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5 Destinations for A Quiet Retreat on Week-Ends Near Bangalore

Bangalore is a city known for its amazing advancements and discoveries in technology and is one of the busiest places in the country. However, not a lot of people are aware of the fact that the city also has some wonderful calm and quiet retreats for those wanting to clear up their heads and relax their mind and body during the weekend.

1.      Cubbon Park

Home to various exotic species of flora, Cubbon Park is the ideal place to go to if you want to take a back seat from the hustle and bustle of daily life and simple enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. There is greenery as far as the eye can see which makes it an extremely peace and serene place. The delightful park has rides for children and walking trails for all ages.

2.      National Gallery of Modern Art

The gallery is home to many beautiful paintings and masterpieces, most of which have great historical significance. What the gallery lacks in size and space, it makes up for with the specimens it houses like contemporary paintings and works by artists like Anjolie Ela Menon and Raja Ravi Verma. Located amidst a stunning garden, this is a place that art lovers and history enthusiasts must not miss on their trip to Bangalore.

3.      Lalbagh Botanical Garden

A mesmerising garden with even more mesmerising scenery, the Lalbagh Botanical Garden houses some of the most striking floral exhibits found within the country. There is a flower show held in January every year in which the garden and glass house is beautifully decorated according to a particular theme and the area sees an increase in the number visits by locals and tourists during this time of the year. This is the perfect place to go to if you crave a morning walk or an evening jog or if you simply want some peace and quiet from the busy city life.

4.      Turahalli Forest

Located near Kanakapura Road, this forest offers stunning natural beauty and amazing trekking potential for the adventure enthusiasts. The forest is one of the few Reserved Forests within the country containing exquisite flora like the eucalyptus trees with their exquisite aroma and gorgeous fauna like the charming peacocks found within the spectacular wood land and the scenery all around is absolutely breath taking. It is the perfect refuge for those longing for peace and quiet and is an ideal destination for trekkers and cyclists due to the moderately challenging terrain in some places. The forest also offers sports like rock climbing and hiking for those amongst us that pine for adventure and the exhilarating thrill that comes along with it.

5.      Ancient Temples and Monuments

Be it the Chokkanathaswamy temple in Domlur, the fort at Devanhalli, Tipu Sultan’s palace, the Bangalore Palace or places of great historical significance like Chikkajala, Hejjala and Savanadurga, the stunning city of Bangalore has it all. Take a romantic stroll with your lover or take a walk through the compound with friends and family. The magnificent structures and incredible architecture will make your jaws drop and eyes widen as they stare back at you with their enchanting splendour.

With lovely weather throughout the year, it is no wonder that Bangalore is a much-visited tourist destination and is on the bucket list of almost every other Indian residing within the country and abroad. It offers delicacies that resemble heaven on a plate and the choices offered for food lovers are countless. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and treat yourself to all the peaceful and serenity that Bangalore has to offer.

Author Bio:
Rohit, an avid traveller residing in India enjoys writing about his experiences on TransIndia Travels and hopes to visit every corner of the country and discover the many exciting cultures and cuisines that each place has to offer.




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Katarmal Sun Temple, Almora

Call of the blue skies and sight of mighty mountains makes a thrilling combination for an Explorer’s heart beats. Enjoying on the mountainous snaky roads and sometimes making the way out of non-existent roads to uncover hidden spots truly justifies the explorer spirit of a vagabond.

Where the first ray of sun falling on temple enlightens statue of Sun God in the temple! This phenomenon happens once in a year and attracts thousands of devotees from the nearby places. Let’s unearth one of the perfect offbeat destinations in Uttarakhand. In the picturesque Almora district of Kumaon region is the hidden Katarmal Sun temple. Despite being one of the biggest and tallest temples in the Kumaon region, Katarmal Sun temple is relatively unknown in the tourist circles.
Spectacularly nestled in the nascent pristine Himalayan ranges and enveloped by lush green surroundings in the Almora district of Uttarakhand is the “Katarmal Sun Temple”. Proud addition and latest entry in the list of offbeat destinations explored by this vagabond…!

