Built by Chandela Kings, they are one of the most popular places of foreign
tourists in India. The Temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD. For five
centauries, this part of India was ruled by Chandela dynasty.
Only 22 Temples survived out of the 85 original Temples, to constitute one
of the world's great artistic wonders. Revived only in this century, the
Khajuraho Temples once again give evidence to a past grandeur
Built in the north Indian Nagara style the stones were given form to human
emotion in the form of spiritual and physical love.
The basic ground plan of the Khajuraho Temples followed a typical Hindu
Temple architecture that consisted of four compartments
- An entrance porch (ardhamandap)
- The vestibule (antarala)
- The sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha).
In some of the large Temples an extra Mandap with lateral transepts is
added for size and splendor
The Temples are divided into three groups:
» The Western Group -
The western group is the main
group of Temples.
- The Kandariya Mahadev :
This is one of the Temples within Western
Group and is a good example of Hindu architecture. The Temple represents the
Central Indian style of Temple architecture. It is one of the most developed
and the highest Temple, towering 31m high. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and
has marble Linga in the inner sanctum.
- The Matangeshwara Temple :
This is the only Temple within the
complex, where the Lord Shiva, the presiding deity is still worshipped
everyday with prayers and rituals.
- The Lakshman Temple :
The complex also boasts one of the finest
and the best preserved Temple. The sanctum doorway has a panel of
incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
- The Devi Jagdamba Temple :
This Temple has a standing Parvati
deity. The Temple is famous for its much talked image mithuna (the
sensuously carved figures of amorous couples) and its other erotic
- The Vishvanath and Nandi Temple :
These Temples depict the
marriage of Lord Shiva with Parvati.
- The Chaunsath Yogini :
one of the oldest Temple and is dedicated to goddess Kali.
» The Eastern Group -
The Eastern group is
mainly Jain Temple .and has three main Jain Temples within the complex:
The Parsvanath Temple The Adinath Temple The Santinath Temple
- The Parsvanath Temple :
It is one of the largest of the Jain
Temples and is dedicated to Adinath and later to Parsvanath.
- The Shantinath Temple :
It is one of the youngest Temples and
has a 4.5m Statue of Adinath .
- The Temple of Brahma and Hanuman :
It is one of the oldest
Temples and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
- The Brahma Temple :
The Temple was built in early 10 th
Century has sand stone sikhara on the granite structure.
» The Southern Group :
This group has only two
Hindu two Temples
- The Chaturbhuj Temple :
- The Duladeo :
Khajuraho Dance Festival Travel
The festival is held for 10 days in March every year. Renowned Dancers
from all over India come to pay the tribute to the Gods and goddesses
enshrined in the Temples of Khajuraho.
This festival highlights the opulence of the various Indian classical
dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri
» By Air :
Well connected to Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.
» By Rail :
The nearest rail heads are Harpalpur (94 km)
and Mahoba (61 km). (117 km), on The Mumbai-Allahabad line of the
Central Railway for those coming from Mumbai, Calcutta and Varanasi.
» By Road :
Regular buses from Satna, Harpalpur, Jhansi and
Other Cities around Jaipur