जहाँगीर महल

This palace-cum-fort was built by king Bir Singh Deo in honour of Mughal emperor Jahangir in the 17th century. The massive structure is a three-storeyed building built with red and yellow sandstone. It has 236 chambers laid around a central courtyard, out of which, 136 lie underground. The floors ascend or descend in a random manner, creating a visual spectacle. Huge bastions standing in four corners and a gigantic wooden gate complete its fort-like aura.

 

जहाँगीर महल

राज महल

Reflecting a mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the Raj Mahal is a majestic palace that is noted for its striking work of stone jaali. It houses two audience halls, the Durbar-e-Khas and the Durbar-e-Aam, which echo with vestiges of their past grandeur. Every year, thousands of visitors from various parts of the world pay a visit to Raj Mahal. On the top floor, one can marvel at the remains of exquisite mirror work on the walls. When sunlight falls on these mirrors, they create a surreal effect, lighting up the entire chamber. It is truly a sight to behold. Earlier, the palace acted as a lavish abode of royalty and is marked by its elevated balconies. The architectural genius is particularly noteworthy in the various floors that are interconnected by risen paths which are proportional tiers on all the four sides. The entire structure of the palace has towers and domed pavilion

 

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राम राजा मंदिर

Resembling a palace, this is the only temple in India where Lord Rama is worshipped as a king. The grand peach-tinted building with domes, was once the palace of queen Ganesh Kumari, the wife of king Madhukar Shah, the ruler of Orchha. It was known as Rani Mahal then.

 

राम राजा मंदिर

राय परवीन महल

This palace is dedicated to the beautiful poetess-musician Rai Parveen, who is said to have been the paramour of king Indrajit. The besotted king built this three-storeyed palace for her in 1618. Also called the Nightingale of Orchha by many, it is said that the reputation of her beauty and talent reached the Mughal court as well. Emperor Akbar sent orders for Rai Parveen to be sent to Delhi. Since the Orchha kingdom was under the supremacy of the Mughals, the command could not be disobeyed and Rai Parveen departed for Akbar's court in 1602.

The poetess, however, did not shy away from expressing her feelings and wrote a couplet that read "Viniti Rai Praveen ki, suniye Shah Sujan, juthi patar bhakat hain, bari, bayas, swan." This was indicative of the message that Rai Parveen was the beloved of another person and it would be against the dignity of the emperor to use her. Akbar was impressed with her intelligence and allowed her to return to Orchha laden with gifts and prizes. Today, a sound and light show is organised in the fort that relates the story of Rai Parveen.

राय परवीन महल