From Almora there are 2 options to reach this temple, either a trek of 3 km. from the Kosi main market or drive for 3 km. and then explore the way out through a 2 km. unpaved road. We were ready to trek for 3 km. when someone told about the unpaved road, which was actually road under construction. Nonetheless car was able to go all the way to the final point at Katarmal village. And the last 300 m. from inside the Katarmal village has to be covered on foot, around 10 minutes walk. With lot of expectations we started the final march towards the Katarmal temple. Our excitement to reach the temple, did not let us take a break even for a cup of tea. We were ready to click lifetime memoirs on this hill top temple. .
There are also 44 smaller temples around the main temple devoted to Sun God. The smaller temples are dedicated to Shiva-Parvathi, Lakshmi-Narayana and various Gods and Goddesses. The spacious compound in the front is enough to depict the glory of the bygone times. Check out the smaller temples opposite to the main temple...
Why One of the temple which is directly opposite to main temple has a square hole above the pillars? Strange...
Believed to have constructed by the King Katarmal of Katyuri dynasty, somewhere around 9th century. Main temple is dedicated to Sun God, Vraddhaditya or Baraditya...There is not even a proper approach road to this temple, think for a moment how this mammoth construction would have carried out in the past times. A proud moment for engineering acumen available in India in ancient times…!

Temples on the left hand side of the main temple. Some pillars look different from rest, due to restoration work by Archaeological Survey of India ..

One extremely small temple...

All of a sudden I realised that the gates of the main temple are not the original ones. The caretaker told that the original carved wooden doors and panels are safely resting at the National Museum, Delhi. Katarmal Sum temple has been declared a monument of national importance under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958.


One carved structure...










While moving around, I asked the caretaker, why this temple is called as Sun temple, just because Sun God is worshipped here? He took us in front of the Square hole visible in one of the smaller temples just opposite to the main temple. This square hole in the walls of the temple is meant to guide the first ray of sunlight to the Sun deity. The sun rays strike first the circular structure in front of the hole. That’s why this sacred moment which happens once in a year attracts devotees from far of places. The mystery of square hole finally resolved.


Lets enjoy a video walk through of the Katarmal Temple...


Finally the incredible views of the Almora valley from the temple! No words, just clicks. Someone has rightly said, it is the journey of thousand steps that makes the view from top so exhilarating…
Blessed are the people who are natives in these heavenly valleys. Vow, we also didn't wanted to go anywhere from this magical spot, but we had a train to catch in the night and come again to the maddening city life.
Good news for the travellers that a road is being constructed to ensure easy access to the Katarmal Temple.

We started early morning from Jageshwar Dham just to ensure we have ample time in hand to discover the Katarmal temple. If you are reaching Kathgodam in the morning, then you should first visit Katarmal on the way to Jageshwar Dham/ Patal Bhubanaeshwar.

Last spot in our itinerary was Bhimtal which we skipped during our drive to Jageshwar. And we still had time to enjoy that also. What this trip had turned out to be...simply Amazing...!!!

To reach Katarmal:
Situated in Almora district, Katarmal is 130 km. from Kathgodam, 16 km. from Almora town and 24 km. from Dwarahat (left turn) while on the way to Almora/ Jageshwar Dham. 2 hours are all which is required to experience this architectural marvel. Road is in pretty good condition, you may try for self driving too.

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Hiking to Cliff TROLLTUNGA, Norway

Contributed by Jennifer Schlüter, www.discoveringlegacies.com..

When was the last time you drove 100 miles for a cup of coffee or you decided to enjoy trekking while your friends preferred the cosy drive by road. Well those who are driven by Passion, always hear to their heart rather than comforting brains...One fine night our friend Jennifer decided to trek through the secrets of night in Trolltunga just to catch the Sun by surprise. Rest all, lets hear the inspiring adventure filled travel diaries of Jennifer, in her words...

