Small as Orchha is, the village is a very religious place what with all the temples and cenotaphs. So, with this in mind, there are several Sadhu's (Hindu holy men) around so expect to get approached by them asking for their photo to be taken and give them a small contribution as this is what they live on.
Feeding the poor
After visiting the palaces and walking around the temples, it was approaching lunchtime and as I was walking towards the restaurants near the palaces, I walked through the square in front of the Ram Raja Temple and saw the local poor being dished out food as they sat on the floor. I presume this food came out of the temple donations but it was quite a surprise to see in a village so small.
Bindis are dots traditionally worn by women in India to decorate their faces. The Bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating in all forms of body decoration. Hindus wear a tilak (a red dot by women and an elongated dot by men and called a tikka) on their foreheads, between the two eyes. This point is known by various names such as Ajna chakra, Spiritual eye, Third eye and was said to be the major nerve in the human body, in ancient times. But, today it has become more of a fashion style with various colours which you can see being sold everywhere in Orchha.
Orchha can get pretty hot in summer with temperatures as high as 47C with a minimum of 21C. The winter day time temperatures can be mild during the day with highs as much as 32C but at night it can get down to 4C.
The rainy season is July to September and on the whole, the best months to visit are from October through to March.
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Visiting a bazaar around Holi time you will see many dishes of brightly coloured powders piled in the shape of pyramids. This is Gulal. On the full moon day or first day of Holi, this coloured powder is placed on platters (or thali) along with coloured water in small pots and then sprinkled on each member of a family by the oldest male within that family or applied to the forehead or the parting. This is done as a good omen.
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