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Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. These temples are built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. The temples of Khajuraho represent some of the most exquisite specimens in medieval India, only 22 temples out of 85 now survive.

History
The art of Khajuraho India h
as a long history. Today the art of Khajuraho India is world renowned. The beautiful temples that dot the town of Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in 9th and 10th century AD. The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic and much has already been discussed their symbolic importance. Tantricism and the Shakti cult, where the pancha makaras (five tenets), namely, matsya (fish), madira (wine), maithun (sexual activity), mamsa (meat), and mudra (gesture) were to release the human spirit from the bondage of the flesh, have been described as the possible explanations for the sculptural sensuality of Khajuraho.
Out of 85 temples, only 20 have survived the ravages of time. Made of sandstone blocks fitted together, the temples are aligned east-west. For convenience, these may be divided into western, eastern, and southern groups of temples.

Places of Interest

The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three geographical groups viz, Western, Eastern, and Southern groups.Devi Jagdamba Temple

Western Group of Temples

Chausath Yogini One of the three granite temples in Khajuraho. Dedicated to Kali, it is also unique in being quadrangular. Only 35 of the original 65 cells remain and the image is the earliest surviving shrine
Kandariya Mahadeo It is the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple. Perfectly symmetrical, it soars 31m high.

Devi Jagdamba Temple
Another Kali temple, originally dedicated to Vishnu.

Chitragupta Temple
North of Devi Jagdamba temple and facing eastwards to the rising sun, dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. The idol, an imposing 5 feet in height, is driving a seven-horsed chariot.

Vishwanath Temple
The steps Vishwanath Temple leading to the temple on the northern side are flanked by lions and on the southern side by elephants. There is a impressive three-headed image of Brahma inside.

Eastern Group of Temples
Brahma Temple, Vamana Temple and Javari Temple

A double row of celestial nymphs adorn the outer wallsof the
Vamana temple in a variety of sensuous attitudes. Granite was used in the construction of the Brahma temple.

Parsvanath Temple The largest Jain temple in this group. Sculptures on the northern outer wall make this timeless, of a woman bending thoughtfully over a letter, a damsel removing a thorn from her foot.

Ghantai Temple

Bearing evidence of its original splendour, particularly arresting is a frieze depicting the dreams of Mahavir's mother and a multi armed Jain goddess riding on the winged Garuda.

Southern Group of Temples

Dulhadeo Temple
Archaeological Museum
Chaturbhuj Temple

Excursions
Dhubela Museum
: 64 km. Located on the bank of the lake, the museum houses a wide variety of Shakti Cult Sculpture. There are different sections on garments, weapons and paintings.Timings : 1000 -1700 hrs.

How to get there

Air: Indian Airlines services connect Khajuraho with Delhi


Rail :
Jhansi (175 Km.) and Satna (117 Km.) are the two convinient railheads to visit Khajuraho from Bombay, Delhi & Madras. However Harpalpur (110 Km,) is the nearest railhead to visit Khajuraho.

Road :
Khajuraho is connected with major tourist centres by good motorable roads. Some important distances from Khajuraho are: Agra (395 km), Allahabad (285 km), Bandhavgarh (237 km), Bhopal (372 km) Chitrakoot (176 km), Delhi (590 km), Jabalpur (296 km) Lucknow (267 km) and Varanasi (415 km)

Bus service :
Direct bus services connect Khajuraho with Panna, Satna, Rewa, Jabalpur, Jhansi, Harpalpur, Mahoba, Bhopal, Indore and Agra.

 

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