It was 9 in the night when we arrived in Skjeggedal, the path ahead for Trolltunga, one of the world’s most breath taking (literally!) hikes. As we started to climbing rocky steps of the first kilometre, almost everyone coming down was greeting us with confused eyes asking us that why are we going up at this time? I translated this to: “Are you crazy?! Why would you hike 6 hours through the night?” – because that had been the initial reaction of my friends after I told them about my idea.

“Hike through the night to see the sunrise up there?”, “Why would you do that? That’s got to be dangerous! What if you get lost?” But simply because I don’t do things like everyone else and because I don’t like having tourists in my pictures or waiting in line for two hours to take a rushed photo, I wanted to hike through the night to catch the sunrise at 4 AM plus, the lighting and the atmosphere are much more magical obviously.

So here we were, as the only group hiking up the 11 km (7 miles) well-marked trail, only to be joined by an Australian couple much later. What I hadn’t planned for and thus didn’t expect was the full moon rising above the mountains. Lucky! We had planned for everything else however: Warm layers of clothes, lots of energy food and water, a cooking pot for Ramen and hot chocolate, raincoats, and head and flash lights. Surprisingly, we did not need the latter because it stayed quite bright throughout the night.


Once we reached Trolltunga, we all were stunned by the beauty nature had created. Even the best photograph fails to project what you actually see when you’re up there. You’re surrounded by mountains partially covered in snow, and down below the deep blue water weaves through the valley. When it’s clear, you can see miles of land nearly untouched by man. A place which looks unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. You can’t help but ask yourself how someone thought of hiking the mountains in the middle of nowhere for six hours and discover the so called troll’s tongue.




While getting there was not as rough as expected, our way back became super painful for me towards the end because I was wearing shoes that were too tight. With every step down, my toes hit the front of my shoes so hard, that it was better for me to take them off for the last 3 km. Out of pain and exhaustion, I couldn’t stop crying and had to lean on my friend for support. This took us at least two hours longer, but in the end, the troll’s tongue was more than worth it. It’s something you should do at least once in your life, and add to your bucket list right now!

To give you an idea about the hike, here are some tips:

1. Fly into Bergen and spend one or two full days there because it’s definitely worth it. Or fly into Oslo and take a bus/train/car from there.

2. From Bergen, there are busses to Odda, a town close to the trailhead of Trolltunga, which cost around 300 NK.

3. Stay at least two nights in Odda or Tyssedal (I can recommend the Trolltunga Guesthouse in Tyssedal, where I had a great stay). In case it rains one day, you can choose to hike the next day. And if you hike the first day, you’re glad you can rest somewhere close right after the hike. You can also camp anywhere on the trail, even at the very top.

4. Pack the following: Warm layers of clothes (it can be sunny and nice at the bottom but windy and snowy towards the top), comfortable, waterproof shoes (you will cross a few waterfalls), one bottle of water (it’s safe to refill it at any one of the waterfalls), hiking sticks or a stick you find there (it’s much more comfortable to have some support), high energy and good carb foods such as nuts, cereal bars, berries, apples, or bananas, flashlight or head light, a beanie or headband to cover your ears (the wind can be icy), gloves, blister band-aids and tape (tape your toes and shoulders where your backpack straps are).

5. Plan in some more money for the transport from Odda or Tyssedal to the trailhead (our cab for four people from Tyssedal to Skjeggedal was 400 NOK and some busses are 50 NOK per person, for example. Prices can vary).

6. You can’t hike from October 16 until March 18; from March 19 until June 15 and September 15 until October 15 a guide has to assist you, so plan accordingly. Snow is very likely during shoulder season, and even in the summertime, you might encounter snow or snowfall.

