Khajuraho – Discover the Artistic Illustration of Eroticism Engraved in Stones
Kamasutra, the forbidden art of lovemaking and erotica, gets an aesthetic interpretation at the Khajuraho Groups of Temples in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Built during the reign of Chandela Rulers between 950 CE and 1050 CE, the temples were unfortunately a subject to Muslim invasions till 14th century and were isolated from the world under the thick vegetation covers, only to be discovered by the British in the 19th century. Recognized a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, there are three groups consisting of 3 Jain and 18 Hindu temples. Likemytrip.com is your source of information as well as tour planning for Khajuraho, the quaint village enjoying the backdrops of rugged Vindhya Hills.
Places to See
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in the Western Group is the largest and one of the most exquisite structures in Khajuraho. Duladeo Temple in the Southern Group and Jain Temples of Parsvanath and Adinath in the Eastern Group are other marvelous wonders with superlative architectures.
Other top highlights include Lakshmana Temple, Devi Jagadambi Temple, Vamana Temple, Chaturbhuja Temple and Javeri Temple.
- It is believed that the young boys during Chandela Dynasty would stay at hermitages in the region and were educated using the sculptures.
- Khajuraho’s artistic splendor is not limited to erotica, but the magnificent carvings also depict people’s daily chores, music and dance, animal and birds, mythical beings and much more.
- The Western Group of Temples at Khajuraho hosts a Light and Sound Show every evening which is definitely worth attending.
- Khajuraho Dance Festival is a grand spectacle held annually (usually in February). During the festival, the eminent dancers from all over India perform fascinating Indian classical dances like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri and many more.
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