Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shattering Reflection

…the right moment, position, & light 

©Dheeraj Pateriya 

Shutter speed : 1/2000 Sec
Aperture : f/8
ISO : 640

Item Code : DP16
Status : Limited Edition - 10, Available  

Size : 40*45 
Euro : 800

The shattering reflection cenotaphs.

Orchha is believed to be founded in the 16th century by a Bundela Rajput chief named Rudra Pratap.
With the solemn row of pale brown weed-choked domes and spires, the riverside Chhattris or cenotaphs are Orchha's most melancholy ruins. These are temples constructed as memorials to illustrious Bundela kings. The banks of the Betwa river are dotted with 14 of these cenotaphs.

Indeed the Chhattris are best viewed from this bridge or from the boulders on the opposite bank, where one can see their remarkable silhouettes against the setting sun & their reflections on the still waters of the Betwa. An image that will surely stay in everyone’s memories for a long time. Early morning glow on the chhatris give them a golden colour which is also superbly reflected in the calm waters of the River Betwa.

Fifteen cenotaphs to the Bundela Kings and members of their clan are located on the southern bank of River Betwa. These include the chhatries of Madhukar Shah, Vir Singh Deo, Jashwant Singh, Udait Singh, Pahar Sing and others. Most of the cenotaphs are designed in Panchaytan style. They are constructed on an elevated square platform. The sanctum is square shaped and in the center. The upper portion has been made angular with arches. The peek of the sanctum, sanctorum is patterned in Nagar style of temple architecture. 

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