Known for their breathtaking sculptors and elegance, the magnificent Khajuraho temples present aesthetics at its best. The beauty and elegance of the Khajuraho temples is beyond words and imagination. After visiting the Khajuraho temples one is left wondering about the advancement of Indian art and sculpture as back as the 10th century. Perhaps, there is no place other than Khajuraho, where all kinds of human emotions have been portrayed with such great excellence.
The Chandela Rajputs constructed the Khajuraho temples between 950 and
1050 A.D. The name Khajuraho comes from the Khajur tree (the date palm
tree) which is found in abundance in the area. These temples are
considered the "high point" of Indian architectural genius in
the medieval period. Khajuraho was the capital city of the Chandela
rulers. It was the Chandela rulers who built these wonderful temples,
known all over the world for their passionate sculptures.
The Khajuraho temples have prominence of Indo-Aryan architecture. Many
of these temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain
Tirthankaras. Originally, the Khajuraho temples numbered 85 but
unfortunately only 22 are in good shape. The images at Khajuraho temples
are a matter of great research for art historians and main source of
attraction worldwide. The erotic sculptures at the Khajuraho temples are
of different significance to different people.
Each temple at Khajuraho stands on a high platform with a distinctive
upward direction to their structure. This is further enhanced by
numerous upright projections to create the effect of an overall
lightness. The three main compartments In the Khajuraho temples are the
"Ardhamandapa" (entrance), the "Mandapa" (assembly
hall) and the "Garbha griha" (sanctum sanctorum). The
Khajuraho Temples are divided into 3 groups, Western, Eastern and
The Western group of temples lies in the center of green meadow and
kaleidoscopic flowerbeds. This group of temples is included in World
Heritage site and showcases one of the most remarkable sculptures of
Khajuraho. The most notable among these temples are the Jagadambi
temple, the Kandariya Mahadeva temple and the Chitragupta temple. The
temple of Lord Vishnu built by Yasovarman is also known an important
Near the Khajuraho village you will find the Eastern group of temples,
which include temples like Brahma, Vamana and Javari located near the
Khajuraho Sagar and many Jain pilgrims visit the Ghantai, Adinath and
Parsvanath situated little further.
Of the southern group of temples the Duladeo and the Chaturbhuja
temples are very famous. The Duladeo temple, built in1100-1150A.D. is
dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is situated 1km. south of the
Khajuraho village. On the other hand the Chaturbhuja temple, 3km from
the town is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
This is a short essay on Khajuraho temples, India.