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“Orchha’s Ram Raja Temple: Divine Royalty Unveiled”

New Delhi : The Ram Raja Temple in Orchha joyously marked the momentous Pran Pratishtha on January 22, 2024, signifying the consecration of Lord Shri Ram’s divine presence in Ayodhya. This exceptional temple stands out as the sole place where Lord Shri Ram is venerated not just as a deity but also as a monarch.

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Originally the palace of Queen Orchha, the temple’s captivating history dates back to the 16th century AD, a testament to the queen’s deep devotion. During the completion of the Chaturbhuj Temple, the queen obtained a Lord Shri Ram statue from Ayodhya’s sacred Sarayu River. Amidst the temple’s ongoing construction, she placed the statue in the palace’s kitchen overnight. Remarkably, the next day, Lord Ram refused to budge, transforming the palace into a divine temple. Since that miraculous day, the Ram Raja Temple has witnessed a daily Guard of Honour for King Shri Ram, highlighting the deity’s unique dual role as both a divine figure and a royal sovereign.

Guided by Commissioner Smt Urmila Shukla, the Directorate of Archaeology, Archives, and Museums, Government of Madhya Pradesh, steadfastly works to preserve Orchha’s rich cultural and heritage assets.
The Directorate’s dedication extends to safeguarding esteemed monuments like the Chaturbhuj Temple, Jahangir Mahal, Cenotaphs of Orchha, Raja Mahal, Laxmi Temple, and numerous other historical wonders.

The Directorate of Archaeology has earned commendable recognition for its unwavering efforts in conserving and preserving the state’s monuments and artifacts.

Smt Urmila Shukla’s leadership plays a crucial role in ensuring the longevity of Orchha’s cultural heritage, establishing it as a guiding light for future generations.

As the Ram Raja Temple observes the auspicious Pran Pratishtha ceremony on January 22, 2024, both devotees and heritage enthusiasts are welcomed to join in celebrating this distinctive fusion of divinity and royalty at the heart of Orchha.

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