Panna National Park
The presence of deep gorges, cascading waterfall and dense forests filled with teak trees is what the Panna National Park is all about. Home to many wild cats and antelopes, this place is famous for its tigers. If the drudgery of the city life has gotten to you, a day spent at this park will surely relax your senses. Have a guide take you on a tour and catch glimpses of some rare animal and bird species like the King Vulture and honey Buzzard here. The authorities also organize regular safaris of the park. However, one must come in their own jeep as the park doesnt rent out any.
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kandariya Mahadev Temple Khajuraho
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.
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.
Archaeological Museum Khajuraho
A decision in the year 1905 was taken by the then government of India to display and preserves the precious artifacts and items found at the excavations at Sarnath. This led to the birth of a site museum at Sarnath that is considered to be the oldest in the fold of the Archeological Survey of India. The brain child of the Director General of Archeology at that period, Sir John Marshall and executed by James Ransome who was the Consulting Architect, the Archeological Museum was inaugurated in 1910 and houses five large galleries and two verandahs that display the items. The museum also has a coffee shop for one to grab a quick bite. Wheelchairs and ramps are provided to help the specially-able people navigate through the museum.
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.
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.
Better known as the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, this is one of the most famous Hindu temples in the world. Moreover, this is the holiest existing place for Hindus in the country. The Shivalingam worshipped here is said to be the oldest and holiest of all other Jyotiralingams. The temple is also known as the Golden Temple as the gopuram or upper facade is wrapped in gold sheets. This place of worship is also mentioned in the Mahabharata which has always made Varanasi the holiest place of worship for the Hindus in the world. The temple was built much later by a Maratha queen named Ahilyabai Holkar. This is also one of the most visited places on Earth.