One of the most popular attractions in India, the Khajuraho Temples are the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples. The temples are known for the erotic sculptures within.
The Khajuraho Temples were built during the Chandela Dynasty of Central India. After the fall of the dynasty, the temples were abandoned and forgotten and only 22 of the original 85 temples survived when they were rediscovered by a British army engineer, Captain T.S. Burt.
The temples are grouped into western, eastern, and southern sections. Inside the temples are detailed carvings and sculptures depicting scenes from life, such as war, marriage, symbols of spirituality, every day life, and all kinds of life forms. Various temples are dedicated to gods like Shiva, Surya, and Lord Vishnu.
The eastern group of temples comprise of the Brahma Temple,Vamana and Javari Temples, Parshvanatha Temple, Ghantai Temple, Adinatha Temple and Shantinatha Temple. The southern group includes just two temples – the Dhuladeo temple, and the renowned Chaturbhuj temple.
Kandariya Mahadeva temple is a temple which is famous throughout the world. It is has the highest spire in Khajuraho boasting a size of 30.5 meters.
Representing a unique artistic creation, the Lakshamana temple features sculptures of Lord Vishnu and his incarnations as Lord Narasimha, Lord Varaha, and Bhagvan Vamana. The statue of goddess Lakshmi stands in between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. There is also a statue of goddess Durga killing the devil Mahishasur.
The temples of Khajuraho are mostly famous for their erotic art. The sculptures of nymphs grooming themselves or indulging in sexual games can be seen on both the inner and outer walls of the temples.
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Facts about Khajuraho Temples
- The Khajuraho Temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD.
- The temples cover an area of about six square kilometers in the town.
- The temples are among India’s “Seven Wonders”.
- The Khajuraho Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where is Khajuraho Temples?
The Khajuraho Temples are located in the city of Khajuraho, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. You can reach Khajuraho by train, car or by air. Khajuraho Airport is just two kilometers south of Khajuraho town. You can also take a taxi to reach Khajuraho.
Best time to visit Khajuraho Temples
The months from September through March are recommended as the best months to visit the Khajuraho Temples. Summers in the state are fairly hot, so winter is considered a better option. The annual Khajuraho dance festival takes place in spring every year.
Khajuraho Temples Hours
The Khajuraho temple complex opens from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Khajuraho Temples Tickets
The entry ticket for Indian visitors cost Rs. 10 per person and for foreign visitors, it is $10 per person (to be paid in Indian currency).
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Nearby attractions: Panna National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, and Ajaygarh Fort.Published On: Thursday, November 14th, 2013