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khajuraho temple

INTRODUCTION

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are a group of Hindu and Jain temples situated at Khajuraho, in Chhatarpur district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are famous for their architectural symbolism and their erotic stone sculptures.

History

The Khajuraho group of monuments was built during the rule of the Chandela dynasty; Most temples were built during the reigns of the Hindu kings Yashovarman and Dhanga of this dynasty – the construction of many of the currently existing temples here were completed between 970 and 1030 AD, and the remaining temples were completed during the following decades.

While the Lakshmana Temple here highlights King Yashovarman’s reign, the Vishvanatha temple highlights King Dhanga's reign.

Architecture/Structure

In the Khajuraho temples, the Hindu temples follow a grid geometrical design called vastu-purusha-mandala, which has three important components:

Most of the temples which are a part of Khajuraho Group of Monuments, deploy the 8x8 (64) padas grid; and the primary deities here are located within the grids.

The largest surviving temple in the Khajuraho Group of monuments today is one called Kandariya Mahadeva.

Additional Information for Visitors

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are open to the public on all days (including festivals and holidays) between 8 am to 6 pm.

The easiest way to reach these monuments is by flight; the local domestic airport is only 2 minute-drive from the town; and the nearest international airport is the Lucknow  airport, at a distance of 235 km from Khajuraho. People can also take a bus from Chhatarpur to the town of Khajuraho which is 44 km away.

A light and sound show happens regularly at the Khajuraho Temple; it is organised by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department. It includes two shows each day, in two languages: English and Hindi. The cost to catch this for Indian visitors is Rs 250 while for foreign nationals it is around Rs 700. 

The timings for these shows are different for winters and summers. The winter timings are from 6.30 pm to 7.25 pm (from October till February), and the summer timings are between 7.30 pm to 8.25 pm (from March to September).

The museum in this monument is open from 8 am to 5 pm; it is closed on Fridays. The ticket price for Indian citizens is Rs 10, and for foreign tourists it is Rs 250.