Khajuraho a town in the Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 620 kilometres southeast of New Delhi, are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, and is considered to be one of the “seven wonders” of India.
The city was the cultural capital of Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10-12th centuries. The political capital of the Chandelas was Kalinjar. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150. The Chandela capital was moved to Mahoba after this time, but Khajuraho continued to flourish for some time. Khajuraho has no forts because the Chandel Kings never lived in their cultural capital.
The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern.
The Western Group
This is clearly the most important section of Khajuraho temples. It is here that you will find the biggest and most intricate temples of all. The Kandriya Mahadev which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is the largest temple in Khajuraho towering to a height of 31 m. In the Sanctum Sanctorum, there is a lingam. Do notice the ceilings and pillars of the temple that are magnificently carved. Other well-known temples in the group are Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Lakshmana Temple and Matangeshwara Temple. The Chandela Kings were Lord Vishnu’s ardent devotees, so you will find many temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most important of them is Varaha Temple, famous for the 9 feet high Boar statue.
The Eastern Group
There are mostly Hindu and Jain Temples in the eastern group. They are situated closer to Khajuraho temple. Parsvanath Temple, which is the largest Jain temple, has the most scintillating structure in the group. Ghantai Temple is another famous Jain Temple in the group. The images on the walls depict day to day lives of people. The three Hindu temples in the group are Brahma, Vamana and Javari Temples.
The Southern Group
The southern group is also called Jain group of Temples. They are situated 5 km to the southeast of the town. Chaturbhuj Temple and Duladeo Temple are the most important of all. Chaturbhuj temple has a massive structure of Lord Vishnu inside the sanctum.
Khajuraho Dance Festivels
Khajuraho, is a small village situated in the Chatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. This tiny village is one of the major tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh, due to the presence of the world famous temples. Tourists from far and near visit this place to view these temples which are known for supremely artistic representation of human sexuality in those days, and magnificent temple architecture. The different cultural festivities associated with Khajuraho also promote tourism in Madhya Pradesh.
Distance from major cities
- Orchha 265 Kms
- Panna 140 Kms
- Gwalior 240 Kms
How to reach there
- Khajuraho airport is well connected to many cities in India, like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bhopal, Indore, Allahabad and Mumbai.
- Nearest railway station to Khajuraho is Mahoba which is Located at 63 Km from Khajuraho.
- Khajuraho is well connected by road to all major nearby cities of Madhya Pradesh.
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Hotels in Khajuraho
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