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Orchha was the capital of the Bundela kingdom (in Central India) in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was eventually abandoned in 1783 after being attacked by the Mughals and the Marathas. What is left is a patch of ancient palaces and temples, untouched by time, spectacular in their desolation.

The palaces, the temples and the tombs were all built by the Bundelas around the 16th and 17th centuries. Although the Bundelas cremated their dead, they then built chhatris or cenotaphs over the remains which has left Orchha a mass of spires and domes.

Orchha's grandeur has thus been captured in stone, frozen in time, a rich legacy to the ages. In this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela retain much of their pristine perfection.

This is one of the 14 chhatris which line the bank of the River Betwa which flows past Orchha. Desolate in the sunset hues, past another day, it looks at the rising moon wanting to strike a conversation...as if to say – "How are you today?"

Composed a bit radically with the ultra-low horizon, because I wanted all attention on these two 'subjects'. Would be glad to get your feedback.

I dedicate this post to Shaeri, for two reasons...her fascination for Orchha & more importantly for her towering achievement as one of the winners of the prestigious Julius Marmur Research Awards 2008, for her research work. Please join me in offering Congratulations to Shaeri!

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