Sri Chaturbhuj Temple

Chaturbhuj Temple Orchha
Vital Information for Visitors

Chaturbhuj Temple, behind Ram Raja Temple, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Timings :

05:00 AM – 12:00 PM
04:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Entry Fees:



Approx 30 Minutes


Diwali & Ram Navami


Built for Lord Ram but presently image of Shri Krishna-Radha is installed.

Nestled on the banks of the Betwa River in the quaint town of Orchha, stands the magnificent Chaturbhuj Temple (चतुर्भुज मंदिर). This ancient temple is a testament to the rich history, remarkable architecture, and spiritual significance that have drawn countless visitors and pilgrims for centuries. The Chaturbhuj Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, holds a pivotal place in the history of Orchha, a town renowned for its grand palaces, cenotaphs, and temples. Its name, "Chaturbhuj," translates to "four-armed" in Sanskrit, a direct reference to Lord Vishnu, who is often depicted with four arms. The Chaturbhuj Temple was constructed in around 16th century. The top of this temple is the highest in Orchha. In the temple, the past of this place is depicted. Its construction was initiated by king Madhukar Shah and completed by his son king Vir Singh Deo. As per a legend, the temple was constructed in a period of only one year. This temple attracts maximum number of tourists in Orchha. The temple is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India. In nearby region, the Chaturbhuj Temple is also known as Jatarika Temple.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Chaturbhuj Temple's history is the reason for its construction. It was built for Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The idol of Ram was brought to Orchha from Ayodhya by the queen herself. As per the legend, on Queen Ganesh Kunwari’s request, Lord Ram agreed to move to Orchha but with a rider that the first place where she will seat Him will become His final place to stay. Since the queen, being tired of long arduous journey from Ayodhya to Orchha, temporarily placed the idol of Ram in the palace. But, when the idol was attempted to shift from palace to Chaturbhuj Temple later on, Lord Ram insisted on staying where he was temporarily placed – the nearby Raja Ram Mandir. Hence, the Chaturbhuj Temple remains unique among Hindu temples, as it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu without his idol. At present, an image of Shri Krishna & Radha is worshipped in the temple. The temple also holds historical significance as it served as a place of worship for the royal family of Orchha. Its role as a sacred abode for the kings and queens underscores its spiritual and cultural importance in the region.

The Chaturbhuj Temple is a masterpiece of Bundeli architecture, comprising salient features of Nagar style of temple architecture. Its awe-inspiring design and meticulous craftsmanship have left architects and historians marveling at its intricate details for generations. The temple is built on a 4.5 meter high plinth. It is reached by scaling a flight of stairs. The temple's exterior is a sight to behold. Its soaring spires and intricately carved facades showcase the mastery of the artisans who worked on it. The red sandstone used in its construction gives it a warm and inviting appearance, contrasting beautifully with the blue sky above. The temple boasts multiple spires, each adorned with ornate carvings. The central spire is the tallest, rising prominently above the others. These spires are a hallmark of North Indian temple architecture and symbolize the connection between Earth and the divine. What truly set the Chaturbhuj Temple apart are its exquisite carvings. Various symbols of religious significance like Lotus emblems provide the delicate exterior ornamentation. The entire temple is covered with detailed reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu scriptures & epics, including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. These carvings narrate stories of gods, goddesses, and epic heroes, bringing the temple to life with their rich symbolism and storytelling.

The temple's spacious ‘mandapam’ (hall) is supported by intricately carved pillars, each a work of art in itself. It is an essential part of the temple where devotees gather for prayer and ceremonies. The ceiling of the ‘mandapam’ is adorned with a mesmerizing lotus motif. Though the Chaturbhuj Temple lacks an idol of Lord Vishnu (भगवान विष्णु), its inner sanctum is a serene space. Devotees visit to offer their prayers and witness the divine energy that permeates the temple. The sanctum is adorned with traditional lamps and sacred symbols, creating an ambiance of devotion and tranquility. The temple's entrance gate too is marked with detailed carvings and grand arches.

Beyond its architectural splendor and historical importance, the Chaturbhuj Temple holds profound spiritual significance for devotees and tourists alike. While the temple does not house a physical idol of Lord Vishnu, it remains a place of worship. It comes alive during religious festivals, particularly during Diwali (दिवाली) and Ram Navami (राम नवमी). Elaborate rituals, ‘bhajans’ (devotional songs), and processions are organized, drawing devotees from far and wide. The serene surroundings by the Betwa River enhance the spiritual experience.

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