India, where even today sex is a taboo, there the bold displays of erotic archeological figurines in Khajuraho temples are ironic. Since time immemorial, India is known for its religious connections. The lost city of Khajuraho was discovered by British engineer T.S. Burt after 9th century. The former Chandela capital Khajuraho is also dotted with some of the most attractive temples of the country. Known for their unmatched beauty and size, Temples of Khajuraho are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture. Khajuraho sculptures reflect the all-round aspects of Indian life. Temples of Khajuraho's exterior wall exhibits different Kamasutra of positions, pictures of Gods and Goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals.
Tours to Khajuraho Temples
Western, Eastern and Southern- you can see these Khajuraho Temples are divided in to these three groups of belief.
Western Group of Khajuraho Temples
Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho constitutes some of the magnificent temples like
Kandariya Mahadeo - This largest and most typical Khajuraho temple is around 31m high.
Chaunsath Yogini - This temple is the earliest surviving temple of the group.
Chitragupta Temple - This temple is devoted to the Sun God (Surya Dev)
Vishwanatha Temple -Apart from the stone carvings the main highlights of the temple is its impressive entrances with magnificent stone guarding
Lakshmana Temple - This temple has some of the beautiful sculptures of the divine trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
Matangeshwara Temple - This Lord Shiva's temple is famous for the overwhelming eight-foot high lingam.
Eastern Group of Khajuraho Temples
The sculptural embellishment and intensity of architectural brilliance is very much apparent in the Eastern Group of Temples which includes
Parsvanatha Temple - Dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Parshvanatha, this is the largest Jain temple of the Eastern group.
Ghantai Temple - This Jain Temple is famous for its ornamental representation of 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother. It also has several stoned carved pictures of a Jain goddess on a winged Garuda.
Adinatha Temple - This temple is richly decorated with delicate and pretty sculptures. This temple is dedicated to first Jain saint, Adinath.
Brahma Temple - Known for its four-faced image of Brahma, the temple is made up of granite stone.
Javari Temple - For its richly carved gateway and exterior sculptors, this temple is one of the favorite choices of the historians. Its carved doorway and sculptures on its exteriors has earned much popularity.
Southern Group of Khajuraho Temples
The extraordinary southern Group of Temples includes
Duladeo Temple - This temple is popular for the striking images of the divine maidens.
Chaturbhuja Temple - This temple has a huge imposing carved image of Lord Vishnu.
Khajuraho Temple Attractions
While you are visiting Khajuraho Temples, you can help but to get delighted to see the various temple attractions which include
Khajuraho Dance Festival -To celebrate the unique spirits of life, Khajuraho Dance festival is being celebrated every year. This unique dance festival reflects the true spirit of Khajuraho and held in the month of March. This festival sees some of the brilliant performances of many ace artists.
Mahashivaratri - Mahashivaratri is celebrated in the month of Feb or March according to the Hindu calendar. Matangeshwar Temple,
Sound and Light Shows -
At the western temples, every night at 7 pm government of tourism has arranged a light show at the western temples. The show brings out the history and culture of Khajuraho over the past 4000 years.