Chaturbhuj Temple is one of the most fabulous and ancient architectural marvels in Orchha. Chaturbhuj Temple is located to the south of Khajuraho, and is commonly known as Jatarika Temple after the name of the village where it is situated. It is believed to be built by the king of Orchha, Raja Madhukar Shah, between 1558 and 1573.
The name Chaturbhuj is where Chaturmeans Four and Bhuj means Arms which literally translates to “One who has four arms” and refers to Rama an avatar of Vishnu.
The temple was originally built to deify an image of Rama, as the chief deity, which however was installed in the Rama Raja Temple inside the Orchha Fort complex. At present an image of Lord Vishnu with four arms is worshiped in the temple.
It is said that Maharani Gansh Kunwar, wife of the Ruler of Orchha, Raja Madhukar built this temple for Lord Rama. She wanted to relocate the idol of Rama that was placed in Rani Niwas (her private apartments) to the temple. But the idol refused to move. Thus, the king instead of Lord Rama, places the idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms in the temple. That is how, the name Chaturbhuj temple was attained.
Chaturbhuj temple, seemingly divided into three portions. The main temple with the Garbha Griha has the tallest Shikhara which gives a beautiful impression of a temple architecture blended with that of palace. The central portion of the temple has gone up in four storey. The third portion of this temple on all the three sides resembles the palace of the central portion. While, the fourth and last portion is in the shape of a gateway which is still remained unfurnished. Lotus emblems and other symbols of religious significances provide a delicate exterior ornamentation. Within the sanctum is chastely plain with high, vaulted walls emphasizing its deep sanctity.
The temple is the finest venue for one to go and seek the divine solace. The environment of the temple is very peaceful and calm. The temple is spacious enough to accommodate a large crowd and is lighted throughout the day with the sunlight.
Nearby Places to Visit:
· Ram Raj Temple
· Orchha Fort
· Royal Cenotaphs
· Jehangir Mahal
· Dauji Ki Kothi
City : Orchha
Dist. : Tikamgarh District
State : Madhya Pradesh
Country : India
How to Reach:
Nearest Airport is Gwalior and Khajuraho. Several airlines connect Khajuraho to other major cities like Delhi, Varanasi.
The nearest railway station is Jhansi, which is also a major junction in central India. Several trains connect Jhansi to the rest of the country.
Orchha lies on the road between Jhansi and Khajuraho. Gwalior is another important destination in Madhya Pradesh is only 120kms away from Orchha by road. Distance of Orchha from Delhi is approximately 418 km.
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