The main attraction of Khajuraho is the Khajuraho Group of Temples. These temples are known for their Nagara architectural style and are listed as UNSESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating back to 950 AD, the temples are inscribed with ornamental carvings, mostly erotic. By the end of 12th century there were 85 temples as a whole, but today only 22 are left; Kandariya Mahadev Temple being the best of them all. The temples promoted integrity and acceptance between the Jains and Hindus.
Khajuraho is divided into three geological groups namely the Western, Eastern and Southern. Excluding few temples, there is no puja offered in any of the temples in Khajuraho. An entry fee is charged for visiting the temples and all temples are open from morning till evening. Sculptures at the temples at Khajuraho celebrate the theme of womanhood. You can find women in different moods, be it dancing with abandon or seductively beautiful. Few sculptures are based on erotic and sexual themes.
The Western group
This group is perhaps the most famous amongst the three groups for the chief and archetypal Khajuraho temples. The Kandariya Mahadeva temple is absolutely symmetrical and is 31m high; the arch in the main entrance is wonderfully carved.
Chitragupta temple houses the Sun God and has a 5 feet high idol in the sanctum sanctorum. Devi Jagadamba temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, Lakshmana temple to Lord Vishnu, as the Chandela rulers were all vaishnavites (devotees of Lord Vishnu).
Chausath Yogini temple is the only temple built in granite, quadrangular in shape and is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Vishwanath temple has an exquisitely carved exterior and an icon of a three-headed Brahma. The other temples are Matangeshwar temple with an archeological museum in the south and Varaha temple.
The Eastern group
The Eastern group has a combination and Hindu and Jain temples. Parsvanath temple is the biggest of all Jain temples located here and the temple is an example of structural design.
Ghantai temple is another Jain temple and is almost in ruins, the remains look splendid till date. Adinath temple is another one in the group of Jain temples. The Hindu temples include Vishnu, Brahma and Javari temples and each of them speak their own architectural language.
The Southern group
This cluster of temples is located 5 km from the Khajuraho complex and houses the Chaturbhuj temple for Lord Vishnu and Duladeo temple.
Apart from these there are other places of interest near Khajuraho like Ramvan, Ajaygarh Fort, Nachna, Kalinjar Fort , Panna national park, Pandava Falls, Raneh Falls, Dhubela Museum, and Rajgarh Palace etc.
The Khajuraho Dance Festival is well known and is held from 25th February to 2nd of March every year. The festival is conducted in front of the Chitragupta temple in the Western group. The dance festival brings together famed artists from all over India and has been conducted every year since its inception in 2002.
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