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KHAJURAHO SIGHTSEEING

 

The temples of Khajuraho are one of India's major attractions. The temples are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture, but it is the decorations with which they are so liberally embellished that has made Khajuraho so famous. Around the temples are bands of exceedingly fine and artistic stonework. The sculptors have shown many aspects of Indian life 1000 years ago - gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals. Large number of visitors come to Khajurao in March for the dance festival. Western Group : The main temples are in the western group, conveniently close to the tourist part of Khajuraho. Most are contained within a fenced enclosure which is very well maintained as a park. Lakshmi and Varaha : Facing the large Lakshmana Temple are these two small shrines. The Varaha Temple is dedicated to Vishnu's boar incarnation. Inside this small, open shrine is a huge, solid and intricately carved figure of the boar incarnation. Lakshmana Temple : This temple is dedicated to Vishnu. It is one of the best preserved, with a full 5-part floor plan and 4 subsidiary shrines. Around the temple are two bands of sculpture. Around the base of the temple is a continuous frieze with scenes of battles, hunting and processions. The temple platform gives you a good view of the Matangesvara Temple. Kandariya Mahadev : This temple is not only the largest of the temples,but is also artistically and architecturally the most perfect. The central shrine is superb and shows the typical 5-part design of Khajuraho temples. The main spire is 31 mtrs. high, and the temple is lavishly carved.


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Devi Jagadamba : This temple is dedicated to Kali. The sculptures around the temple are in 3 bands. Chitragupta : This temple is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. It has some very fine sculptures that include processions, elephant fight and hunting scenes. In the inner sanctum, Surya can be seen driving his chariot and seven horses. Vishvanath Temple and Nandi : A large image of the bull Nandi faces the temple from the other end of the common platform. Steps lead up to this high terrace, flanked by lions on the northern side and elephants on the southern side. Matangesvara Temple : This temple stands next to the Lakshamana Temple. Inside the temple is a polished linga, 2.5 metres. high. Chausath Yogini : It is the only temple constructed entirely of granite. Chausath means 64. A further half kilometre west is the Lalguan Mahadev Temple, dedicated to Siva. Archaeological Museum : Close to the western enclosure, this museum has a fine collection of statues and sculptures. There is a wonderful dancing Ganesh figure in the entrance gallery. Eastern Group : The eastern group of temples can be subdivided into two groups. The 1st is made up of interesting Jain temples in the walled enclosure. The other four temples are scattered through the small village of Khajuraho. Jain Museum : Outside the Jain enclosure is this recently constructed circular gallery, filled with statues of the 24 tirthankars.


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Parsvanath : The largest of the Jain temples in the walled enclosure is also one of the finest at Khajuraho. It is notable for the exceptional skill and precision of its construction, and for the beauty of its sculptures. Adinath : It is adjacent to the Parsvanath Temple. It has fine carvings on its 3 bands of sculptures. Shanti Nath : This temple is a relatively modern one built about a century ago. There is the 4.5 metre high statue of Adinath. Ghantai : This is a small Jain temple. It is interesting for the delicate columns with their bell and chain decoration and for the figure of a Jain goddess astride a Garuda which marks the entrance. Javari : This temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a particularly fine example of Khajuraho architecture. Vamana : About 200 mtrs. north of the Javari Temple, this temple is dedicated to Vamana, the dwarf incarnation of Vishnu. It is notable for the relatively simple design of its sikhara. Hanuman : The Hanuman Temple contains a large image of the monkey god. This 2.5 metre statue has on it the oldest inscription here,dating it to 922 AD. SOUTHERN GROUP : There are only two temples in the southern group. Duladeo : This is the latest temple at Khajuraho. It is a fine and graceful temple. Chaturbhuja : This temple is to the south of the river and is about 3 km. from the village. It has a fine 3 metre high image of Vishnu.


KHAJURAHO - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY AIR Indian Airlines is in the Hotel Temple Building. They have a daily Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi flight that returns by the same route to Delhi. BUS AND TRAIN From the west there are bus services from Agra, Gwalior and Jhansi. Jhansi is the nearest approach to Khajuraho on the main Delhi to Bombay rail line. Overnight buses for mascochists connect Khajuraho with Bhopal and Indore.


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