Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India    (info)


Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a famous tourist and archaeological site known for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Jain patriarchs, and others. Khajuraho was one of the capitals of the Chandela kings, who from the 9th to the 12th century CE developed a large realm, which at its height included almost all of what is now Madhya Pradesh state. Khajuraho extended over 21 sq. km and contained about 85 temples, built by multiple rulers mostly between 950 to 1050. In the 12th century the Chandelas, in a period of chaos and decline, abandoned Khajuraho and moved to hill forts elsewhere. Khajuraho puttered along until the 14th century (Ibn Batuta was impressed by its temples) but was afterwards largely forgotten and overtaken by jungles, which probably saved it from the desecration that Muslim conquerors sometimes inflicted on Hindu monuments. In 1838 a British army captain, TS Burt, employed by the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, came upon information that led him to the rediscovery of the complex of temples in the jungle in Khajuraho.

Of the 85 original temples—most constructed of sandstone—about 20 are still reasonably well preserved. Both internally and externally the temples are richly carved with excellent sculptures that are frequently sensual and often sexually explicit. The temples are divided into three complexes—the western is the largest and best known, containing the magnificent Shaivite temple Kandariya Mahadev, a 31m high agglomeration of porches and turrets culminating in a spire. Khajuraho's name derives from the prevalence of khajur, or date palms, in the area. [—Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica, Aug 2005. Photos from Aug 2005 and Feb 2018.]

 

Lakshman Temple (info)

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Chitragupta Temple (info)

Kandariya Mahadev Temple (info)

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Kandariya Mahadev +
Devi Jagadambi temples

Vishwanath Temple (info)

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Devi Jagadambi Temple (info)

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Eastern Group Temples — Parshavanath, Adinath, Javari, Vamana, Brahma

Parshvanath (more)

Parshvanath (info)

Jain temple complex

Parshvanath

Parshvanath

Parshvanath (1, 2)

Parshvanath

Entrance

Parshvanath

Parshvanath (more)

Parshvanath (1, 2)

Parshvanath

Parshvanath

Parshvanath (1, 2)

Parshvanath

Adinath Temple (info)

Javari Temple (info)

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Vamana Temple (info)

Vamana Temple Ceiling

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Southern Group Temples — Duladeo, Chaturbhuj, Bijamandal

Duladeo temple (info)

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple (back)

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple (more)

Duladeo temple

Chaturbhuj Temple (info)

Chaturbhuj Temple

Chaturbhuj Temple

Bijamandal Temple
(under excavation)

Chausath Yogini Temple

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Miscellaneous

Devi temple / Varaha temple

Varaha temple

Nandi mandap

View of Western Group

Miscellaneous

Shiv Sagar tank

Annual village fair

An exhibition of local art

View from Raja Cafe

Central Khajuraho

Central Khajuraho

Area near the temples

"Official guides"

Shivratri festival in town
when locals rejoice

Temple that is the site
of Shiva-Parvati wedding

Pilgrims at Matangeshvara
temple post-wedding (more)

Shivratri festival hosted for
tourists by Lalit hotel (1, 2)

Village kids

"Take my photo"

Dantla Hills (more)

Traditional car wash!

Khajuraho Dance Festival, 2018

 



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