Khajuraho is among the top off beat destinations of India because of its unique medieval time architecture and amazing erotic sculptures in the ancient temples. This is a group of Hindu and Jain temples located in Chhatarpur District in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. 620 km from New Delhi this site is in Vindhya mountain range of central India.
These temples were built by Chandela kings between 10th and 12th century AD. By the end of 12th century there were 85 temples built by Chandelas, in the area spread over 20 km. Now there are only 20 temples left to be seen by all.
Why tourist swarm Khajuraho
Khajuraho is definitely an offbeat destination not just for erotic sculptors, which it is famous for. Fact is this explicit stone art is just the part of rich sculpting skill depicted overall. There are other sculptures which show routine way of living, divine figures, ethereal abstracts and normal women’s activities like picking thorn from feet etc.
Interestingly, the name Khajuraho came from Khajur the date plants, as legend goes there were two golden date trees at the entrance of temple premises in the times of Chandelas.
The temples has been classified in three zones, ‘Western group around Lakshamana, Eastern group Javeri and Southern group Duladevaa’. Most popular out of these is Western group, where maximum people visit.
Matangeshwara temple is only temple there, where people can go for prayers and see the 8 feet high Shiva Linga.
The temples’ architecture is in typical Hindu tradition of that era. The temples are located around a water body. The mythological reference as locals say that Lord Shiva and other Gods used to pay sabbatical visit to these temples, lake, hills and river area. In western group complex there is one Mahadev temple which is opulent to look at, considered to be the best designed of them all. All the temples are made of sand stones. Other temples are Jagdambhi, Chitragupta, Lakshmi, Parvati, and Nandi. Eastern group has temples scattered all over.
Most of the temples have sculpture of a man fighting a lion, which is said to be an icon of Chandela prince fighting with Lion, a macho deed to perform.
Presently, there are six Shiva, Parvati and their antagonist temples, eight temples are of Vishnu and consorts, one is of Lord Ganesha, one is of Sun God and three temples are of Jain Tirthankar. There are some ruins whose deities are unknown.
Although its deity is Lord Vishnu, it is called Lakshamana temple which is known to have most of the erotic sculptures in the cluster. Explicit Couples’ sculptures can be seen all along the walls of the temple. Although it is work of the art people feel embarrassed to take their kids along. There is lot to talk about Lakshamana temple and its erotic sculptures, but this is just one side of presentation. The beauty and architecture in ambience of history should be the main reason to visit Khajuraho.
Besides, one may also visit famour fort and museums to know the lifestyle of era bygone.
How to reach Khajuraho
Khajuraho has an airport which has flights from New Delhi, Agra, Mumbai & Varanasi. From New Delhi there are few trains, the station is 6 km from monuments. By road connected 10 km away from Chhatarpur to National Highway.
For moving around you can rely on your feet and may hire taxis or autos as well!