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This picture was taken inside one of the latticed windows of Jehangir Mahal, Orchha's most admired palace.

The Jehangir Mahal Palace was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in early 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha. Three storeys of elegant hanging balconies, terraces, apartments and onion domes are piled around a central courtyard. From the highest balcony & the chhatri, through the beautiful & varied stone lattice-work windows (an example of a vivid combination of Hindu & Muslim architecture), one can get breath-taking views of entire Orchha.

Through this half broken lattice, we can see almost all the landmarks of Orchha, which are located within a radius of a couple of Kms. Just outside the window are the small chhatris on the roof top of Raja Mahal (built between 1554 and 1591), leading our view to the conical shikharas (spires) which crown the sanctuary of the mighty Chaturbhuj Temple. Bold in concept and as enormous as any European cathedral, Chaturbhuj Temple was constructed between the years 1558 and 1573 by Raja Madhukar. While earlier temples had fairly small enclosures, the Chaturbhuj Temple has a huge cross-shaped congregation hall.

Through the latticed windows, right of centre, we can see the white domes of the Ram Raja Temple, which was once a palace & then converted into a temple, & is the only place where Rama is worshipped not as God, but as King. Finally in the far distance (seen from the second from right column, third from bottom lattice window), partly hidden, is another marvelous structure of Orchha, the Lakshminarayan Temple.

I did try taking a lot of photographs of the Chaturbhuj Temple (like this), framed through the latticed windows of Jehangir Mahal. One such shot is posted in the Workshop.

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