A UNESCO World Heritage site, myth has it that the Moon spirit knock down in love with a worldly woman. To agree for this sin, their offspring constructed the Khajuraho temples. Sensual and erotic carvings give credibility to the theory…Khajuraho’s erotica was meant to test devotees! The city traces its origin to the 10th century when it was the bastion of the Chandela dynasty. Khajuraho's claim to fame is the famous Chandela temples, erected between the 10th and 11th centuries, these temples were abandoned to the jungle during the Muslim era. Khajuraho is considered the spitirual home of the Kama Sutra. Where architecture and sculpture fuse beautifully, it’s understandable why these ornate temples are one of the world’s great artistic wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made mostly from sandstone, just 22 of the 85 original temples exist today since their creation during the Chandela dynasty (circa. 950 AD).



Eastern group of temples (1.5-2 hrs)

This is the biggest temple complex in Khajuraho. In an enormous fenced enclosure lie temples of Lakshman dedicated to Lord Vishnu; Vishvanath graced by a 3 headed image of Lord Brahma; Devi Jagadambi dedicated to goddess Parvati and Kali; Kandhariya Mahadev and Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva; and Chitragupta that enshrines Sun God Surya. All the temples are built on almost the same architectural plan. Inside the temples, the windows of the halls are high above and provide just enough light to see the exquisitely carved pillars and ceilings.


Western group of temples (1 hr - 1.5 hrs)

The eastern group of temples is mainly Jain temples but they too have figures of pantheon of Brahmanical deities, continuing the ancient Indian tradition where there was no division between the adherents of different faiths. The temples of Parsvnath, Adinath, Shantinath all have striking black images in their sanctums. Although these temples do not compare with the western group in their size or erotic panels but they do have terrific female figures; women applying kohl in their eyes, removing thorn from her foot, fastening ankle bells etc.

The three Hindu temples Brahma, Vamana and Javeri also belong to this group. Outside the enclosure is a Jain Art Museum.


Southern group of temples (30-45 min)

This is the last phase of temple building at Khajuraho dating back to 1100-50. The Southern group includes the Chaturbhuj Temple with massive image of Shiva, and the Duladeo Temple. The former is the only major temple in Khajuraho without erotic sculptures.


Chausath Yogini (15-20 min)

This is the oldest surviving temple (dated 900 AD) in the group and the only one that is not aligned east to west. It is the sole granite temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Only 35 of the original 65 cells remain and no image of Kali has survived. The word Chausath means 64; accordingly there were 64 cells for the attendants of Goddess Kali and the 65th one for the Goddess herself.


Archaeological Museum (40-45 min)

The museum is situated very close to the western group of temples. At the entrance is a big statue of Lord Ganesh. The collection, not a very big one, consists of statues and sculptures from around Khajuraho itself.


Kandariya Art & Culture theatre

Round the year, except for the months of May and June, folk dances from 5 states of India are staged in the indoor theatre here. Two shows are organized every evening. In the same premises there is a showroom that has huge collection of exclusive works of art and handicrafts.


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