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Medieval temples pantomime the fabulous sculptures. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the ravishing Khajuraho temples are glorified with the esthetic elegance. Perfect in implementation and majestic in expressions these Khajuraho temples are a center of temptation for the visitors through out the year.

Khajuraho at Glance

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 section of Hinduism, speculate physical pleasure to be one of the paths to reach God, to procure enlightenment, which is apparent in the images carved on the walls of temples. These amazing brilliance were 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 in numbers.

Temples of Khajuraho

The architectural beauty of the ethereal images at Khajuraho temples is a cryptogram for art historians and a main source of attraction 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 taken to enter the premises of the temple.

The Eastern Group of Temples

The Eastern Group of temples are situated near the Khajuraho village, includes prestigious temples like Brahma, Vamana and Javari located near the Khajuraho Sagar and many Jain pilgrims like the Ghantai, Adinath and Parsvanath situated little further.

The Southern Group of Temples

Duladeo and the Chaturbhuja temples are the famous temples included in the Southern Group of Temples. The Duladeo was built in1100-1150A. D is glorified to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated at a distance of 1km. south of the Khajuraho village. The Chaturbhuja Temple 3km from the town is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Khajuraho Dance Festival

Khajuraho dance festival is organized every year from 25th February to 2nd March in the state of Madhya Pradesh. This is very colorful dance festival, attended by thousands of visitors every year. This dance festival takes place at the open air auditorium in front of the Chitragupta and Vishwanatha Temple. Khajuraho dance festival is very much famous among all the local as well as foreign tourists. These festivals started in year 2002 and since then classical dance performances are presented by professional dances. Artists and performers from various states of India arrive here to participate in Khajuraho dance festival. Some of the best known dance performances in this festival are Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and rare 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

Air: Khajuraho is connected by Indian Airlines Flights to Delhi and other parts of the country.

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

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.