I was roaming from one mountain to another, getting lost in the world of stories, walking past to Betwa river to see the massive Chattris or Cenotaphs. It was 6am and was dawn in Orchha, An ancient city, which founded by Bundela kings in the 16th century. The medieval town houses palaces, temples and tombs. Here every monument tells a story – sometime it’s love or sometimes one of betrayal. Lot of mysteries and mysticism are hidden in almost every brick. One which I found very interesting about 236 chambers built over three storeys with an underground passage, a massive courtyard in centre, and decorated with ornate doors and domes, emotions literally run high in each part of it as Bundelas constructed that palace for just one night stayed of their friend and dedicated to that friendship. I am talking about Jehangir Mahal that stands for friendship between a Bundelkhand ruler, Raja Veer Singh Deo and Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. It is believed that Jahangir stayed here for just one night but it was all about for a title of “Maharaja”.
Orcha is also a centre of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Ram. Saffron-clad saints and singers give a touch of mysticism while local folklore narrates the story of deities’ entering in the queen’s palace. The Chaturbhuj temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple was meant to the original temple of deity. Laxmi Narayan Temple is hardly looks like a temple, which painted walls tell stories of wars, friendship and trade, from Laxmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi with her soldiers all set for war to entry of Europeans in Indian political scenario by socializing with king in high sprit. Roaming whole day and losing in the world of stories it was 6pm and Orcha was shrouded in coat of crimson and I was ready to return to my place for the night.