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What is special
Love. 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.
Places to visit

Kandariya 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.

Adinatha Temple: 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.

Lakshmana 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.

Panna 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 shrine.


Best Season to visit
The 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.
How to reach
By Air – Khajuraho is connected to Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.

By Rail – The nearest railway stations are Mahoba and Harpalpur.


What is special
Do 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

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