Ram Raja Temple (or) Orchha Dham is located in Orchha, state of Madhya Pradesh and also dedicated to Lord Rama (An incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Ram Raja Temple is the only temple in India where Lord Ram is located in a palace and worshipped as a King. And the police staff have been appointed as guards of the temple. Armed greetings are imparted for Lord Ram every day and the offerings of Lord Ram are also provided as a royal feast.
This Ram Raja Temple is closely associated with the Madhukar Shah Ju Dev, the King of Orchha during 1554 to 1592 and His wife Queen Ganesh Kunwari. The presiding deity of Ram Raja temple is Lord Ram, found along with Goddess Sita on His left, Lakshmanan, the brother of Lord Ram, on His right, and also Maharaj Sugreev and Narsingh Bhagwan on the right.
Lord Ram is specially seen holding a sword in His right hand and with a shield in His left hand, and sitting in a Padmasan Posture (a yogic pose), only with left leg crossed over the right thigh. The Ram Raja temple also houses the deity of Goddess Durga Maa, in a separate shrine. Lord Hanuman and Lord Jamwanti are found praying Goddess Sita.
- Aarti – 9:00AM
- Rajbhog Chik – 12:30PM
- Aarti Rajbhog – 1:00PM
- Shyam Aarti – 7:00PM
- Biyari Ki Chik – 9:00PM
- Biyari Ki Aarti – 9:30PM
- Rama Navami – March/ April
- Makar Sankranti – January
- Vasant Panchami – January/February
- Shivratri – February/March
- Ganga Dussehra – May/June
- Rath Yatra – June/July
- Haryali Teej – July/August
- Kartika Poornima – November/December
- Vivha Panchami (marriage of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita) – November/December
- Ganesh Jayanti – August/September
- Holika Festival – February/March
There are regular bus services which travel this route and stop in Orchha. By road you are probably traveling either from Khajuraho or from Jhansi.
The nearest railway station to Ram Raja Temple is Jhansi railway station which is 13 Km away from Ram Raja temple.
The nearest airport to Ram Raja Temple is Maharajpur airport, Gwalior which is 112 Km away from Ram Raja temple.
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