Khajuraho Temples History
About Khajuraho Temples Madhya Pradesh
Erotic Khajuraho sculptures, brilliantly cut rock architecture, and a cluster
of many Hindu and Jain temple buildings, all in together make the
Khajuraho temples complex. A perfect example of the amazing artistry
of the skilled craftsmen of the ancient times, these temples are a
popular travel destination of India.
Khajuraho Temples History
Built in 10 century AD during the reign of Chandela rulers, there are
a complex of Hindu and Jain temples in the place. According to historical
details, there were a total of 85 temples but not all of them could stand
the tests of time. Only 22 of them remain at present. The intricate carvings
and sculptures on the walls and complex of these travelers are a big attraction
for the travelers coming here from different corners of the world. The carvings
are highly erotic and sensual and are considered to be a manifestations of
human love and many other human emotions. In place of depicting love making
as a degraded emotion these sculptures shown them as an art form, an essential
part of the human relationship.
Madhya Pradesh Khajuraho Temples Architecture
Lets have a look at the brilliant architecture of these temple complex.
The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three categories - Western Group
Temples, Eastern Group Temples and Southern Group Temples. Lets discuss in
Kandariya Mahadeo Temple( western group)
Kandariya Mahadeo is the largest and the most attractive of Khajuraho temples.
There are a total of 900 statues in the walls, ceilings and other parts of the
temple. Most of the statues are meticulously carved in erotic postures. Dedicated
to Lord Shiva, there are many exquisitely done carved images of other gods, goddesses
and apsaras (heavenly maidens) here. The six interior compartments of the temple
comprise of the portico, main hall, transept, vestibule, sanctum and ambulatory. Perfect to click lots of Khajuraho pics.
Chaunsat Yogini Temple( western group)
Dedicated to goddess Kali, Chaunsat Yogini is one of the oldest surviving
temples of Khajuraho and is built entirely in granite. Intially, there were
65 cells in the temple but only 35 of them have remained intact. The temple
was constructed during 900 A.D. Also a great place to click lots of Khajuraho
Vishwanath Temple(western group)
In this temple complex you will find many exquisitely done animal carvings.
The temple enshrines a three-headed image of Lord Brahma. Lions have been
shown guarding the main northern entrance to the temple while elephants flank
the southern entrance. A Nandi temple with a massive 6 ft high Nandi bull faces
the Vishwanath Temple.
Lakshamana Temple(western group)
This temple shows the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Goddess
Lakshmi, Vishnu's consort. The sanctum has a three-headed idol of Vishnu's
incarnations, Narasimha and Varaha. Once you are here do not forget to get
as many pictures of Khajuraho Temples
to take away as a good memory with you.
Parsvanath Temple (eastern group)
Parsvanath is regarded as one of the finest of sculpted among all others.
This is also the largest Jain temple of Khajuraho. The deity originally
worshiped was Adinath, but in present times saint Parsvanath is worshipped
in the temple. An amazing range of such sculptures could be seen in the temple.
Adinatha Temple( eastern group)
Adinatha is another Jain temple of the eastern group that has an impressive range
of sculptures. The temple walls have some of the most attractive sculptures of
yakshis among others.
Ghantai Temple( eastern group)
This Jain temple depicts in a sculpted
form the 16 dreams of Lord Mahavira's mother. There is another sculpture of the
multi-armed Jain goddess perched on a winged Garuda.
Chaturbhuj Temple(southern group)
One of the biggest and most beautiful temples of the southern group,
Chaturbhuj temple sports a huge, elaborately carved image of Lord Vishnu
in the sanctum.
Duladeo Temple( southern group)
Duladeo is another attractive temple of the southern group. The deity
worshipped in the temple is Lord Shiva. The temple has a number of sensuous
images of the apsaras and a few other exquisite sculptures.