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Khajuraho Travel Guide


The Khajuraho temples were constructed in a 100-year period, from 950 to 1050 AD, in a genuinely inspired surge of creativity. Only 22 of the original 85 temples have survived to this day, making it one of the world’s great creative marvels. UNESCO has classified the world-famous temple town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh as a world heritage site for its archaeological and historical sites. The creators of Khajuraho claimed lunar origin, and the narrative surrounding the establishment of this vast empire and its temples is interesting. While bathing in a woodland lake, Hemwati, the gorgeous young daughter of a Brahmin priest, was tempted by the moon-god. Chandravarman, the Chandela dynasty’s founder, was the result of this relationship.zz

Chandravarman was raised in the jungles by his mother, who sought sanctuary from a sensuous culture, and when he became a monarch, he received a dream visitation from his mother. She is supposed to have pleaded with him to construct temples that would reflect human impulses, so revealing the emptiness of human desire. It’s also probable that the Chandelas belonged to the Tantric sect, which believes that satisfying worldly pleasures is a step toward achieving nirvana, or endless emancipation.


Ancient dynasties are typically shrouded in mystery, owing to the scarcity of written documents and the fact that, as is often the case in India, myth and legend weave their way into the history of their inception and rule through time. When a dynasty leaves a legacy as paradoxical as the Khajuraho temples, with their combination of sacred and sensual elements, the web is spun with brighter strands, and the tales that surround it are more colourful. Khajuraho or ‘Khajur-vahika’ (carrier of date palms), also known as ‘Khajjurpura’ in ancient times, takes its name from the golden date palms (khajur) that graced its city gates, and it owes its origin to an alluring girl called Hemvati, according to several legends.
Hemvati was the lovely daughter of Hemraj, the royal priest of Kashi, according to the mediaeval court poet Chandbardai’s narrative in the Mahoba-khand of his Prithviraj Raso (Varanasi). The Moon god was so taken with her beauty that he came to earth in human form and ravished her one summer night when she was swimming in the glittering waters of a lotus-filled pond.
Hemvati, who was a child widow, was distraught and vowed to curse the deity for destroying her life and reputation. The Moon god vowed that she would become the mother of a brave boy as a way of making atonement for his foolishness. He is alleged to have said, “Take him to Khajjurpura.” ‘He will be a magnificent monarch who will construct several temples around by lakes and gardens.’ He will also execute a yagya (religious ritual) that would cleanse you of your sins.’ Hemvati left her house to give birth to her baby in a small hamlet, as per his instructions. Chandravarman, the kid, was as beautiful as his father, fearless and powerful. He could kill tigers or lions with his bare hands by the time he was 16 years old. Hemvati was so pleased with his achievements that she summoned the Moon deity, who gave their son a touchstone that could transform iron into gold and crowned him king of Khajuraho.
Chandravarman won a series of spectacular battles and erected a formidable stronghold at Kalinjar. He started the construction of 85 magnificent temples with lakes and gardens at Khajuraho at his mother’s request, and conducted the bhandya-yagya, which absolved her of her sin. Hemvati is introduced as the widowed daughter of Mani Ram, the royal priest of Kalinjar, in a variant of the same mythology. Due to a calculating error, the priest told his monarch that a certain night was Puranmasi (full moon night), rather than the gloomy night that it turned out to be.
In order to protect her father’s reputation, Hemvati prayed to the Moon god, who was benevolent enough to maintain the priest’s pledge but ravished the daughter in exchange for his favour. The bereaved father was so humiliated that he cursed himself and transformed into a stone, which the Chandelas eventually revered as Maniya Dev. Hemvati had a son, the sage Chandrateya, who subsequently became the Chandela clan’s leader. Historically, the region and atmosphere around Khajuraho have long been known for their cultural accomplishments.


Curry is just one aspect of Indian cuisine. Curries originated in the nation’s south, and the country has more than 15 diverse regional cuisines. In most locations, vegetarian cuisine is the standard, and it comes in the most deliciously inventive forms you can imagine. For meat eaters, it is recommended that you become as vegetarian as you can while in the nation, since vegetarian cuisine are less likely to cause stomach problems. Meat used in places other than top restaurants often leaves a lot to be desired.
Thali (pronounced tar-ley) is India’s most popular supper. It comprises of rice and chapatis (thick flour tortillas) with five sauces and curds, and may be served vegetarian or with meat. Even those who are averse to spicy cuisine will enjoy mild chicken tandoori or Kashmiri-style meals, as well as fish flavoured with coconut, ginger, or fruit in Kerala. Any Kashmiri cuisine will be delicate and full of fruit and nuts (in Kashmir itself, find a restaurant offering a wazwan, a traditional feast containing as many as 17 meat dishes). Pakoras (fried vegetable fritters) are also a good way to get started with Indian cooking. Samosas are vegetable triangles that have been breaded and fried. Dal, an Indian lentil soup, can be found almost anyplace, and if a dish’s name includes the term paneer, it means it contains crushed cottage cheese cubes (it tastes better than it sounds). In the north, dum aloo is a deliciously spicy potato dish. Mutton is generally goat, while buff is water buffalo meat. The breads are outstanding—naan (cooked in a tandoori oven) is the best, but try papadum, a wafer-thin lentil-flour bread, at least once.

