Khajuraho-A Timeline-The hidden jewel of India

UNESCO world heritage site- the temples are built by the Chandella rulers between AD 900 and 1130."Outstanding universal value and human creative genius"
Entrance to Western Group of Temples
Entrance to Western Group of Temples
Matangeshvara Temple with Flag
Matangeshvara Temple with Flag

The holiest of Khajuraho temples.The temple is illuminated with tiny lights and the massive linga decorated with flowers and sandalwood paste.It is probably the plainest among the sandstone temples.

Vraha Temple
Vraha Temple

Vraha is the boar incarnation of Vishnu and mythology tells of his rescuing the earth from devastating floods by taking her up on the tip of his snout. the temple enshrines a clossal monolithic image of Varaha ,approx 2.5 m long and over 1.5 m high.The shrine is built entirely of sandstone is dated back to c.900-925.

Carved figures from Hindu Pantheon
Carved figures from Hindu Pantheon
Lakshmana Temple
Lakshmana Temple

The Vaishnava temple is a sandhara temple of the panchayatana(five shrined) variety.It is the earliest and best preserved of the evolved temples of Khajuraho.This is the only temple which preserves intact all the subsidiary shrines and the jagati or platform with its mouldings and friezes.

Sculptural Friezes- Lakshmana Temple
Sculptural Friezes- Lakshmana Temple

This depicet a range of everyday activities,here,a figure of authority is seen with acolytes on the walls.

Scluptural Friezes Lakshmana Temple
Scluptural Friezes Lakshmana Temple
Lord Ganesha
Lord Ganesha

A small statue of Lord Ganesha at Lakshmana temple adoring one of the niches.

Erotic Sculptures Lakshmana Temple
Erotic Sculptures Lakshmana Temple
Sculptures Lakshmana Temple
Sculptures Lakshmana Temple
Lakshmana Temple
Lakshmana Temple
Kandariya-Mahadev Temple
Kandariya-Mahadev Temple

The siva temple is the largest and the loftiest monument of Khajuraho,measuring 30.5 metres in length and height and 20 m in width.It's the only temple of Khajuraho where the platform shows projections on the lateral sides and the rear.

Left Kandariya-Mahadev
Left Kandariya-Mahadev

The grand Sikhara is decorated with an ascending series of 84 smaller replicas of itself.It is lofty and intricately ornamented pile.

Erotic Sculptures
Erotic Sculptures

Kandariya Mahadev Temple

Sculptures
Sculptures

The largest number of alluring beauty appear on the wall.An animated arrays gods and goddesses mithunas and sura-sundaris can be seen on projections.

East View
East View

Kandariya-Mahadev Temple with the small Siv shrine and Jagadambi temple to its right

Lavishly carved Chitragupta Temple
Lavishly carved Chitragupta Temple

This is the only temple in Khajuraho dedicated to Surya, and is ,indeed one of the few shrines in all of north India dedicated to the sun.

Towards Vishvanatha Temple
Towards Vishvanatha Temple
Entrance Vishvanatha Temple
Entrance Vishvanatha Temple
Vishvanatha temple
Vishvanatha temple

Vishvanatha temple is among the finest monuments of Khajuraho, and shows all the elements of the developed Khajuraho temples. Architecturally ,this temple falls between the Lakshmana and Kandariya -Mahadev temples.

Nandi Shrine
Nandi Shrine

The detached Nandi pavillion forms an integral part of the architectural scheme of Vishvanatha temple.

Jain Eastern group of temples
Jain Eastern group of temples

The jain temples are part of Eastern group of temples Khajuraho

Adinath Temple
Adinath Temple
Sculptures Adinath Temple
Sculptures Adinath Temple
Doorway to Adinath Temple
Doorway to Adinath Temple
Sculptures Adinath Temple
Sculptures Adinath Temple
Sculptures Adinath Temple
Sculptures Adinath Temple
Ancient scriptings Adinath Temple
Ancient scriptings Adinath Temple
Ancient Scriptings Adinath Temple
Ancient Scriptings Adinath Temple
Javari Temple
Javari Temple

The Javari Temple is an architectural gem and is indeed remarkable as much for its ornate makara-torana as for the slender and soaring outline of its sikhara.

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