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About Khajuraho:-

Khajuraho is known all over the world for its Kama sutra temples, sexual & erotic architecture and sculpture.  The construction of these Temples is thousand-year old took a little over two centuries. In terms of architecture of these temples, they form the high peak of the north Indian 'Nagara' style. 

Of the 85 temples believed to have been built between the 9th and 12th centuries only 20 have survived, many in splendid condition, others having given way to the ravages of time and nature.

Both internally and externally the temples are richly carved with excellent sculptures that are frequently sensual and, at times, sexually explicit. The temples are divided into three complexes and the Western Complex is the largest and best known for its temples.

Close to and around Khajuraho is forest land; a small clearing houses a village populated by no more than 3,000 residents, but visited each year by thousands of tourists from all over the world.

The modern Khajuraho is a small village, serving and warmly welcoming the tourists with hotels, good roads & transport facilities and an airport. The Name “Khajuraho” is derived from the prevalence of Khajur- Date palms, in the area.

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DEVI MANDAP : Opposite the large Lakshman Temple are two small Hindu religion shrines. The one directly opposite, is called Devi Mandap. The cemented peaked roof is an indication that it has been renovated during the last century.

VARAHA MANDAP : This open pavilion stands to the south of the Devi shrine on a high platform. The Mandap stands elevated above the ground with 14 short pillars that support the high pyramidal roof capped with an Amalaka and Kalash. Further, the beauty of this little pavilion enhances as a low parapet wall forms the side of the Mandap, and here you can sit on the soft smoothened stone and admire the image of Varaha. Directly under the pyramidal roof stands an enormous monolithic image of the Varaha - The Boar Incarnation of Hindu Lord – Vishnu (the lord of preservation). The image is made out of a single block of sandstone that measures 2.6 meters long and 1.7 meters high.

Lakshman Temple : This temple is as tall as it is long, measuring approximately 25.9 meters in length. It is raised on a high platform which also has some interesting sculptures (royal processions, court scenes) that you can see before ascending the temple stairs. The Lakshman Temple stands like a giant mountain of stone at the center, and is unique in Khajuraho for its four subsidiary shrines at the four corners of its rectangular platform. Each subsidiary shrine has a little porch, bands of sculpture along the exterior walls.  Moving always around a temple in a clockwise direction, the band of sculptures unfolds a never-ending picture scroll. Along the narrow southeast side passage are erotic panels of sexual rituals of a man engaged in intercourse with a horse, a regal lord being fanned by a female attendant and other court scenes. There is a lively scene musician, a child dancing before the king, a hunting incident of a hunter on horseback pursuing his hapless prey. The remainder of the panel, as it weaves around the Lakshman Temple, depicts caparisoned horses and riders, warring elephants and processions of soldiers. 

Kandariya Mahadev Temple : The name Kandariya Mahadev refers also to Shiva, the ascetic who dwells in a mountain cave, lost in meditation. It is undisputedly largest and most magnificent temple in Khajuraho. The elegant proportions of this building and its sculptural detailing are the most refined examples of the artistic heritage of Central India. Kandariya Mahadev shares its high platform with the small Mahadev shrine and the medium-sized Devi Jagadambi Temple, thereby accentuating its height and grandeur. The height of temple is 30 meter high and 20 meters wide. The temple rises 35.3 meters above the ground hence from the east it looks like a huge mountain of stone with a dark cave-like opening set high above the ground.

Jain Group of Temples : South east of Khajuraho village, the road ends in front of the complex of Jain temples. On the way to the Jain complex, at the southern edge of the village and barely visible from the road are the ruins of the Ghantai Temple. All that remain are pillars, some with bells (Ghanti, hence the name) dangling on chains all carved in stone. Cunningham discovered the only Buddhist statue to be found in Khajuraho in the vicinity of the Ghantai temple. The Jain temple complex was recently developed, with shops and a small museum displaying Jain images salvaged from the vicinity.

Parshvanath Temple : This temple is built on a low plinth, unlike the high platforms of all other temples at Khajuraho, which makes it much easier to study the sculptures here. The temple is rectangular in shape with few stars  like projections that add so much variety to the other temples of this period.

Adinath Temple : Standing beside the Parshvanath temple on the north side, is this exquisite little temple. The temple exterior has been divided into an Adhishthana, above which are two rows of sculptures and a narrow band of celestial musicians and garland bearers. The first perception of the figurative art of the Adinath temple is that it is so elegant and refined, so different from its heavier, stubbier counterparts in the Parshvanath temple.

Light & Sound Show: This fascinating show evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day.  Mounted in the complex of the Western Group of temples, the 50-minute show runs in Hindi and in English every evening.

Timings of Sound & Light Show at Western group of temples
· English: 06:30 pm to 07:25 pm. (The timings might change anytime without any prior notice)
· Hindi:  07:40 pm to 08:35 pm. (The timings might change anytime without any prior notice)

Dhubela Museum : Located in an old fort, Dhubela Museum on the Jhansi-Khajuraho road showcases many artifacts from the ancient to the modern era. A visit to this museum provides a deep insight on the history, development and decline of the great Bundela Era Kings of Khajuraho. The architectural grandeur and historical enigma of the Bundela kings and the lifestyle of the then generation is revealed before the visitor through various sculptures and artifacts. The sculptures put on display belonged to the ‘Shakti’ cult and the rare collection of articles & exhibited in the museum includes - The Garments, Weapons and Paintings of the Bundela kings. 

Rajgarh Palace: This palace is about  25 km away from Khajuraho. A picturesque 150 year old palace which is now converted into a heritage hotel is worth a visit. Rajgarh Palace is located near Petambra Peeth was built by King Shatrujit Bundela. Palace is made of architecture of The Bundeli era. A museum is also located in this place and it preserves the things of Geological & Cultural Importance.

Raneh Falls: Famous for their rock formations, Raneh Falls on the Ken River is around 20 km from the historic town of Khajuraho. The main attraction is a 5 km long, 100 ft deep canyon of crystalline granite in varying shades of color ranging from pink and red to grey. Surrounded by pristine forests, a series of seasonal waterfalls makes it an ideal spot for nature lovers.

Pandava Falls: On the Ken River is Pandav Falls, about 30 km from Khajuraho. In Indian old scriptures we have the mentioning of the Pandavas who were involved in Mahabharata. It is believed that 5 brothers fought the great battle of the Hindu Epic – Mahabharata because they were expelled out of their Kingdom by their own cousins. Pandavas spent some years of their exile here, hence the name is Pandava.

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