MP Diaries - Orchha Chitra Katha, Painted to Perfection

The interiors of Raja Mahal and Lakshmi Temple are adorned with magnificent mural paintings depicting scenes from the Puranas, the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagvad Gita and the lives of kings and queens. The paintings are grand, impressive and simply spectacular. It is a feast for the eyes. In this post, we have made an effort to bring to you some of the best of paintings with its description.

Paintings at Raja Mahal

Kurma (Tortoise) and Matsya (Fish) Avatars  - Second and First Avatars of Lord Vishnu.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, OrchhaLords Narasimha (Man-Lion) and Varaha (Boar) - Fourth and Third Avatars  of Lord Vishnu.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Lords Parashurama (Man with Axe) and Vamana (Dwarf)  - Sixth and Fifth Avatars  of Lord Vishnu; Parashurama killing Kartavirya Arjuna (Sahasrarjuna) and the story of Vamana-Bali.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Lords Krishna and Rama -  Eighth and Seventh Avatars of Lord Vishnu.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
King and Queen on Chariot and Elephant God Ganesha.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Rama Darbar - Lord Rama with Goddess Sita and his brothers accompanied by Lord Hanuman in his Court.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Lord Ganesha (Elephant God) being worshipped.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Elephant Jhoola ( Elephant Swing)
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Hunting Scenes - Scenes depicting hunting of various animals by the king and his men.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
War Scenes - Depiction of war scenes involving soldiers on horses and elephants.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Queen and her Sakhis having a good time with Peacocks and Parrots.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Queen with Peacock
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Samudra Manthana - Gifts obtained during churning of the ocean by Gods and Demons such as Airavata, Amrut, Kamadhenu, Surya, Chandra, Uchchaihshravas and many more.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha

Paintings at Lakshmi Temple 

Anatashayana Vishnu - Lord Vishnu resting on serpent Sheshanag with Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Brahma emerging from Lord Vishnu's navel.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Garuda carrying Lord Vishnu - Garuda, the mythical bird and mount of Lord Vishnu carrying Lord Vishnu on his shoulders.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Goddess Gaja-Lakshmi - A form of Ashta-Lakshmi, four armed and seated on a Lotus between two elephants sprinkling water from pots.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Lord Hanuman fighting Demon King Ravana.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Panchamukhi Shiva - Five faced god representing five different forms of Lord Shiva viz., Ishana, Tatpurusha, Aghora, Vamadeva and Sadyojata.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Radha-Krishna - The romantic couple Radha and Krishna with Gopis.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Radhe-Krishna - Radhe and Krishna engrossed in each other.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Raja Mahal within Orchha fort.  
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
War between Jhansi and the British.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
Fort of Jhansi.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha
 Army of the Bundelas proceeding for War.
Paintings of Lakshmi Temple, Orchha


To be continued.
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