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Passion. Pleasure. It's all there at Khajuraho, or
the garden of Dates. Khajuraho, known for its
unique temples with their erotic stone sculptures,
is an ode to divine love and sublime pleasure. It
is a commixture of sensual spirituality,
beautifully transcending the obscenity the theme
is subject to in today's world. Khajuraho, with
its beautiful temples and natural vistas can be a
lesson in love for the honeymoon couple.|
Khajuraho temples were built in around 1000 AD by
Chandravarman, the founder of Chandela dynasty.
Legend has it that the emperor was sired by none
other than the Moon God. Hemwati, daughter of a
brahmin priest, was seduced by the moon god when
she was bathing in a lake by the forest. Unable to
face the scorn of the society, she took refuge in
the dense forests of Central India. There she gave
birth to her love child. She was her son's guru,
his guide. Once, it is said, Chandravarman had a
dream where his mother instructed him to reveal
human passions to the world and thus prove their
emptiness. Inspired thus, the king decided to
build the temples that would depict different
faces of desire.
to visit |
Mahadev Temple: This
is the largest temple in Khajuraho, dating back to
the 11th century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple is a remarkable example of the
sculpture of the era, which are tall and slender.
In the garbh griha or the sanctum sanctorum, there
stands a lingam.
Bandhavgarh National Park: In the
midst of the ancient Vindhya range is the
Bandhavgarh National Park. A series of ridges run
through it. This park has the highest known
density of tiger population in India. This park
was the royal hunting ground for the rulers of
Rewa, but in 1968 it was declared a park Other
wildlife seen here is the Sambar or the barking
deer, the Nilgai and white tiger.
Chaunsath Yogini Temple: One of
the oldest temples of Khajuraho, Chaunsath Yogini
is dedicated to goddess Kali. This is the only
temple in Khajuraho built in granite. The temple
has 64 (called Chaunsath in Hindi) cells dedicated
to the attendants (Yoginis) of Goddess Kali.
Devi Jagdambe Temple: Deemed by
many as the most erotic temples of Khajuraho, this
temple depicts Maithun or the act of love-making
in its most sensual way. It is not clear until
today as to which deity this temple is dedicated,
but it was probably originally dedicated to
Parvati and then Kali.
This temple is dedicatied to Adinath, the Jain
saint. It is a lavishly ornamented temple with
sculptures of Yakhsis. The Hindu temples of the
group are the Brahma, which stands on an 11 ft
high platform on the eastern bank of Nirona lake
and containing a four-faced lingam or the phallus;
the Vamana, which is adorned on its outer walls
with carvings of apsaras in a variety of sensuous
attitudes and the Javari, with a richly-carved
gateway and exteriors.
Temple: This is one of the oldest and
most impressively designed temples of the western
group of temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The
lintel over the entrance of this beautiful
Vaishnavite temple depicts the trinity of Brahma,
Vishnu and Shiva with Lakshmi, Vishnu's consort.
The finely carved sanctum has a three-headed idol
of Vishnu’s incarnations, Narsimha and Varaha.
Matangeswara Temple: Dedicated to
Lord Shiva, situated outside the ASI compound it
boasts of an eight-feet-high lingam and draws
large crowds during Mahashivratri. It has one of
the largest lingams in North India, made in highly
polished yellow sandstone.
National Park: Panna National Park, 32
kms. away from Khajuraho spreads along the river
Ken. The jungles harbor many species of wildlife.
The tiger can be glimpsed here, with other rare
species such as the leopard, wolf, gharial, Nilgai,
Chinkara and Sambar. On the road to Panna are the
spectacular Pandav Falls. This is an ideal place
for wildlife watchers.
The Chitragupta Temple: Facing
eastwards, the temple is dedicated to Surya, the
sun god. Surya's idol in the inner sanctum is awe
inspiring. The group scenes depict royal
processions and group dances, reflecting the
cultural opulence the Chandela courts.
Vishwanatha Temple: 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 leading up to it. A Nandi bull
guards the Shivalinga enshrined within, facing the
Season to visit |
best time to visit Khajuraho is from October to
March. The weather is pleasant during these winter
months. It can get very hot during the summers. |
to reach |
Khajuraho is connected to Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.
Rail – The nearest railway stations are
Mahoba and Harpalpur.
is special |
not miss the son-et-lumière show organised every
evening at Khajuraho. This sound and light show
brings out the spectucular history of the temples,
the legends and the grandeur of the architecture
in Amitabh Bachchan's voice.|
The Khajuraho Dance Festival, held every year
during the months of February and March, is a
celebration of the Indian classical dance forms.
It is a tribute to the grace and the diversity of
India's dances, the performers and definitely an
event that will charm you