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In the heart of Bundelkhand lies a fortified cluster of dwellings, temples and shrines bearing testimony to medieval legacy in stone - Orchha. Created by the Bundela Rajput chief Rudra Pratap in the 16th century, Orchha lies in Madhya Pradesh in central India.

A solemn row of pale brown weed-choked domes and spires, the riverside Chhatris are Orchha's most melancholy ruins. The fourteen chhatris or cenotaphs, memorials to Bundelkhand's former rulers, line parallel to the River Betwa, near the Kanchan Ghat. Many of these chhatris are not very well preserved.

This is one of chhatris, photographed as the sun was setting (you can see the twinkle through the leaves). Thirteen of these fourteen chhatris show a synthesis of Bundelkhandi Rajput/Hindu & Mughal style of architecture with arches, domes & temple like spires. While at dusk, or if the moon is full, a walk near the water’s edge revives the memory of the Bundela chiefs treading beside the silhouette of their imposing constructions.

Desolate in the sunset hues, past another day, the Chhatri echoed a melancholic mood, as the last of the sun rays filtered through the windows, in a warm reddish glow. In my mind echoed W.B.Yeats’ quote, "This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air." How different would it be if Orchha replaced London in this quote?

A wider view is in the Workshop…I was actually in two minds which one to post as the original....

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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