Panna National Park

Khajuraho

Popularly known as the temple city of central India, Khajuraho is a famous tourist spot in Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. This astounding UNESCO World Heritage Site is around 620 km southeast of New Delhi. Endowed with the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, this stunning temple complex beholds medieval erotic sculpture which is the main attraction of Khajuraho.

More than just being a place of worship, the temple complex is also renowned for its unique and impressive architecture. The designs on the walls of the temple are different than the traditional temple architecture which used to be rich in intricately sculptured deities and other floral designs. Here this group of temples promotes various erotic poses described in ancient Indian sex guide Kamasutra. Other than eroticism the temple walls also exhibit enormous sculptures of various art forms like dance, music and creative pursuit.

Though historians have found evidence of the presence of 85 temples in the Khajuraho group of temples, today a total of 25 temples can be found here which are in turn divided into three complexes. Among all these temples, the western part is the largest and most well-known. The most elegantly and stylishly designed edifice of the western complex is Kandariya Mahadev temple of Shaivite sect.

History behind the formation of the temple
Before the arrival of Mughals in India, the system of Brahmacharya was in practice. Boys used to live in hermitages until they become men. To educate them about worldly desires, the depictions of erotic poses adorn the walls. It is accepted by the historians that in between 950 to 1150 Tantric tradition was prevalent in that region when Chandela monarchs built this magnificent temple.

The name Khajuraho also has a wonderful connection with its past. After the decline of Chandela Kingdom in the 13th century, the temple was deserted. With the passage of time the entire temple premise got covered with date palm tree. Later, in 1838 the Indian British Colonial administrators rediscovered the temple and brought it into the lime light.

About the temple
The entire temple complex has multiple options to be explored and each single corner has something unique to offer to the tourists. Some of the temples are exceptional in the real sense of the term. This group of temples is mainly divided into three broad groups known as eastern, western and southern Complex.

The temples of the western complex are mainly dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Some of the important names are Lakshmana Temple, Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Vishvanath Temple, Matangeshwara Temple, Chitra Gupta Temple and some more.

Temples in the eastern complex are mainly dedicated to Jaina Tirthankaras. The major temples of this complex are Adinath, Parsvanth, and Ghantai Temple. Hanuman Temple and Brahma Temple are the two Hindu Temples of this complex.

Dulah Deo Temple or Kunwar Math of southern group of temples depicts the famous Shalabhanjika Sculpture. Chaturbhuja Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva is another significant shrine in the temple complex.

Other must-see attractions in Khajuraho
Visit Khajuraho Archeological Museum, located at the periphery of the temple. The museum has a rich collection of images, statues, carvings collected from the ruined parts of the temple. For exploring the vivacity of Tribal lifestyle, visit Adivart Tribal and Folk-art Museum which exhibit vibrant art, handicrafts and different lifestyle of the hill tribes of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

Khajuraho Dance Festival
A traditional dance festival is organized in February or March at the Western Group of Temples. During this festival, the fascinating monuments are decorated with splendid design and floodlights. The famous musicians or classical dancers of the country take part in this amazing festival. Try to arrange your trip during this time and you will be mesmerized seeing the performances.

When to Visit
The Khajuraho group of temples remains open to the visitors all through the year. But visitors often choose the period of October to March to visit Khajuraho. It is the period when one will not feel irritated for the scorching summer.

How to reach
The world famous tourist destination Khajuraho is well connected to the major cities of the contry by air, train and road.

By Air
For the tourists coming from abroad, Delhi is the nearest International Airport. Upon reaching Delhi a connecting flight will take you to the Airport of Khajuraho which is only 2 km from the Khajuraho City.

By Train
Khajuraho has its own railway station named after the famous temple. The railway station is just around 5 km away from the popular tourist spots of Khajuraho. One can hire cabs at the station premise for travelling to Khajuraho temple.

By Road
There are all varieties of buses that one can avail to reach Khajuraho from different parts of North India. The road approaching Khajuraho is connected to the Nationwide Road Variety 75 and provides easy accessibility.