Try kheer for dessert (rice pudding). Fruit lassis are a delightful yogurt-based drink; curd, a mild yoghurt, is often offered with meals. We don’t recommend eating from street booths unless the food is freshly prepared in front of your eyes. Indian cuisine is exclusively eaten using the right hand’s fingers. In addition to Indian cuisine, there are also Western and Chinese eateries. Except at the most opulent hotels, avoid ice cream and dairy products. Buy a packet of the ubiquitous glucose biscuits, a bland (but safe) cookie, if you’re in an area where you don’t trust the cuisine but are extremely hungry. Idli, or steamed rice cakes, are widely accessible and are regarded the lightest and safest supper for sensitive stomachs.

Be wary of merchants selling soft drinks that aren’t commonly found in India (whatever’s in those bottles isn’t what the label states). Except at the most opulent hotels, don’t take ice in your drinks—the water used to make the ice may not be the best. The selling of alcohol is illegal in several states. Acquire an All India Liquor Permit when you get your visa (or through the Government Tourist Offices in Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi, or Chennai) and purchase a couple bottles of your favourite alcohol to take with you on your travels across the country.


SHOPPING GOOD BUYS include sandalwood, fabrics (including silks), papier-mache, brassware, wood carvings, clothing, religious paraphernalia, paintings and prints, dhurri rugs, shawls, Oriental carpets, marble inlay boxes, dolls, copperware, bronzes, musical instruments, silver, jute products, tea, saffron, batiks, bamboo products, fossils and crystals. Most decent hotels sell well-made trinkets, but go to any local market for a true Indian shopping experience.

The national and state government emporium shops contain high-quality things, but the prices are often more than elsewhere, and you can’t haggle. Almost everywhere else, bargaining is the name of the game. Depending on the goods, you may want to start with a third to two-thirds off the original asking price and work your way up. Keep in mind that negotiating a fair deal takes time. Be wary of copycats while purchasing name-brand merchandise. Any object older than 100 years is considered an antique, and bringing it home will need an export licence.

You can purchase gems to take home for profit, as gem sellers will tell you, but you may also be burnt; only do it if you know a lot about stones. It’s recommended to avoid any sellers selling animal-derived items like tiger skins or elephant tusks since most animal goods are forbidden to trade, and you can run into issues bringing them back into your own country. If you are dead bent on purchasing such items, the Indian Tourist Office highly advises you to acquire a receipt.
Information about the city
How to Get There By Air
The Khajuraho Air service connects Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Kathmandu through a direct flight.

Rail transport

Mahoba and Harpalpur are the closest train stations. For those travelling from Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai, Jhansi is an accessible railhead, while for those travelling from Varanasi, Satna, on the Mumbai-Allahabad stretch of the Central Railway, is perfect. The railheads are reached by railway from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, and Agra.
By Bus Khajuraho is linked to Chhatarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, panna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Sagar, Jabalpur, indore, Bhopal, Varanasi, and Allahabad by frequent and direct bus services.

Adinath Temple Sightseeing in KHAJURAHO

The temple is elaborately adorned with carved figures, including yakshis, and is dedicated to the Jain saint Adinath. The group’s three Hindu temples are the Brahma, which has a four-faced lingam, the Vamana, which has carvings of apsaras in various sensual poses on its outside walls, and the Javari, which has a finely carved entryway and external sculptures. The temple’s sanctuary is fairly basic, and the Vedika (alter) seems to have been added later. The sanctum’s ceiling is made of Padmashila (lotus-like stone), which adds to its beauty. The craftsman who created the temple’s sculpture have done a fantastic job of expressing diverse emotions in stone. There is a depiction of a woman on the southern wall who has received a letter with bad news. The letter she got is plainly apparent in one of her hands, and the sadness she feels as a result of the message is reflected in her face and other hand. A magnificent Apsara picture of a female dancer may be seen on the temple’s outside wall, at the beginning place of Parikrama (circumambulation), in the middle row of figures.

Her body’s intelligence and restlessness, as well as her strong, dynamic movement, have all been expertly carved out. The body is so appealing that it brings to mind the great dancer Nilanjana from Lord Adinath’s court. The representations of Shashan devis, Yakshines, and Vidyadevis at their right positions offer a lot of beauty, significance, and symbolism to these attractive Apsaras. The Apsara figures peering into a mirror and applying collyrium to her eyes, as well as the one of a mother loving her kid, stand out for their superb workmanship and creative characteristics. The many kinds of women, such as Nayikas, Kaminis, and Bhaminis, are represented in a very dignified and attractive way, and the craftsmanship is excellent.

