Khajuraho is a quaint little town in Madhya Pradesh. It is the original capital of the Chandela dynasty, that ruled most part of central India between 800 to 1300 AD. It's famous for its beautiful temples & carvings. These architectural marvels have made it a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The construction of these temples started almost as this dynasty rose to power and there have been contributions from most of the early rulers. The actual reason to construct so many temples at one place is not known, it may simply be that these rulers were lovers of art and this was there way of expressing it. But, there does exist a legend about these temples. There was an exceptionally beautiful princess Hemvati. Once while taking bath at night, the moon god got captivated by her beauty and came down on earth. The result of consummation of their love was king Chandravarman, the founder of chandela dynasty. Hemvati was upset and felt guilty of being a mother out of wedlock, so the moon god blessed her that their son would be a valiant king and would help her absolve her sin as well. So after ascending the throne , the king performed yagyan and as desired by his mother started the construction of 85 temples with the help of divine architect Vishwakarma.
Stories apart, the construction of these temples started from around 900 AD and continued till 1100 AD.Most temples were created during the reign of Yashovardhan/Lakshmanvarman and Dhanga. Out of those 85 temples only 25 (includes both Hindu and Jain temples)have been able to stand the test of time and the atrocities of looters, robbers and conquerors. After the fall of Chandela dynasty and continued destruction from conquerors, the temples got lost under vegetation and forests. Later in 1830, it was rediscovered by a British surveyor T.S.Burt and got back onto the world map.