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Ram Raja Orcha

Madhukar Shah Ju Dev (1554-1592) was a devotee of Banke Bihari (Lord Krishna) while his wife Queen Ganesh Kunwari was a devotee of Lord Ram.One day the King and the Queen went to Lord Krishna's temple but the temple had closed by that time. The queen urged the king to go back but the king wanted to stay. So both the king and queen decided to stay back. They joined a group of devotees who were singing and dancing in praise of Lord Krishna outside the temple and started singing and dancing. It is believed that Lord Krishna and Radha personified and danced with them and golden flowers were showered on them.

After this the king asked the queen to accompany him to Mathura but the queen wanted to go to Ayodhya.The queen was adamant at which the king said that "You keep praying to Ram but Ram never appears in front of us. If you want to go to Ayodhya then go, but return only when you have the child form of Ram with you." The queen left the palace and started the journey to Ayodhya. She ordered her servants to start building a temple (Chaturbhuj Temple) for Lord Ram.

On reaching Ayodhya, the Queen started praying to Lord Ram. The Queen fasted and prayed for about a month but Lord Ram did not appeared. So she jumped into the river. Just then Lord Ram appeared in child form in the Queen's lap. Lord Ram told the queen that she could ask for a boon, at which the queen asked Ram to come with her in child form to Orchha. Ram agreed to go but he put forth three conditions: "I will travel only in Pukh Nakshatra. When Pukh Nakshatra will end I will stop and resume only when Pukh Nakshatra sets in again. Secondly, once I reach Orchha, I will be the King of Orchha and Thirdly, the first place you seat me will be my final place." The Queen agreed and started her journey. It took 8 months and 27 days for the queen to reach Orchha from Ayodhya on foot (between 1574 to 1575).

King Madhukar Shah meanwhile had a dream where Lord Banke Bihari scolded him on discriminating between Lord Ram and himself. King was very apologetic. When he woke up he found out that the queen was returning from Ayodhya. King apologized to the queen but she did not accept king's apology. On returning to Orchha, the queen went back to her palace with baby Ram but Lord Ram transformed into an idol and got transfixed in the queen's palace itself.

To this day the Ram Raja Temple is in the queen's palace and not in the Chaturbhuj Temple .Additionally, as promised by the queen, Lord Ram is the King of Orchha, hence the name Ram Raja Temple

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