General Information about
Khajuraho is located in Madhya Pradesh in central India.
Explore the sensuous sub-continent
Hundreds of miles from civilization, deep in the hinterlands of central
India where the tiger still has its own domain and where the depths of the
forests hold their own secrets are a small clearing. Here: a village, modest
by any standards; a tank, ambitiously called a lake; groups of ancient
temples, some in ruins. For most people, Khajuraho continues to remain an
enigma, a quest in the arena of world art.
modern village of Khajuraho is a cluster of hotels,
restaurants, shops and stalls, near the western group of
temples. The government of India tourist office is here. There
are also offices at the airport and the bus stand which can be
helpful with booking accommodations in the height of the
season. The largest and most important temples are in the
attractively landscaped western enclosure in this area. A km
or so east of the bus stand is the old village of Khajuraho.
Around it are the temples of the eastern group and to the
south are two further groups of temples. During the tourist
season, dance displays are staged at the modern purpose-built
Chandella Cultural Center. Foreigners have to pay a rip-off
US$ 5 for tickets. The tourist office is said to reviewing its
discriminatory pricing policy.
The legacy of time
Ancient dynasties are often covered in a veil of mystery, largely because
written records are rare and, as is often the case in India, myth and legend
weave their way over time into the history of their origin and their reign.
And when the dynasty leaves a legacy as contradictory as the Khajuraho
temples, with their mix of the religious and the sensuous, the web is woven
of brighter threads, the accompanying legends more colourful.
According to one theory, the erotic carvings on Khajuraho temple complex
were created to prevent the rain God Indra from accidentally striking the
holy place with lightning.
Architecture of the Temple Complex
In the temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex remains unique.
One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the
Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and
richly carved, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho. The
amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion
of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the
original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a
collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion
of man with his creator. Stone figures of apsaras (celestial maidens) appear
on each of the 22 temples.
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shops located near the temples where you can purchase the local
handicrafts and other souvenirs which at times make good gift
a number of handicraft shops in the market opposite to the Western group of temples and the nearby Gole
market. The hotels, Chandela, Jass Oberoi, Holiday Inn, Clarks
Bundela and Ashok also have shopping arcades. Photo shops are
also located here and cameras are available on hire.
The place has a
typical continental type of climate with summers being hot and
winters cold. Best season to visit these temples is between the
months of October and April.