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Chaturbhuj Temple - Khajuraho

This breathtakingly beautiful temple is off the Bamitha Road near the Airport. The backdrop of the Lavanya Hills and the amazing view of the sunset makes this one of the most beautiful temples here. More like the eastern temples, this temple is dedicated to the combined gods Hari- Hara. The architecture and design of this temple is unique with a shallow porch and pointed roof. The extraordinary carvings and architecture of this temple makes it stand out absolutely. Also, this is a lone temple standing on a raised platform and is a symbol of peace and serenity. There is a small lawn or ground area which might have been a garden at some point of time.This place is utilized by tourists as a place to relax and spend lazy afternoons.
Dedicated to Vishnu, this temple is devoid of any erotic carvings. This in itself makes it one of its type amongst all the other temples. This temple houses a nine feet long four-handed Vishnu.
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Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Budget
Free

Brahma Temple - Khajuraho

A temple situated on the banks of the beautiful Khajur River, there are still no evidences as to when this temple was built. The temple is at present almost in ruins but whatever little is left of it looks awesome till date. The hude idols and temple designs are an evidence of very early styles of temple art and designing. There is no mandap here and there are no evidences if there were any earlier on. Apart from the idol of Lord Brahma there are also a number of idols of Lord Shiva. This contradiction in the name and number majority of idols often leaves tpurists and even historians in a great confusion. The confusion is that whether this temple was actually a Brahma Temple or was it a Shiva Temple with an idol of Lord Brahma established inside it.
This temple is shut now and no visitors can visit inside. On either sides of the entry you can see streams of Ganga and Yamuna.
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Varaha Temple - Khajuraho

This masterpiece temple is a part of the Khajuraho Temple Complex and dates back to the 10th Century. This was one of the most popular temples even during that time and the main reason being the exquisite hand- work on the temple walls. The temple was dedicated to the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu which is in the form of a boar. The polished sandstone idol and the walls of this temple look awesome even after so many centuries. The temple is situated on a raised platform and rhis platform is surrounded by 674 other smaller Hindu idols. Apart from the main huge idol Lord Varaha there are other idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses here.
Build on lofty plinth, the Varaha shrine rests on fourteen plain pillars which houses a Yajna Varaha (incarnation of Vishnu) idol. All over the idol multiple figures of gods and goddesses are carved. The ceiling has lotus flower with exquisite detailing. It faces the Lakshama temple. It’s said that this temple was built by Yashovarman. The serpent Sheshnag is their at the pedestal.
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Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 250 for foreigners

Lakshmana Temple - Khajuraho

The Lakshmana Temple is one of the three biggest temples of the whole temple complex of Khajuraho and belongs to the western group of temples. This temple stands like a mountain among all other over here and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is mainly known for its grandeur and the variety of carvings on it. If you take a clockwise round around the temple, the carvings will seem to be opening like a scroll of awesome stories. The temple dates back to the reign of the Chandela King Varahavarmana and it faces the Varaha and the Devi Temples. The scenes from court life, romance between men and women, motifs of plants and animals and carvings of erotic rituals are common when you see the temple walls closely. There is a flight of stairs which you will have tp climb up to reach the main mandap of the temple.
A grand temple built on a high platform, four shrines at the four corners. The main temple is at the centre and at the entrance near the steps you see sculpture of a man Man fighting a Lion- a symbol of the Chandela dynasty. A dancing Ganesha with musicians at his feet is placed on the South East side of the temple. Sculpture of Apsaras, maiden, women washing her hair and more adorn the temple wall. With fantastic detailing the sculptures are made with every detail. The sanctum includes a statue Durga killing Mahishasur. The main idol is that of Vishnu, and the idol has three leads and four hands. Another fascination of the Lakshmana temple is the roof of the temple which is also known as ardha mandapa. The roof lotus motifs with four concentric groups while the support beams.
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Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 250 for foreigners

