The Khajuraho Group of Monuments
Table of contents for Khajuraho Trip
The auto driver left us near the ticket counter of Khajuraho Temple Complex. It has an entry fee of Rs30 per person. We hired a guide for Rs 750 (maximum five people were allowed with one guide). We were three people so we request a couple to share the guide with us and they agreed.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.
Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD, during the Chandella dynasty. Historical records note that Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometers. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometers. Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art. Via: Wikipedia
You must hire guide in Khajuraho Temple because without guide you cannot learn about temple architecture and surely you will missed lot of things. After visiting all temples, we taken lunch and visited local market. Same day in night, we left the wonderful city and returned to Delhi in next day in morning.
Khajuraho temples is divided into four groups:
1. Western Group of Temples: This is main temple complex and this group having the following temples:
- Devi Mandap
- Varaha Mandap
- Lakshman Temple
- Kandariya Mahadev Temple
- Mahadev Shrine
- Devi Jagdamba Temple
2. Eastern Group of Temples: A kilometer towards the east from the western group of Temples is the Khajur Sagar and the old village of Khajuraho. This group having the following temples:
- Bramha Temple
- Javari Temple
- Vamana Temple
3. Jain Group of Temples: The main temples of this group are :
- Parshvanath Temple
- Adinath Temple
- You can also see the ruins of the Ghantai Temple on the way to Jain Temple
4. South-East Group Temples: This group having the following temples
- Duladeo Temple
- Chaturbhuj Temples
Khajuraho temple is world famous for his erotic art on the temple wall. You can see in this picture (You can also check Khajuraho erotic art Gallery).
Its about 2 year back journey, so i don’t remember the name of each temple. I just added some temple photograph below.
Next in series: Khajuraho Erotic Art Gallery