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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 and Matsya Avatars  - Second and First Avatars of Lord Vishnu.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, OrchhaLords Narasimha and Varaha - 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 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 being worshipped.
Paintings of Raja Mahal, Orchha
Elephant ride & Jhoola (Swing) - Manmatha riding Elephant made 9 Rathis. 
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


Hampi Unseen -II



An obvious question that runs in any travelers mind about Hampi is the actual time required to explore Hampi in total. Most people, depending upon the period of vacation, number of places to be covered, purpose of visit, etc., decide the duration of travel which may vary from a few days to months. An elderly friend of ours was quite curious to know if we had explored Hampi completely and when he questioned us about the same, we replied with a smile and nodded our heads in a way that meant we hadn’t, and also affirmed him of doing it shortly.
Long time back, we had read about one, Mr. Robert in a newspaper which stated about him as follows, “He quit his job in Dutch and came to India, traveled many places and finally settled at Hampi. He has been a resident of Hampi and has been painting ever since”. Our search for him began when we stepped into Hampi. Having met him, seen the paintings and interacted with him about his passion for paintings about Hampi, we can say for sure that they truly are a reflection of the grandeur of Hampi and the life style of Lambani tradition. It is quite intriguing to know that Hampi has kept him motivated for a long period of 35 years and is still on. He says with pride that Hampi always has something new to offer him each day. Kudos to you from all of us Mr.Robert! After meeting Mr. Robert, it seems like Hampi is an ocean and any amount of exploration is just a drop in the ocean!
Robert's Workshop
Mr. Robert