Kandariya Mahadev Temple Khajuraho - Khajuraho

The largest and the grandest of all temples in this complex, this temple was dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. The design and architecture is similar to that of the Lakshmana Temple but there is also a lot of difference. This is adjacent to the Devi Jagadambi temple which is much smaller than this. As you stand in front of this temple you are bound to think about the people with such expert hands in art and carving. It is said that no other man had the guts or talent to build something so grand and thus, the Kandariya Mahadev Temple became the largest of all time here. The form of Shiva worshipped here was the Lord Virbhadra and the temple theme is the destruction of evil forces. The main carvings on the temple walls are of snakes, serpents and serpent kings and queens. Like most of the other temples in this temple complex, you will also find smaller idols of other Hindu gods and goddesses here.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva this temple enshrines the ‘linga’. This 31m high temple is the largest and most typical in the series of temples with exquisite carvings that have some intricate craftsmanship. Each stone that is carved sees the finesse of these craftsmen and their eye for detail. Sculptures depicting divine deities, celestial maidens, eternal lovers, gods and goddesses adorn the walls of the temples.
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Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 250 for foreigners

Khajuraho Temples - Khajuraho

This is a temple complex just on the banks of the Khajur River. All the temples except the Brahma and the Chausath Yogini temples are built in sandstone or sandstone buff in pink and pale yellow colour. The other temples are built of stone and granite. These are the pride of the Chandella rulers and are an ultimate example of beauty and grandeur. The temples are dedicated to a variety of Hindu gods and goddesess and various forms and the carvings on the walls are mostly based on the theme of love, lust, court life and kings and queens. The temple complex is divided into two parts- the Eastern and the Western temple complex. The major temples here are the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Varaha Temple, Brahma Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple and many more. This temple complex is the prime attraction of Khajuraho and also one of the main reasons people come and visit Maddhya Pradesh.
I always wanted to visit Khajuraho & see the temples which are called the Land of Kamasutra. All of a sudden me & my friend planned a visit in the month of May. There are many good hotel options near the Western Ghats temples & it's completely safe for all girls trip. This is my first hand experience. We took the train at night from Delhi & reached the next morning in Khajuraho. 1 whole day is sufficient to see all the Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats & Southern Ghats temples. The Western Ghats temples are the most important & built by the Chandela dynasty & basically into Hindu gods & godesses. They were the descendants of the Moon (Chand), so got the name Chandelas. When I saw the temples, I was spellbound. The sculptors, the intricate designs, the temple jewellery designs are so prominent. The slabs are attached to each other with the screwing & interlocking system & not by any glue or nails & those temples were built between 959 to 1050 CE. But I found only 20%-30% of the temple engraving sculptors which are related to Kamasutra, but mostly are the detailing of Man-Woman relationship, the way of everyday life they used to live in those days & also they have some inner depth. Like a young female with a voluptuous figure is looking at the mirror & smiling, & another female who is bit old & with shagging structures is sad. This implies how the external beauty is an illusion. The only beauty is the inner beauty which will never fade. Also, another sculptor is showing that a female is taking out thorn from her feet. This shows life is full of struggles & we have to ignore them & proceed in life. The Eastern Ghats temples have a mixture of Hinduism & Jainism & the sculptors & engravings are slightly bigger than the Western Ghats. The Southern Ghats have very few temples & is related to Lord Vishnu. Another day is required to see the Pandav waterfalls which is 35 km from Khajuraho & Raneh waterfalls which is 12 km from the town. Since I visited Khajuraho in summer, I gave them a miss as the falls were mostly dry. But one should try them if you visit in monsoon. One should not miss the Light & Sound show in the evening which tells the entire history of the temples. Per person cost is 200 INR.
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Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 250 for foreigners, free for children below 15 years

Chitragupta Temple - Khajuraho

Placed between the Vishwanath and Kandariya Temples of the Khajuraho Temple Complex, this is the only temple which is dedicated to the Surya God or the Sun God. This temple is a little away from the Jagadambi Temple but resembles it in many ways. The temple is square based in form and has camouflaged designs to make it look bigger and layered. The octagonal ceiling still has the remains of exquisite carvings and designs and the pillars are equally beautiful. Inside the temple you will see the idol of the Sun God in a standing position on a chariot which is being driven by 7 horses. The 11- headed idol of Lord Vishnu is also very popular attraction here. This temple is not as popular as the rest but is definitely worth a lot more recognition.
Dedicated to the Sun God (Surya Dev) this temple faces east, the side of rising sun. A five feet high image the deity is their in the inner sanctum on a driving a horse-drawn chariot. This temple is where most of the dance performances take place for the Khajuraho Dance Festival.
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Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Things to do
history tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Budget
Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 250 for foreigners, free for children below 15 years

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