate and Chand Gate. Notable sights in the fort are the Shiva temple, Ganesh temple at the entrance, and the Kadak Bijli cannon used in the uprising of 1857. The memorial board reminds one of the hair-raising feat of the Rani Lakshmibai in jumping on horseback from the fort. Jhansi Fort offers the tales of Rani Lakshmibai, In an Awe inspiring way, as it is the sole witness of those heroics, in the face of enemy.Every year in the month of January–February a grand occasion is held known as Jhansi Mahotsav when many eminent personalities and artists perform their play.There are certain acts, in which valor of Rani lakshmibai is sung.
Ram Raja TempleRam Raja Temple -: Ram raja temple is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage and receives devotees in large numbers regularly and is commonly known as Orchha Temple. The annual domestic tourist number is around 650,000 and the foreign tourist number is around 25,000. The daily number of visitors to the temple range from 1500 to 3000 and on certain important Hindu festivals like the Makar Sankranti, Vasant Panchami, Shivratri, Ram Navami, Kartik Purnima and Vivaha Panchami .The number of devotees who throng to Orchha range in thousands.This is the only temple where Lord Ram is worshiped as a king and that too in a palace. A Guard of Honour is held everyday, police personnel have been designated as Guards at the temple, much in the manner of a king. The food and other amenities provided to the deity at the temple are a royal repast. Armed salutation is provided to Lord Ram every day. In the temple Raja Ram is accompanied by Sita (on the left), brother Laxman (on the right), Maharaj Sugreev and Narsingh Bhagwan (on the right). Durga Maa is also present in the “Darbaar” on the right side. Hanumaan ji and Jamwant ji are praying just below Sita. The speciality of this temple is that Lord Ram has a sword in his right hand and a shield in the other. Shri Ram is sitting in Padmasan, with the left leg crossed over the right thigh. Festivals
- Rama Navami – March/ April
- Makar Sankranti – January
- Vasant Panchami – January/February
- Shivratri – February/March
- Ganga Dussehra – May/June
- Rath Yatra – June/July
- Haryali Teej – July/August
- Kartika Poornima – November/December
- Vivha Panchami (marriage of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita) – November/December
- Ganesh Jayanti – August/September
- Holika Festival – February/March
Raja MahalRaja Mahal -: Built during the 17th century, the Raja Mahal has withstood the test of time without losing its charm that transports you back to one of the golden eras of history. The palace is constructed beautifully with impeccable architecture and breathtaking grandeur. Resided by the erstwhile kings of Orchha, the palace has kept the soul of the India’s most eminent royalty intact through all these years. The palace has magnificent towers and spectacular murals which will make a visit here an absolute delight for any art enthusiast.The palace in the shape of a perfect square, is further divided into two courtyards. The main courtyard is flanked by the palace which has a four-storeyed building at one end of it. The other three sides have five-storeyed apartments. The Raja Mahal is simplicity personified with hardly any ornamental detailing, but the interiors house some splendid paintings. The outer courtyard has some beautiful arches arranged in floral patterns and carved out in lime mortar. A fine example of Mughal architecture with typical stone jali (lattice) work and multifaced arches can be seen at the entrance. Its exterior is simple, but the interior chambers of the palace are elaborately royal in its architectural design, decorated with murals of social and religious themes of Gods, Mythical animals and People. In the upper floor of the palace there are traces of mirrors in the ceilings and walls.Its windows, arcaded passages and layout plan are designed in such a way that the “sunlight and shadow create areas of different moods and temperatures throughout the day”.
Jahangir MahalJahangir Mahal -: The establishment of the Jahangir Mahal dates back to the 17th century A.D. when the ruler of the region Vir Singh Deo built the structure as a symbol of warm reception of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, during the latter’s first visit to the city. The entrance of the Jahangir Mahal, Orchha is marked by an artistic and traditional gateway.this palace was completed in 1598 by Bharath Bhushan after he defeated Vir Deo Singh of Bundela. This place is a classic example of Mughal architecture. The domes are built according to Timurid customs and the gates or Iwans are large enough to allow entry of War elephants. Also, the relatively higher position compared to surrounding area made this palace a very important palace for the Mughals. It is particularly famous for its paintings and architecture.The palace is built in four levels with elegant architectural features of both Muslim and Rajput architecture. Its layout is a symmetrical square built in the inner courtyard of the fort and has eight large domes. It has a plethora of rooms with arcaded openings, projecting platforms and windows with lattice design work. The roof above top floor of this Mahal is accessed through a steep stairway. It provides picture perfect views of the temples and the Betwa River outside the fort complex. The palace also houses a small archaeological museum.
