- Location: Madhya Pradesh in India
- Time to Visit: All over the year
- Admission Fee: $ 5 for Western Temples, others are free
- How to Reach: You can easily come to Khajuraho by a number of routes. Daily flights ply between Khajuraho and Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and other places. The nearest railway station is Mahoba, which is well-linked with almost all parts of the country. The road network is also well developed.
- Nearest Railway Station: Mahoba
- Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
- Time required for sightseeing: 2-3 hours
Love is celebrated here, and not just in its platonic manifestation. Khajuraho in India approaches spirituality in a unique way. Foreign visitors to the Khajuraho are often baffled by the explicit eroticism of the Khajuraho carvings in a land where sexuality is not a theme that is overtly represented in its social rubric. However, the sensual and the erotic aspect of love have been dealt with spiritual rigor in these carvings, bringing to fore one of the most fascinating cultural aspects of ancient India. Bringing Hindu and Jain shrines together, it is also a testimony to the religious tolerance that is an integral part of Indian culture. The ancient capital of the Chandela dynasty, Khajuraho is famous for the enchanting temples which portray the aesthetic sensual love in the form of awe-inspiring carvings and sculptures. You will simply be mesmerized by the beautiful sculptures in the temples.
Khajuraho Temples are located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. They rank among the famous heritage spots in the country and are also listed among the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Every year, thousands of tourists, art lovers and travelers come here to get a feel of the rich ancient culture and heritage. The temples at Khajuraho date back to the period between 9th and 11th centuries. They were made by the kings of the Chandela dynasty. The name ‘Khajuraho’ is derived from Khajur trees (date trees), which were abundant in the region. The place was also known as ‘Kharjuravahaka’ in ancient times.
Each of the Khajuraho temples is unique in itself. Originally there were around 80 temples but only 22 remain today. The temples are scattered over an area of around 8 square miles. They are a blend of northern Indian shikhara temple style and western, eastern and southern schools of architecture Most of the temples are built on raised platforms and are made with a blend of light sandstone and granite. The hall and the porch consist of pyramidal roofs which are divided into several horizontal layers. All the temples have a grand entrance known as ‘mandapa’, which is exquisitely carved. There are awe-inspiring sculptures of various humans, divine and semi-divine figures and yakshas in various poses and statures
The temples at Khajuraho are divided into various groups. You can easily visit the various temples conveniently. The various temple groups are:
Western Group Temples: These groups of temples are mostly Hindu temples and are finest specimens of Chandela architecture. Some of the renowned temples are Kandhariya Mahadeo Temple, Vishvanath and Nandi Temple, Chaunsat Yogini Temple and so on.
Eastern Group Temples: These groups of temples are dedicated to both Hindu and Jain faiths. Some of the well-known temples are Parsvanath Temple, Shantinath Temple, Brahma and Hanuman Temple, Ghantai Temple.
Southern Group Temples: Some of the well-known temples in this group are Duladeo Temple and Chaturbhuja Temple.
Another attraction of the Khajuraho Temple is the Khajuraho Dance Festival. This week-long festival takes place at the backdrop of the Chitragupta Temple and the Vishwanatha Temple. The festival is held between the months of February and March and various classical dances from various parts of India are showcased here. Renowned artists from all over the country participate in various classical dances like Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. You can also buy a wide range of local handicrafts and artifacts from the local market.