Temple of Parsvanath

The biggest Jain temple in the group, with remarkable workmanship. Particularly interesting are the sculptures on the northern exterior wall. The topics show ordinary life in delightful detail. A throne sits inside, facing the bull symbol of Adinath, the first tirhankara. In 1860, the Parsvanath picture was placed.

Ghantai Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Ghantai,
This Jain temple contains a frieze depicting Mahavira’s mother’s 16 dreams, as well as a jain goddess riding a winged Garuda.
Hanuman Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu god Han

While travelling from the Western group to Khajuraho hamlet, one comes across the Hanuman temple. Hanuman is represented by a massive statue. “The monkey God” stood roughly 8 feet tall in the now-destroyed temple. On the pedestal is an inscription from the reign of Maharaja Harsh, which dates from 922 A.D. This is the oldest construction found here so far, and it’s fascinating from an archaeological standpoint.

Temple of Brahma

The Brahma Temple is located near the settlement on the bank of Khajur Sagar or Ninora Tal. It has a basic layout and design, with a granite stone body and shikhare constructed of sandstone. The Brahma temple is named after the four-faced figure of Brahma that is currently placed in the sanctuary. The depiction of Lord Vishnu carved prominently on the lintel of the sanctuary entryway indicates that this temple was formerly devoted to him.

Temple of Chitragupta
It is the biggest and most typical Khajuraho temple, standing 31 metres tall. The sanctum sanctorum, which is dedicated to Shiva, has a lingam. The main shrine is magnificently carved, with gods, goddesses, heavenly maidens, and lovers shown in fine detail. The inner compartments’ entry arch, ceilings, and pillars are particularly impressive.
Yogini Chaunsat

It is devoted to Kali and is the group’s sole granite temple and oldest surviving shrine (900 A.D.). Only 35 of the original 65 shrines have been preserved. The Devi Jagdambe Shrine is another Kali temple (formerly devoted to Vishnu).

Temple of Lakshamana
The trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are shown on the lintel over the door of this exquisite Vaishnavite temple, together with Lakshmi, Vishnu’s idol, and Vishnu’s avatars, Narasimha and Varaha. A nine-foot-high statue of this hog incarnation may be seen in the Varaha Temple.
Matangeswara Temple is a Hindu temple in Matangeswara, India
The temple, which is still active, is devoted to Shiva and contains an eight-foot-high lingam. It is located beyond the Western Group’s gates.
Temple of Dulah Deo
This magnificent temple in Khajuraho, also known as Kunwar Math, has some of the most exquisite sculptures, including the Shalbhanjika. With the ardhamanadap, the mandapa, the maha mandapa, the antarala, and the garbha griha, it is a completely formed temple measuring 21 m by 12 m (69 ft. by 40 ft.) with no circumambulatory corridor. The maha mandap’s ceiling is made up of decreasing rings of overlapping stones. The entrance to the garbh griha has a Shiva picture on the lintel, suggesting that the temple was once devoted to Lord Shiva.
Today, a shivlingam is enshrined in the sanctuary. The superstructure is conventional in design, with multiple minor shikhars grouped around the primary shikhara. Apart from the different sculptures within the temple, the outside walls of the temple are also embellished with three bands of sculptures. “The Dulhadeo temple masters worked with a great degree of imagination,” Stella Kramrisch says. “Indeed, whether one analyses the Shalbhanjika-bracket capitals of the mahamandap, the splendour of the breathing bodies of apsaras on the pillars of the ardhamandapa, or the squat shapes of the live four-armed ganas, the masterly touch is always obvious.

Outside, the decoration is just as lavish. The vidyadhar, which occupy the tallest of the three bands of sculptures, are particularly significant. The figures of these wizards flying alone and in couples with their consorts are sculpted. They wield weapons and garlands, wield swords, play musical instruments, and carry dancing in their hands, flying in their legs, and a detached expression on their faces. Their appearance is that of a true mediaeval cast, with a high degree of peacefulness “.. A few extra-ordinary amorous couples (mathunas), including one or two of the most humiliating sort, give that necessary component found in Khajuraho’s grander temples, stamping this temple with greatness.

Temple of Chatturbhuja
The two temples, now in ruins, are located three kilometres south of Khajuraho in the settlement of Jatkari. One of them is a Shiva temple with a marble ligham enshrined inside it. The other has a 3.3 m (11 ft.) high picture of Chatturbhuja (Vishnu) in the sanctum, with a countenance that exudes transcendental peace and ecstasy.

Brahama, Vishnu, and Mahesh are etched exquisitely onto the lintel of the entryway. It is a nirandhara temple with a layout and design similar to that of Javeri, including a sanctuary, mandapa, and entry porch. The temple’s shikhara is simple. On the temple’s jangha, there are three bands of sculptures. The temple dates from about 1100 and is a smaller and older variant of the Duladeo temple.

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