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MP’s Orchha added into tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Date: 28 May 2019 Tags: Architecture

The architectural heritage of Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh has been included in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) tentative list of world heritage sites. It was added in this list following proposal sent by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to UNESCO.


According to the rules, heritage or any historical site first has to be on tentative list in order to be part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. After it makes to the tentative list, another proposal is sent to UNESCO for its final addition in heritage sites. ASI in its earlier proposal had requested UNESCO to include Orchha in the list of cultural heritage.


It is situated on the banks of the Betwa river in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. It is located around 15 km from Jhansi of Uttar Pradesh and 80 km away from Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh.

Bundela dynasty: This town was built by king Rudra Pratap Singh of Bundela dynasty in the 16th century. The famous King of this dynasty Veer Singh Dev was close friend of Mughal emperor Jahangir and fought wars as Akbar’s aid.

Bundela architecture: The ancient town depicts peculiar style of the Bundela dynasty. It has Mughal influence since the two dynasties were very close.

Famous sites: It is famous for its Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha fort complex, Raja Mahal among others. It is also famous for its two elevated minaret called Saavan and Bhadon and its four palaces — Jahangir Palace, Raj Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Rai Praveen Mahal. It is also famous for its concept of open bungalows, stone work windows, animal statues depicting the culture of Bundelkhand.

Linkages with Ramayana: It is the only place in India where Lord Ram is worshipped as king with a dedicated temple in his name called Sri Ram Raja Mandir.

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