Khajuraho, once the capital city of Chandela Dynasty (950-1050 AD) takes you back to the bygone era of unconditional love with passion. Romance was that sacred it got its manifestation on the walls of numerous sacred temples at Khajuraho. The city is embellished with diverse temples; chiefly in Nagara Architectural Style belonging to Hindu & Jains. The temples are studded with sculptures of various forms like meditation, spiritual teachings, kinship, wrestling, royalty and most significantly, erotic art. The exceptional sculptures & architectural skill is catalogued in UNESCO world heritage list. Only 20 temples of the original 85 stand today.
Attractions of Khajuraho are Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Lakshman Temple, Parsvnath Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Chatarbhuj Temple, Chausath Yogni Temple, Brahma Temple, SEL Show & Khajuraho Dance Festival.
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest temple in western group of temples of Khajuraho and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, the ascetic who dwells in a mountain cave (Kandara). So its name consists of words Kandara and Mahadeva, another name of lord Shiva. The main spire or Shikhara raises up-to 30.5 m to depict Mount Meru, the holy mountain of Shiva and is surrounded by 84 miniature spires. This cluster around the central peak creates the effect of a mountain range. There is a marble Shiva-linga in the inner sanctum. Kandariya Mahadeva temple was built during the reign of Vidyadhara between c.1025 and 1050 A.D.
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is artistically and architecturally the most perfect and finest temple in India. It measures about 30.5 m each in length and height and 20 m in width. The temple architecture includes analysis of temple plan, elevation, the ceiling architecture; material used and sculpture contents of the temple. This temple comprises all essential elements of Nagara Style of Architecture which is mostly found in temples of north India. It consists of mukhmandapa (entrance porch), followed by a mandapa (assembly hall), mahamandapa (dance hall), antarala (vestibule) and garbha-gariha (sanctum sanctorum) enclosed by an ambulatory with transepts on the sides and on the rear and on elevation.
Lakshmana Temple (built c. 930-950)
Lakshmana temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was built from 930-950 AD during the reign of King Yasovarman of the Chandella kingdom. It houses a sacred image of Vaikuntha-Vishnu brought from Tibet. Though the temple is one of the oldest in the Khajuraho fields, it is also one of the most exquisitely decorated, covered almost completely with images of over 600 gods in the Hindu Pantheon. The main shrine of the temple, which faces east, is flanked by four freestanding subsidiary shrines at the corners of the temple platform.
This is the largest of the Jainist temples in the southeastern group of the temples of Khajuraho. It is also one of the finest in the total temple complex. Measuring 65.6′ by 36′ (20m x 11m), it lies within a walled enclosure and is noted for the precision of its construction and its beautifully sculpted figures. The temple has a solid outer wall embellished with three bands of graceful sculptures depicting Hindu Gods (despite its affiliation as a Jain temple). More figures can be found on the outer face of the sanctum, depicting apsaras (heavenly nymphs) in a variety of poses.
The temple was originally dedicated to the deity Adinath, but in the late 19th century an image of Parsvanath was installed there and the temple assumed this new name.
Sound and Light Show
Khajuraho sound & light show is a popular evening event organized by management team for tourists. This is the best evening activity for tourists to understand the history, facts and myths of Khajuraho temples. It is organized in Khajuraho Western Group of Temples. It is a paid event. This event is organized by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department and they decide the entrance fee. At present this per person entrance fee for Indian tourist is 250 INR and for Foreigner tourist is 700 INR. Child below 05 years is not charged or can have free entry. This fee is subject to change.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Khajuraho Dance Festival is organized every year in the last week of February month. It is one of the prime tourist attractions among visitors. Tourists from many countries visit Khajuraho, especially to watch Khajuraho dance festival in February month. The best classical dancers from all across India give their performances in the open air corridors of the Khajuraho group of temples. Here you can enjoy the popular dances of India such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri and many more. The dance festival is being organized in-front of Chitragupta and Vishwanath temples, located in the western group of temple complex.