Chaturbhuj TempleChaturbhuj Temple -: The temple was constructed by the BundelaRajputs of the kingdom of Orchha. Its construction was begun by Madhukar Shah and completed by his son, Vir Singh Deo. in the early 16th century. Madhukar Shah built the temple for his wife, “Rani Ganeshkuwari”, who was the ardent devotee of Lord Ram, An incarnation of Vishnu.The temple’s exterior is richly ornamented with lotus symbols. The building displays a blend of religious and secular styles taken from temple and fort architecture. The temple faces east and is located on an axis with the nearby Ram Mandir, which is inside Orccha Fort complex. However, there is not much ornamentation in the interior part of the temple.The ceiling of the central dome, which has several kiosks, is covered with bloomed lotuses. The exterior architectural features include “petaled stone mouldings, painted floral and geometric designs, cornices supported on lotus bud pendantive brackets, jewelled stone girdles, false balcony projections” the name of temple literally means the one with four arms, and Lord Vishnu has been referred as Chaturbhuj in various Hindu texts. Temple was built following the devotion of Queen of Orcha, but has become a centre of Devotion for many generations to come. Chhatris Chhatris -: Chhatris or Tombs are a part of Indian culture, In Orchha, This heritage is kept in line, with Some of the most magnificent of structures.Situated on the banks of Betwa River, Chattris is a set of magnificent royal tombs of the Maharajas, placed on a platform and supported by the pillars. The charm of Chattris is best experienced when it is viewed from a narrow bridge on the opposite side of the river, from where the entire reflection of the tombs can be seen. The domes are adorned with exquisite paintings, which add to the alluring appeal, which has attracted tourists since years. Elsewhere about the town there is an unusual variety of temples and tombs, including the Chaturbhuj temple, which is built on a vast platform of stone. The more unguarded and neglected of these buildings are popular hangouts for tropical bees, wasps, and other such excitable stinging creatures. Dhubela Museum Dhubela Museum -: Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum, popularly known as the Dhubela Museum, is a storehouse of antiques and artefacts. This museum, situated 16 kilometres away from Chhatarpur on the Chhatarpur-Nowgaon Highway, was set up in 1955 by Maharaja Chhatrasal (an Indian warrior, who established his kingdom in Bundelkhand). A major part of the collection here belongs to the Bundela Dynasty. This museum has eight galleries, each of which is unique and fascinating in its own way. The first two galleries exhibit belongings from the Gupta and Kalchuri dynasties. Here, you can see inscriptions, Sati pillars, copper plates and Shiva Linga. Next is the Jain Gallery that features beautiful artwork like images of Rishabhnath, Gomedh Ambika, Sarvatobhadrika and Chakreshwari. The Shaiva and Shakta galleries are known for sculptures that reflect Chandela and Kalchuri arts. The highlights of these galleries are the images of Suryaputra Revanta (Kalchuri Period), Ekmukhlinga and Gajasurvadh. Besides, the theme-based Painting Gallery showcases prominent works related to the emperors of Rewa, Panna and Charkhari. The museum also has an Amusement Gallery, which has eight huge concave-convex mirrors that form funny and distorted images of visitors . Lastly, there is an Arms Gallery, which houses weapons like swords, shields, maces, bows and arrows, cannons and grenades. There are also theme based paintings, prominent work related to the emperors of Rewa, Panna and Charkhari. Inside the museum, there is an Amusement gallery that has eight huge convex-concave mirrors that entertain tourist by their funny images. It also displays the garments, weapons and paintings of the Bundela kings. The museum is surrounded by picturesque ruins of the kingdom of Maharaja Chhatrasal. There is a lovely lake below the ruins of chhatris and a large fort. Maharaja Chhatrasal Maqbara is one of those historical monuments of Chhatarpur that is actually the cenotaph of the Maharaja Chhatrasal and is also an important monument from architectural point of view. Maharani Kamlapati Cenotaph, Sheetal Garhi, Maheba Gate and Sri Krishna pranami mandir are other attractions here. Khajuraho Group of temples Khajuraho Group of temples -: The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; they fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions – “Hinduism and Jainism”. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. The local tradition lists eighty-five temples but now only twenty-five are standing examples in various stages of preservation. But for Chausath-Yogini, Brahma and Mahadeva which are of granite, all the other temples are of fine grained sandstone, buff, pink or pale yellow in colour.Yasovarman built the temple of Vishnu, now famous as Lakshmana temple is an ornate and evolved example of its time proclaiming the prestige of the Chandellas. The Visvanatha, Parsvanatha and Vaidyanatha temples belong to the time of king Dhanga, the successor of Yasovarman. The Jagadambi, Chitragupta, are noteworthy among the western group of royal temples of Khajuraho. The largest and grandest temple of Khajuraho is the immortal Kandariya Mahadeva which is attributed to king Ganda. The other examples that followed viz., Vamana, Adinatha, Javari, Chaturbhuj and Duladeo, are smaller but elaborately designed. The Khajuraho groups of temples are noted for lofty terraces (jagati) and functionally effective plans comprising of an ardhamandapa, acting as entrance generally adorned with makara torana and kakshasana, the mandapa, as the hall with antarala leading to garbha griha or sanctum. The larger temples have mahamandapas in front of the ardhamandapa. They also have minor shrines at four corners and thus categorized as pancayatana. The exterior of the temples are richly decorated. In contrast, Javari and Brahma temples are simpler creations. The sculptural establishments include, besides the cult images; parivara, parsva, avarana devatas, dikpalas, the apsarases and sura-sundaris which win universal admiration for their delicate, youthful female forms of ravishing beauty. The attire and ornamentation embrace the winsome grace and charm. Raneh Falls -: The Ken River forms a 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) long, and 30 meters (98 ft.) deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colors ranging from pink and red to grey. There is a series of waterfalls in the canyon. The larger and smaller falls run all through the year. Other seasonal falls appear during monsoon. This beautiful water fall is formed with pure crystalline granite in different colors like pink, green, misty white, and red to grey. The most fascinating thing about this place is that, there is dozens of small and big falls in regular stretches, some of them are seasonal having furious water flow during rainy season. Ken River encompasses Panna National Park, and Raneh water fall is just located where this Park begins, this cascading waterfall is magnificently possessed a scenic surroundings of rocks and invariable mounds around. Green pristine forest gives you a glimpse of complete natural paradise and so this is an ideal place for nature lovers. River ken is quite prominent river in central India in terms of crocodile conservation, as an alligator national park has been set up along the banks of this river. The climate here is very adaptable for both alligators and crocodile, though alligators are not native to ken river. Landscaping is become so spectacular in rainy season as the black and pink basalt rock provide a wondrous look and flourish water force gives a mesmerizing look. Some Other worth visiting places near Raneh Waterfalls is, Panna National park, And Ken Crocodile Sanctuary, Which will provide an experience not easy to forget.