Wanting to visit Madhya Pradesh, you cannot miss Khajuraho or Khajuraho temples. Here is all about Khajuraho Group of Monuments.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples located in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, India which is about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. Local people state that Kharjuravāhaka means scorpion bearer, which is a symbolic name for deity Shiva who wears snakes and scorpion in his fierce form. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and amorous sculptures.
All about Khajuraho Group of Monuments:
- The Khajuraho group of monuments were built together but were dedicated to two different religions that are Hinduism and Jainism, to set an example of acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains in the region.
- Historical records note that earlier the Khajuraho temple had 85 temples by the 12th century which were spread over 20 square kilometres.
- But till now, only 25 temples have survived that is spread over 6 square kilometres.
- 6 temples are dedicated to Shiva and his consorts, 8 to Vishnu and his affinities, 1 to Ganesha, 1 to the Sun god, 3 to Jain Tirthankars.
- Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya Mahadev Temple is full of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of Indian art.
- Khajuraho group is one of the four holy sites linked to Hindu deity Shiva, the other three are Kedarnath, Kashi and Gaya.
- According to the Hindu mythology, Khajuraho is the place where Lord Shiva got married with ‘’Matanga’’, or god of love.
- It is considered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.
- Khajuraho group are famous for their erotic sculpture, sexual themes cover less than 10% of the temple sculpture.
- Every year in the month of February a dance festival is held named “The Khajuraho Dance Festival” that features various classical Indian dances set against the backdrop of the Vishwanath Temples.
While recording the television shows Lost Worlds (History Channel) at Khajuraho, Alex Evans recreated a stone sculpture less than 4 feet tall that about 60 days to carve. He just wanted to have a rough idea of how much work must have been involved. He concluded that these temples would have required hundreds of highly trained sculptors.
So, it’s time to pack your bags and enjoy the ancient Indian art of Madhya Pradesh.