How fascinating are the Khajuraho temples?
Established together, the Khajuraho temples were dedicated to two religions, Hinduism and Jainism. Beautifully, they indicate a tradition of acceptance and reverence for the region’s diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains. During the Chandela dynasty’s rule, the Khajuraho group of monuments was established as a striking illustration of the beauteous architecture of India. These temples, with their magnificent and erotic rock carvings, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building activity began almost instantly after their power had risen, in their kingdom to later be identified as Bundelkhand. A fascinating account of the architecture of India history, the Khajuraho group is indeed a sight to behold!
The Khajuraho temples are situated in Madhya Pradesh, in the district of Chhatarpur, about 620 kilometers (385 mi ) southeast of New Delhi, Indian state. The temples are in the vicinity of a small town also called Khajuraho. The art of Khajuraho is a representation of the core of the Indian aesthetics theory. Khajuraho’s erotic sculptures portraying Kama Sutra are popular across the globe. A great example of the wonderful architecture of India history, these sculptures depict the Indo-Aryan architecture, congeal a lyrical paean to love and passion in stone, and show the love and immense admiration of the Chandela dynasty for the prohibited art, paradoxically, in the land of Kama Sutra. They cannot be thought off as mere sexual Khajuraho sculptures. The Khajuraho temples have some of Hinduism’s most respected gods. Indeed, the ancient architecture of India holds immense significance through the lens of Khajuraho.
The surviving temples at Khajuraho Gujarat feature a number of art pieces, 10 percent of which are sexual or erotic art outside and within the temples. Some of the Khajuraho Gujarat temples which have two layers of walls contain on the outside of the inner wall, small erotic carvings. Few scholars who study ancient architecture of India consider these sexual activities to be tantric.
Which are the most famous Khajuraho temples?
These are the richest and largest among the temple group, representing the marvelous architecture of India:
Lakshmana Temple: The oldest and finest temple of the western group, it is named after the ruler who founded the temple. The horizontal beam above the entrance to this magnificent Vaishnavite temple depicts the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva with Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu.
Kandariya Mahadeo Temple: This temple is adorned with an abundance of Khajuraho sculptures which are among the greatest Indian art masterpieces.
Devi Jagdamba Temple: Dedicated to the Devi, this temple is smaller and much more artfully proportioned. Also, it is home to some of Khajuraho’s finest sculptures. The Garbha Griha has a large picture of the Devi of the Universe (Jagdambi), though it seems to have begun as a Vishnu temple. It has the regular three bands of sculptures but some of the most erotic sculptures are the third and uppermost of these buildings.
Chausath Yogini: This is the one granite temple among all the Khajuraho temples.
Chitragupta Temple: It is devoted to the Sun God (Surya) and faces the rising sun to the east.
Mata Nageswara Temple: A temple dedicated to Shiva, it is decorated with a massive 8-feet Lingam.
Varaha temple: It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s Varaha avatar and houses a Vraha (boar) statue in the centrestage, with the Sheshnag lying below it. Carving a Devi Saraswati idol on the Varaha snout reflects that every word or sound (dhvani) seeks blessings from Devi Saraswati (Goddess of speech, knowledge, and learning).
Vishwanath Temple: It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Vishwanath (Universe’s Master). A temple also dedicated to Nandi, it houses a huge statue of Nandi (the Bull, Lord Shiva’s companion, attendant, and closest helper) in the same premises.