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The Chaturbhuj temple with its wonderful improvised style, and its magnitude, dominates the town area of Orchha. As its name implies, it is dedicated to the "four armed" god Vishnu, and its layout visually reproduces these four arms. Built by Madhukar Shah, the King of Orchha, the temple stands on a huge stone pedestal, about 15 ft high, reached by a large flight of steps leading up to a porch.

This large temple bears close resemblance to a European cathedral. From its arched top to the huge entrances and the large hall, highlights the intuition of a church. The steep flight of steps towards the top of the temple is a fascinating attraction of adventure lovers where one can see the charm of the entire city. The architecture is marvelous. Whosoever designed it, took ideas from several places of worship. The white interior of the monument has cathedral like arches and pillars, the domes are modeled on ancient mosques, the alcoves recall 'mazaars', churches and temples. Madhukar Shah envisaged a secular abode for Raja Rama in this grand temple.

But Chaturbhuj is a desolate structure...it’s massiveness makes everything & everyone around it appear diminutive. The structure, very majestic yet very lonely & serene was I wanted to portray in my picture. After all, Chaturbhuj never ‘lived’ for the purpose it was built. In the Workshop, a picture taken from a similar POV but having a different sky (quite clear sky, the picture was taken around half an hour earlier)... My young daughter preferred the posted version because of the clouds, but I was thinking, maybe the clouds are a bit too white because of the sun just behind the temple? But then she said, the lonely Chaturbhuj in this picture, appears to make friends with the clouds...Kids & their imagination! So I decided to go with her choice.

The Workshop version has a clean blue sky (which I initially thought of posting, the picture being taken half an hour before this one). Which version would you prefer?

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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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