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KHAJURAHO

KHAJURAHO

Khajuraho, a small nondescript village surrounded by jungles and water bodies by hidden from the public view over the centuries in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh till 1819 A.D. when a team of surveyers consisting of the British officials chanced upon this architectural find while condneting survey work in the area. As the authority took notice of its existence , extensive excavation work took place and by and by from the derelict and decrepit mounds of earth emerged the architectural marvels laying beneath.

 

Khajuraho the temple town was the capital of the mediaval Chandella Rajputs of Bundel khand, who patroniged the construction of these unique temples of architectural beauty reigned over a century from 900 A.D. to 1050 A.D. when it felled to the muslim invaders, the glorious days of Khajurho ended.

 

However during the extensive excavation work of the area the present day khajuraho emerged from its long shrouded mystry and came to be known to the outside world as a place of wonderful architectural beauty and sculptures adorning it.

 

Khajuraho derived its name from the date palm tree that once abounded the area, originally there were 85 temples of which only 22 of those temples survived the onslaught of time.

 

The temple are famous for their beautiful and unique sculptures on the outer walls of the temples, Various figures and figurines of the gods and goddess and mythical characters and the ordinary people have been carved out of the sand stone which were brought from panna hill nearby are.

 

There is a surfeit of eroticism in many of the sculpture adorning the walls of many temples, but its presentation and the exquisitely carved the figures hold the viwer in great awe and the amagement, Among the sculptures the lady with the mirror and the lady picking up thorn from the sole of her feet and Shiva and Parbati in embrace stand out. The temple that now exist are mainly dedicated to Bishnu and Shiva, it is learnt that there were also temples belonging to Buddhists but they do not exist any more, The temple are ituated over an area of 13 Sq. K.M. and are mainly divided in three sectors, South, East and West, of which the temples on the Western part are mostly famous for their exquisit sculptures. Among these temple Laxmana, Kandariya Mahadeo, vishhwanath, Chitragupta are of worth mention. Eastern Group consisting of three Hindu temples and three Jain temples, Southern group consistes of two temples.

 

The main stay of tourist centre has been developed around this western sector where hotels, eateries and shop etc. and the bus terminus and stands for other mode of vehicles and situated.

 

Hotel Chandela (not for ordinary tourist), Hotel Rohit (Tariff: Normal) approved by the deptt. Of tourist govt. of India.

 

Satua is the nearest rail head on the Howrah – Mumbai (Via Allahabad) line, the pace can also be reached from Jhansi and other places.

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