(* NOK – Norwegian Krone, the currency of Norway)

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9 Offbeat locations in Madhya Pradesh that will fascinate you

Madhya Pradesh is known as the heart of India as it is the state that is geographically located right in the middle of the country. Madhya Pradesh has seen the rise and fall of many kings and kingdoms with cities like Ujjain playing a pivotal role in bringing prosperity to the city. The state attracts a flock of tourists every year due to the presence of many historical monuments like the Khajuraho temple and Sanchi Stupa. Being the state with the highest forest cover in India, Madhya Pradesh is also home to a lot of rare and indigenous species of flora and fauna. But these are facts that you already know. For travellers who are looking for more, here are 9 Offbeat Locations in Madhya Pradesh That Will Fascinate You.

1. Orchha

The historic town of Orchha lies on the banks of Betwa River was founded in the 16th century by Rudra Pratap Singh, who was the ruler of the princely state of Central India. The town still holds the grandeur of the fallen kingdoms with a lot of temples and monuments that will take you travel back in time. Orchha fort is a visual treat due to its location on the islands of Betwa River. Chhatris, Dinman Hardul’s Palace and Jhansi Fort are the nearby places to visit. The architecture and wall paintings in Laxminarayan Temple, which was constructed in 1662 is a wonder of its own. Read more about Orchha...

2. Mandu

Mandu is a ruin city that is protected by the plateau of Malwa to the north and the valley of the Narmada River to the south. Jahaz Mahal or the Ship Mahal was a construction by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Khilji. The palace looks like a ship that is about to set sail leaving its reflection on the water. Baz Bahadur’s Palace and Hindola Mahal show the influence of foreign architecture in India. Champa Baoli is a step well that draws inspiration from the construction of Turkish Baths.

3. Panna

Panna National Park situated on the banks of River Ken is a home of many animals and one of the best maintained national parks in the country. Just near the Panna National Park is Pandava Caves and Falls. This place is said to be the location where the Pandavas stayed during their exile. The copious vegetation entwined with the whispering rills is a sight to behold. Other attractions in Panna are the diamond mines and Raneh Falls. Panna is also a place with a lot of temples such as the Padmavati Devi temple and Jugal Kishoreji Temple. The Baldeoji temple with its Roman-style architecture is a unique construction that stands out.

4.  Burhanpur

Burhanpur was a city that flourished under the Rashtrakuta Dynasty and there are many forts and towers that still carry pages from the history. The Asigarh Fort and Shahi Kila are located along the banks of river Tapti. The Zanana Hammam in the Shahi Fort is a construction that is a smooth portrayal of Persian architecture which inspired the Mughals. Burhanpur is also a major Muslim Pilgrim Center. Jama Majid and Dargah-E-Hakimi are visited by thousands of devotees every year.

5. Shivpuri

Shivpuri is a place where nature’s colors are at its best. The Bhadaiya Kund is a natural spring for a refreshing journey. The water in Panihar is considered to be holy and meant to wash away your sins. Karera Bird Sanctuary and Madhav National Park add much to animal lovers rejoice. Banganga temple and Siddeshwar temple are some of the oldest temples in the city known for its sacred kunds and idols depicting the various Hindu Gods.

6. Tikamgarh Fort

Tikamgarh Fort or Garh Kundar Fort as it is locally known is situated on the hilltop on a village in Tikangarh district. The watch towers and citadels stand tall among the granite flooring and fallen masonry. The Fort is visible from far but appears to vanish as you get closer to it much adding to its clever construction. Rock Pillar inscriptions that tell the tales of Khangar kings can be seen on the walls.

7.    Maheshwar

Maheshwar Temple on the banks of Narmada River finds mention in the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Maheshwar is home to the best looms and fabric in the country and Maheshwari sarees are famous for its color and intricate details in the weaves. There are many shopping sites where you will get the best Maheshwari cotton sarees. Maheshwar is a major pilgrim centre for Hindus with places such as Ahilyeshwar temple and Jaleshwar temple that are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

8. Chanderi

Although Chanderi sarees have been famous for a long time among the womenfolk in the country, this small town is slowly earning a place in the popular destinations in Madhya Pradesh. Chanderi Fort and Koshak Mahal are epitomes of Afghan and Mughal architecture in the country.  Kati Ghati, a gateway which was cut out of a single rock forms the entry to Chanderi from Malwa and Bundelkhand regions. The view from the place is spectacular with Ram Nagar Museum and Ram Nagar Lake on one side and the Jain Temple and the fort on the other side

