Khajuraho is a group of monumental Jain temples and Hindu temples. This is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples here are famous for their drum-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most of the temples here were built by the Chandela dynasty between 950 AD and 1050 AD. The temple here is dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism. The temple is located in the Vindhya range in central India. Historical record that the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by the 12th century, but of these, only about 25 survived.
The best display of Yashovarman’s heritage has been done by Laxman Temple. The Vishwanath temple best highlights the reign of King Dhanga. The largest and currently most famous surviving temple is Kandaria Mahadev which was built during the reign of King Vidyadhar. According to local mythology, the temples had two golden palm trees as their gates, hence the name Khajuraho. Of the surviving temples here, six are dedicated to Shiva, eight to Vishnu and his deities, one to Ganesha, one to the Sun God, three to Jain Tirthankaras. The Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.
Places to visit near Khajuraho
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
This temple was built around 1025-1050 AD. This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. With beautiful frescoes of women in various postures adorning the walls of this temple, this place is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Khajuraho. The temple has an image of more than 800 women, most of whom are 3 feet tall. This temple is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple of the medieval temple group. Made of a typical sandstone structure, the artistic representation of eroticism on the walls of this temple are bound to give a new perspective on India’s cultural heritage.
The architecture of this temple is an aesthetic blend of Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist styles. This temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanath. This temple was built in the 10th century. The temple has Vaishnava themes in its outer walls, despite the Jain affiliation. It is believed that this temple was earlier dedicated to Lord Adinath. Then in 1860, a statue of Parshvanath was erected in the main womb. A statue of Adinath was placed in the secondary temple attached to the back of the temple.
The Chaturbhuj temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The name of this temple is derived from the original Sanskrit. In Sanskrit, Charbhuj means four-armed. This is the only temple in Khajuraho that lacks erotic sculptures. The temple is free from any erotic carvings or sculptures and is therefore considered a unique temple in the region. This temple is also known as the Jatkari temple.
This temple is one among the western group of temples. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. An impressive image of Brahma is also kept in this temple. The construction of this temple was completed in 999 CE or 1002. It is believed that this temple was built by Chandela Raja Dhanga. The temple is made up of two lingas, one of which was made of Marakateshvara. The other gender – Pramathanath was made of stone.
The Lakshman Temple was built by Yashovarman in the 10th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is located in the West Temple Complex in Khajuraho. The horizontal beam at the entrance of the temple depicts the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Unlike other temples in Khajuraho, its sanctum sanctorum has a pancharath on the scheme.