Monthly Archives: August 2014

Orcha – history fading with time

I wonder how many people are aware of a place called Orcha? At least I was not till I made a one day visit to this place which never came as prominently as other historical destinations in the pages of Indian History. Not being maintained by ASI, the rich heritage is gradually fading away and is evident when you look around. When we reached there at around 10 am on a Sunday morning, almost empty streets except a few foreigners spoke for itself on how such a place is being maintained and promoted for tourism etc. 

Orchha (or Urchha in Bundeli language which means “Attack”) is a town in Tikamgarh District of Madhya Pradesh (the second capital of Bundelkhand kingdom). The town was established by Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh in 1501, in the Bundelkhand region. Orchha lies on the Betwa River, 80 km from Tikamgarh & 15 km from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. It is said that when Maharaja Rudra Pratap Singh came here for hunting and was directing his dogs “Urcha”, “Urcha” which means “Attack” “attack” and thus the name “Orcha” came into existence.