Khajuraho Temples – Expression of a Highly Matured Civilization

Khajuraho Temples are located in Khajuraho city which is in the heart of Central India, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated at a reasonable distance from most cities and town centres of the state. It is in the region known as Bundelkhand which is in the forested plains of Madhya Pradesh. The fascinating temples of Khajuraho are a unique gift of love in India to the whole world. khajuraho is a fascinating village having a rich cultural heritage. The khajuraho temples give the expression of a highly matured civilization. In India it is one of the top tourist places. In this village an Airport has been built. Tourist with scarcity of time but having a fat pockets can fly Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Delhi in a day. Even in this area there are lots of hotels for the purpose to stay. Some of the hotels are run by the foreigners. There are many shops in Khajuraho which sells a lot of handicrafts. Some of the shops are really good with lots of handicrafts and also reasonably priced.

The temples of Khajuraho were constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. They were built during the reign of Chandel Empire. The name Khajuraho is derived from the tree ‘Khajur’ (the date palm tree) as in this area this tree is found in abundance. Originally there were 85 temples but now only 22 are in existence.

For convenience purpose, the village of Khajuraho has been divided into three different direction areas in which the major groups of temples are located.

Western Group Temples – This group shows some of the finest examples of Chandela art at its peak. In this group the temples are entirely Hindu. The largest temple of this group is Kandhariya Mahadev, which is followed by a granite temple – Chaunsath Yogini.

Eastern Group Temples – In this group of Khajuraho temples, two historic Jain temples is there. They are the Adinath Temple which is embellished with sculpted figures, and the Parsvanath Temple which is the largest Jain Temple sculpted with charming detail. Some other shrines are there like Vamana Temple, Javari Temple etc.

Southern Group – This group is having two impressive Khajuraho temples which mainly belong to the 12th century. They are Chaturbhuja Temple which is having a massive carved image of Vishnu and the Duladeo Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and this is one of the last temples of Chandela era.

One can easily reach to Khajuraho by Air, Train and also by Road.

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