Lakshmi Narayan Mandir is a one of the three famous temple of Orchha and is counted among popular Orchha tourist attractions. It is located at about 20 kms away from Jhansi, on southwest side of Orchha village.
The magnificient Lakshminarayan temple was built by Vir Singh Deo around 1662. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi but there is no idol of any goddess inside temple. It presents a unique style of architecture. and is a perfect blend of temple and fort architecture. The structure of the temple is a rectangular one with four multi-faced projecting bastions at its four corners. It has been built with limemortar and bricks, with slots for cannons used during the wars. The walls of this charming shrine are elaborately decorated with fabulous mural paintings which reflect a mix of Mughal and Bundela painting styles and show pulsating compositions from mythological themes.
Within the Lakshmi Narayan temple, the carvings are displayed in a geometrical pattern and there are scenes from the life of Lord Krishna, adorned with flowers and animals. The altar of this temple is constructed in the shape of a yoni or vulva while its inner sanctum is similar to a Tantric cult. Another important structure of this delightful shrine is the flagstone path that connects this temple with the Ram Raja Temple.
The carvings on the central dome are exquisite. The pillars on the corners are ornate with carvings. There is a statue of Lord Ganesh on this structure. The subjects of the paintings are particularly unusual. While some of them illustrate episodes from the sacred epic, the Ramayana, and of the lord Krishna the eighth incarnation of the Preserver, others depicts mythical, martial and secular scenes. There in an interesting painting of legendary 'Shungi Chirya' the monstrous bird that could fly away with elephants captured in this talons. This could have inspired the Roc of the Arabian Sinbad stories. Then there are paintings of the siege of Jhansi fort by the forces of the British East India company.
Lakshmi Narayan temple can be visited during timings 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and there is no entry fees . It is open for tourists in all season, from sunrise to sunset. Still months from October - April is the recommended time to visit Lakshmmi Narayan temple. As Orchha town is located on the bank of Betwa river thus, in monsoon season, river gets flooded, thus, tourists should avoid this period.