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Known for: Erotic Kamasutra Temples
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History of: 1000 years
Population: 19 thousand

Situated in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh, the town of Khajuraho has been recognized as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The town is famous for its imperial temples. The temples were built by the rulers of Chandela dynasty between 10th and 11th century. The construction of the temple just took around 100 years to complete. There were around 85 temples in the area but now only 22 exist. Rest are nothing more than ruins. They sure have gained popularity due to the erotic sculptures carved on the walls. However such sculptures cover only a small portion. The major share of sculptures are depicting the daily life of people in the rural India.

Major Attractions

 

The biggest tourist attractions of Khajuraho are the many temples that adorn the face of this unique town. Temples of Khajuraho are the greatest artistic gift given by the Chandela Kings to the world. The walls of these temples are carved with erotic statues and sculptures. Temples have been divided into three group, Western Group, Eastern Group and Southern Group according to their location in the town.

The Western Group
This is clearly the most important section of Khajuraho temples. It is here that you will find the biggest and most intricate temples of all. The Kandriya Mahadev which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is the largest temple in Khajuraho towering to a height of 31 m. In the Sanctum Sanctorum, there is a lingam. Do notice the ceilings and pillars of the temple that are magnificently carved. Other well-known temples in the group are Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Lakshmana Temple and Matangeshwara Temple. The Chandela Kings were Lord Vishnu's ardent devotees, so you will find many temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most important of them is Varaha Temple, famous for the 9 feet high Boar statue.

The Eastern Group
There are mostly Hindu and Jain Temples in the eastern group. They are situated closer to Khajuraho temple. Parsvanath Temple, which is the largest Jain temple, has the most scintillating structure in the group. Ghantai Temple is another famous Jain Temple in the group. The images on the walls depict day to day lives of people. The three Hindu temples in the group are Brahma, Vamana and Javari Temples.

The Southern Group
The southern group is also called Jain group of Temples. They are situated 5 km to the southeast of the town. Chaturbhuj Temple and Duladeo Temple are the most important of all. Chaturbhuj temple has a massive structure of Lord Vishnu inside the sanctum.

 

Fun Festives

 

Khajuraho Dance Festival
Khajuraho, is a small village situated in the Chatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. This tiny village is one of the major tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh, due to the presence of the world famous temples. Tourists from far and near visit this place to view these temples which are known for supremely artistic representation of human sexuality in those days, and magnificent temple architecture. The different cultural festivities associated with Khajuraho also promote tourism in Madhya Pradesh.

 

Distance from major cities
Orchha 265 Kms
Panna 140 Kms
Gwalior 240 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Khajuraho airport is well connected to many cities in India, like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bhopal, Indore, Allahabad and Mumbai.
by Rail Nearest railway station to Khajuraho is Mahoba which is located at 63 km from Khajuraho.
by Road Khajuraho is well connected by road to all major nearby cities of Madhya Pradesh.

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