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DESTINATION GUIDE INDIA - KHAJURAHO
connected by regular and direct bus services with Chhatarpur,
Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, panna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Sagar,
Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad. Each of the
chief compartments is mounted by its own roof, grouped so that
the highest is in the centre, the lowest over the portico; a
highly imaginative recreation of the rising peaks of the
Himalayas, abode of the gods.
The three main compartments are the entrance (ardha-mandapa),
assembly hall (mandapa) and sanctum (garbha griha), with
further additions in the more developed temples.
ATTRACTIONS - KHAJURAHO CITY
GROUP OF TEMPLES
Dedicated to the Jain saint, Adinath, the temple is lavishly
embellished with sculpted figures, including yakshis. The
three Hindu temples of the group are the Brahma, containing a
four faced lingam, the Vamana, which is adorned on its outer
walls with carving of apsaras in a variety of sensuous
attitudes; and the javari, with a richly-carved gateway and
The group's largest Jain temple and exquisite in detail. The
sculptures on the northern outer wall are particularly
noteworthy . The themes depict, in charming detail, everyday
activity. Within, a throne faces the bull emblem of the first
tirhankara, Adinath. The Parsvanath image was installed in
This Jain temple has a frieze which depicts the 16 dreams of
Mahavira's mother, and a Jain goddess on a winged Garuda.
One comes across the Hanuman temple while proceeding from the
Western group towards the Khajuraho village. There is a
colossal statue of Hanuman. "The monkey God" about 8 ft high
in the temple which is now in ruins. There is a very ancient
inscription on the pedestal dating back to the time of
Maharaja Harsh, 922 A.D. This is the oldest structure
discovered here so far and is very interesting from the
archaeological point of view.
On the bank of Khajur Sagar or Ninora Tal near the village
stands the Brahma Temple. It is simple in plan and design with
its body in granite stone and shikhare and made in sandstone.
In the sanctum is now enshrined a four faced image of Brahma,
hence it is called the Brahma temple.
GROUP OF TEMPLES
The Western group is certainly the best known, because it is
to this group that the largest and most typical Khajuraho
temple belongs: The Kandariya Mahadev.
A three- headed image of Brahma is enshrined in this temple.
The approach is equally impressive, with lions flanking the
northern and elephants the southern steps that lead up to it.
A Nandi bull faces the shrine.
The largest, most typical Khajuraho temple, it soars 31 m
high. Dedicated to shiva, the sanctum sanctorum enshrines a
lingam. The main shrine is exquisitely carved and features, in
delicate detail, gods, goddesses, celestial maidens and
lovers. Particularly noteworthy are the entrance arch, the
ceilings and pillars of the interior compartments.
The only granite temple and the earliest surviving shrine of
the group (900 A.D.), it is dedicated to Kali. Only 35 of the
orginal 65 shrines remain. Another Kali temple (originally
dedicated to Vishnu) is the Devi Jagdambe Temple.
The lintel over the entrance of this beautiful Vaishnavite
temple shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with
Lakshmi, Vishnu's idol of Vishnu's incarnations, Narasimha and
Varaha. This boar incarnation also appears in a nine-feet high
statue at the Varaha Temple.
Still a living place of worship, the temple is dedicated to
shiva, has an eight feet high lingam, and is outside the
precincts of the Western Group.
GROUP OF TEMPLES
Dulah Deo Temple
This finest temple at Khajuraho also called Kunwar Math offers
some of the choicest sculptures especially the Shalbhanjika.
It is a fully developed temple measuring 21 m by 12 m (69 ft.
by 40 ft.) with the ardhamanadap, the mandapa, the maha
mandapa, the antarala and the garbha griha with no
circumambulatory passage. The ceiling of the maha mandap is a
series of diminishing circles of overlapping stones. There is
an image of Shiva on the lintel of the entrance to the garbh
griha indicating that the temple was originally dedicated to
Three kilometers south of Khajuraho, in the village of Jatkari
lie the two temples now in ruins. One of them is a Shiva
temple enshrining a marble ligham. The other one enshries a
3.3 m (11 ft.) high image of Chatturbhuja (Vishnu) in the
sanctum with an expression of transcendental calm and bliss on
HOW TO REACH KHAJURAHO
Air : Khajuraho Air service is driect link with Delhi,
Agra, Varanasi and Kathmandu.
» Rail : The nearest railheads are Mahoba
and Harpalpur. Jhansi is a convenient railhead for those
travelling from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and Varanasi the
railhead is Satna, on the Mumbai-Allahabad section of the
Central Railway is ideal. Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai,
Agra by train to the railheads.
» Road : Khajuraho is connected by regular
and direct bus services with Chhatarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur,
Satna, panna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Sagar, Jabalpur, Indore,
Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad.