KHAJURAHO THE TEMPLE TOWN
Khajuraho city, the capital of Chandela Kings was build between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. The gothic lustrous Khajuraho Temples known all over the world for their passionate sculptures had a unique prominence of Indo-Aryan architecture, sanctified to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. Legend has it, that a section of Hinduism, believe that physical pleasure is one of the paths to reach God, to procure enlightenment, which is apparent in the images carved on the walls of temples. The amazing brilliance of these temples was almost lost in the dust of bygone era and were only rediscovered in 1838 century by Britishers. Initially the temples were 85 in numbers but with the passage of time only 22 are left.
Temples of Khajuraho
The architectural beauty of the ethereal images at the temples is a cryptogram for art historians and a main source to boost Khajuraho Tourism, world wide. The Khajuraho Temples are broadly divided into 3 groups, Western, Eastern and Southern.
Western Group of Temples
The Western Group of Temples best protracted by the Archaeological Survey of India lies in the center of green meadow and kaleidoscopic flowerbeds. These erotic temples included in World Heritage site manifest the most intense, magnificent sculptures of Khajuraho. The Jagadambi temple, the eternal Kandariya Mahadeva and the Chitragupta temples are the finest examples of the most extrinsic sculptures of India.
The temple of Lord Vishnu built in A.D 954 by Yasovarman is also known as a prestigious Lakshmana temple and it is the starting point to hunt the fortunes of Khajuraho. At the entrance the ticket has to be bought to enter the premises of the temple.
The Eastern Group of Temples
The Eastern Group of temples are situated near the Khajuraho village, including prestigious temples of Brahma, Vamana and Javari located near the Khajuraho Sagar. Many Jain pilgrims like the Ghantai, Adinath and Parsvanath are situated a little further.
Duladeo and Chaturbhuja temples are included in the Southern Group of Temples. The Duladeo was built in 1100-1150A. D, glorifying Lord Shiva and Chaturbhuja Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Festivals Khajuraho holiday tour does not end at the temples. Khajuraho dance festival is organized every year from 25th February to 2nd March in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This is a very colorful dance festival, attended by thousands of visitors every year. This dance festival takes place in the open area in front of the Chitragupta and Vishwanatha Temple. Khajuraho dance festival is very famous among all local as well as foreign tourists. These festivals were started in year 2002 and since then has attracted great crowds to visit Khajuraho at that time. Classical dance performances are presented by highly professional and famous dancers from India. Artists and performers from various states of India arrive here to participate in the festival. Some of the best known dance forms in this festival are Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and ancient Kathakali with stage fights with elaborate masks. In recent years, modern Indian dances have also found their place in the Khajuraho Dance Festival. Along with the dance and music performances, you can also see a number of craftsmen trading off their arts and crafts products to the visitors.
Mode of Transport
By Air Khajuraho is connected by Indian Airlines Flights to Delhi and other parts of the country.
By Rail Harpalpur at a distance of 110km. is the nearest railhead. Jhansi at a distance of 175km, Satna 117km are other important rail junctions for visiting Khajuraho from all metropolitan cities of India
By Road A well-knitted road connects Khajuraho to all parts of India. Agra is 395 km, Allahabad 285 km, Bhopal 372 km Delhi 590 km, Lucknow 267 km and Varanasi 415 km.