9.  Tincha Falls

Tincha Falls is located near the city of Indore and is a place for a picnic for families. The waterfalls are opulent during the monsoon. You can just pack some food and spend an evening with the family gazing at the water. Kaligarh Fort near the Tincha Falls and Kajligarh Mahadev Temple surrounds the place. On the way to the falls, you will find wildlife being in harmony with nature with birds like peacocks wandering seamlessly along the place.

If you are looking for new sites to explore upon in Madhya Pradesh, then this list will not disappoint you. Far from the troop of too many tourists, you can find peace in a quirky and peaceful location.

Author Bio
Rohit: A travel enthusiast and blogger, Rohit loves embarking new journeys across India. Read more of his eccentric experiences in his blog TransIndia Travels.




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Pandharpur - Place of Lord Panduranga (Vitthal)


Vitthal temple, Pandharpur – Solapur District, around 200 km. from Pune city – via NH9, is the main centre of worship for the Hindu deity Vitthal, believed to be a local form of God Krishna or Vishnu. It is the most visited temple in Maharashtra. The Warkaris start marching from their homes to the temple of Pandharpur in groups called Dindi to reach on Aashadhi Ekadashi and Kartiki Ekadashi. A dip in the holy river Chandrabhaga on whose banks Pandharpur resides, is believed to have power to wash all sins. All the devotees are allowed to touch the feet of the idol of Vithoba. In May 2014, the temple became first in India to invite women and people from backward classes as priests.

Saga of Pundalik – Pundalik is a devoted son to his parents Janudev and Satyavati, who lived in a forest called Dandirvan. Later in life Pundalik began ill-treating his parents.
In the city of Kashi, Pundalik gets a strong realization that ill-treatment with the parents is the greatest sin.
Pundalik’s consciousness transforms and he becomes entirely devoted to his parents. By seeing his devotion Lord Vishnu comes and knocks at Pundalik’s door. He realizes that God is at his door but due to pure devotion towards his parents he asks God to stand outside on brick and wait until he finishes his duties.
Seeing this act, Visnu gets extremely impressed and the ever-loving God waits for his devotee. Pundalik asks God to stay back and bless all his devotees, God agrees and the Vitthal temple comes up there.

Queue Stand – Way to the temple goes through a 6 storey building. At the time of huge rush during festive season the crowd has to pass through every floor. It may take 3 to 4 hours, or more to get a glance/ the दर्शन of the deity. While passing by each floor you can purchase garlands from the vendors, sitting thereby, and snack, if you need a quick bite.


If you need more prasadam for distribution purpose – the shops are just outside the temple. You can buy prasadam, incense sticks, coconut, for offering, and other sacred items.









Beautiful Panduranga deities, whom you can establish in your home and offer prayers daily, are available with the vendors sitting outside the temple. Buy MANJEERA and perform transcendental kirtana at the holy place.



Janabai temple – A great devotee, Janabai, used to cook personally for the lord Panduranga.




VishnuPad Temple – Lord Vishnu stepped down at this place with his cow named Gopinath.


Narad Muni Temple – When the Dam gets open the temple will be visible completely, rest of the time it is submerged.





There is an ISKON temple – farm community in outskirts, approximately 5 Kms away from Vishnupad temple, where you can offer prayers to the beautiful deities of Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna.






Hare Krishna movement is a medium to make people Krishna conscious and to let them know their only goal, in this material world, is to serve Krishna, the supreme personality of godhead. Hare Krishna movement is dedicated towards awakening the lost consciousness and spirituality of the human society in this material world by preaching the transcendental philosophy of Bhagvad Geeta, Srimad Bhagwatam and Vedas.


