Khajuraho temples: blend of marvelous creativity and architecture
3 years ago
The Khajuraho temples located in Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh are famous all over the world for their amazing craftsmanship and unimaginable sculpture. Here is a group of very ancient and famous temples in India. At the same time, erotic sculptures on the walls of these temples attract the attention of all the tourists who come here. Khajuraho is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but is also believed to be one of the Wonders of India.
Khajuraho was given its name Khajura-Vahika because of the presence of the date trees. “Khajura” means “Date” in the Hindi language, and “Vahika” means “Bearing.”Each gate of Khajuraho is believed to have been flanked by two date/palm trees during the 11th century.
Khajuraho has a group of major temples of Hindu and Jainism, which is famous as the Khajuraho group of monuments. Khajuraho temples, famous worldwide for their artwork, are built about 35 miles from Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh. The beauty and attractiveness of the temple of Khajuraho remained intact till the 12th century, but in the 13th century when the Chandela kingdom was annexed by Sultan Qutub-ud-din of the Delhi Sultanate, the monuments of the Khajuraho temple were greatly destroyed, and its beauty had decreased significantly.
At the same time, from the 13th to 18th centuries, the historical and wonderful temples of Khajuraho of Madhya Pradesh were under the control of the Muslim rulers. Famous for their amazing artwork and royal designs, these temples were also destroyed during this period. In 1495 AD, the ruler of the Lodi dynasty, Sikandar Lodi, forcefully demolished many famous Khajuraho temples.
At the same time, according to some historians, the number of temples of Hindu and Jainism was 85, which was earlier spread over an area of 20 kilometers, and now only 20-25 of these temples are left, which are spread over a radius of 6 kilometers. At the same time, due to lack of proper care in these temples of Khajuraho, there was a lot of damage, as well as idols from many temples that started disappearing.
Most of the sculptures in the temples of this historic Khajuraho have been made using red sandstone, while granite stones have also been used in the construction of some of the sculptures. The temples are divided into three compounds— the West, the East, and the South. Temples include Dulhadev temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Lakshman Temple, Parsvanath Temple, Vishwanath temple.
How to reach Khajuraho:
Khajuraho is well connected to air, road and rail transport. Khajuraho Airport is only 5kms away from the main temple. Khajuraho Railway Station is also 5 km away from the main temple, and connected to major cities like Bhopal and Delhi, and towns directly.
Best Time to visit Khajuraho:
The best and ideal time to visit Khajuraho is the winter season that is the time between October to February. Travelers can enjoy Khajuraho dance festival during this period of time. The weather during these months is quite comfortable to roam around. Summers are extremely hot and monsoons have humidity which is not suitable to watch the intricate beauty of the temples.