Mahamantra – “HARE KRISHAN HARE KARISHNA KARISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE


                             HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE”
The Kali-santarana Upanishad states that if one chants this mahamantra daily, for at least 108 times, and follow the four basic principles i.e. no intoxication, no meat – eating, no illicit sex then he/she can be freed from the painful cycle of birth and death and go back to the supreme lord's planet Vaikuntha.
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, incarnation of Krishna, also instructs to chant this transcendental mantra to get liberation. Remember we are only the visitors on this planet, enjoy and find the true meaning of life...

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Orchha - Land of Forts, Palaces, Cenotaphs, Relics and Ruins

Going beyond the ravines of Chambal, we were on the way to explore a small hidden town of Orchha, which literally means hidden. Orchha is a small town in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh and is 125 km. from Gwalior and 15 km. from Jhansi. Kingdom of Orchha was established in the 16th century AD, year 1531 AD by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh on the banks of Betwa River. Orchha was developed as an impenetrable fortified citadel. Orchha fort complex consists of numerous temples, forts and cenotaphs (Chhatris), which all make Orchha an interesting spot to visit.

All good things shall start with a prayer to the Gods; first spot in Orchha shall be the Raja Ram Temple, an acclaimed temple which was earlier in fact a queen’s palace. This is the only temple in the world where Lord Rama is worshipped as King Rama.

Adjacent to Raja Ram temple is the gigantic Chaturbhuj Temple, built by the king Madhukar to idolize Lord Rama. However Lord Rama decided to rest in the Rama Raja Temple.
Read the interesting story about Raja Ram temple and Chaturbhuj Temple...

After praying, time to walk the heritage trail. Orchha fort consists of many palaces like Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal. Jahangir Mahal reflects the Bundela architecture. The views from the balconies in the palace are spectacular.

Raja Mahal is most ancient historic monuments in Orchha fort. Standing on the island created by Betwa River, Raj Mahal is surrounded by a battlement wall.

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Saga of Raja Ram Temple at Orchha

After exploring the Chambal ravines and an amazing pit stop at Sonagiri temples the road to Orchha was in front of us. We have driven for 15 km. from Sonagiri, when a fort along side a river came to our sight. It was the imposing 7 storied Datia Fort, also known as Bir Singh Palace. However no member of Datia royal family ever lived in this palace.


If you like to drive and explore the magic of offbeat places, Madhya Pradesh is the place you should be. All good things shall begin with praying to the Gods. So after driving for 51 km. and crossing the entrance doors for Orchha, we arrived at Raja Ram Temple. 

Raja temple is an acclaimed temple in Orchha which was earlier a palace, in fact a queen’s palace. The palace was turned into a temple and this is the only temple in the world where Lord Ram is worshipped as King Ram.

The story of Ram Raja Temple as told by the local peoples...

The King of Orchha, Madhukar Shah Ju Dev was a devotee of Banke Bhihari (Lord Krishna) while his wife Queen Ganesh Kunwari used to worship Lord Ram. One day both King and Queen went to worship in Lord Krishna’s temple which was closed by that time. The queen requested the king to go back but the king wished to stay. So both of them decided to stay back at the temple premises. To give company to king and queen there were a number of devotees who were singing and dancing outside the temple. It is believed that Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha embodied in person and danced with all of them and heavens showered golden flowers at this extravaganza of the Gods.

After that heavenly incident the king was craving to go to Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna but the queen wanted to go to Ayodha. As a result, fight for worship of Gods started between them as king did not liked the idea that queen was worshipping Lord Ram. So one day king got furious and asked queen to stop worshipping Lord Ram as Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha had come to dance with them and Lord Ram never appeared or embodied in front of them. Finally King told the queen to go and return only when she get blessed by child form of Lord Ram, only then king will accept her devotion. Extremely hurt by this behavior of king, queen left for Ayodhya on foot and sweared to return only with the child form of Ram or else will drown herself in Saryu river at Ayodhya. Such was the belief of the queen that as soon as she queen started her journey she ordered her servant to build a temple (Chaturbhuj Temple) for Lord Ram when she will return with Lord Ram with her. Near to Saryu river and close to Laxman fort queen started praying to Lord Ram and undertook strict meditation to please Lord Ram. When Lord Ram did not appear after long time of meditation and prayers, she gave up food but Lord Ram didn’t appear even then. Finally her hope surrendered and in despair, she jumped into the Sarayu river. Just at that moment a miracle happened and a child appeared in the Queen’s lap, and the child was none other than Lord Ram.





Lord Ram was moved with her prayers and pledged to fulfil her wishes, the queen requested Lord Ram to come with her in the child form to Orchha. Lord Ram agreed to go with her in child form but pur forward three conditions:
  1. I will travel only in Pukh Nakshatra. When Pukh Nakshatra will end I will stop and resume only when Pukh Nakshatra sets in again. In this manner I will travel from Ayodhya to Orchha on foot along with a group of sages.
  2. On reaching Orchha, I will be the King of Orchha and not your husband. And…
  3. Since the child form of Ram would travel in the queen’s lap, the first place where I will be seated will become my final place of stay and the place will be famous by the name of Ramraj.

Looks like the test for the queen was still not over, but the brave queen happily agreed to all the conditions. With Lord Ram in her laps, the Queen started her journey to Orchha. It took her 8 months and 27 days to reach Orchha from Ayodhya on foot (1574 - 1575) as the journey happened only in Pukh Nakshtra.

Meanwhile King Madhukar Shah had a dream where Lord Krishna scolded him on his discrimination between the Gods, and told him that Krishna and Ram are one and the same. Realizing his mistake, king offered due apologies and went to receive the queen with all royalty. By this time the soul of queen had been dedicated to Lord Ram, so material comforts did not mattered to her anymore. So queen refused the comforts and apologies offered by the king. The Queen told to the king that she now possessed Lord Ram in child form and she has got everything one could ever ask for. After reaching Orchha, queen returned to her palace with baby Lord Ram in her room with intentions to take Lord Ram to the Chaturbhuj Temple the next day.
Raja Ram temple from Chaturbhuj temple
Now according to Lord Ram’s third condition the place where queen seated the baby Lord Ram became the resting place of Lord Ram. Lord Ram transformed into an idol and got fixed in the queen's palace. It is believed that till this day the Ram Raja Temple is the queen's palace.

Originally, Lord Ram was in the standing position as he transformed himself into an idol. The queen used to serve Lord Ram for 3–4 hours every day in standing position. Seeing that the queen gets tired, Lord Ram requested the queen to serve him while sitting only. But queen refused politely saying that when the Lord is himself standing then how can she sit. On hearing this from the queen, it is believed that the deity had sat down. As promised by the queen, Lord Ram is the King (Raja) of Orchha, hence the name Ram Raja Temple. Till this date Lord Ram as a king rules over Orchha and everyday a guard of honour is held. Till date marriage invitation in this region is first sent to Raja Ram.

Raja Ram is sitting in Padmasana with left leg being crossed over to right thigh. It is believed that locating the thumb of left foot fulfills all the wishes of the visitors. The Ram Raja Temple is built on a square base and has an almost entirely plain exterior, relieved by projecting windows and a line of delicate domes along the summit.

Adjacent to Raja Ram temple is the gigantic Chaturbhuj Temple, built by the king Madhukar to idolize Lord Rama.

However Lord Rama decided to make his house in the Rama Raja Temple. The present deity in Chaturbhuj temple is Lord Sri Laxmi Narayan, Lord Vishnu. An idol of Lord Vishnu with four arms which was kept in this temple gave the name Chaturbhuj temple (Four arms). This temple is directly opposite the palace, so that the queen could have watched the worship of the Gods in the temple from her room. Colossal size of Chaturbhuj temple is in stark deviation from the normal construction size of temples in India. The Grand architecture of Chaturbhuj Temple attracts thousands of visitors every year. Check out from the other side...

Please note in the summers temples in Orchha are closed between 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Make your plans accordingly.

Pray to Gods and continue heritage exploration at Orchha.
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