Khajuraho, the land of erotic temples, is a small village situated in Madhya Pradesh, India. Built in 'Nagara' style of architecture in 10th-11th century, the sculptures and images engraved on the walls of temples depicts passion, eroticism, dance and music. These temples showcase how mature the Indian civilization was at that time. There were a total of 85 temples built but only 22 of them have survived the cruelty of harsh weather and time.
The world renowned archeological village was once the capital of Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty. There is an interesting legend that connects the temples and Chandela dynasty. As per the legend the royal priest of Kashi had a beautiful daughter named, Hemavati. One night, while she was bathing in river Rati, the Moon God got amazed by her beauty. Out of passion and lust, he descended to earth in human form and ravished her. From their union, Hemavati gave birth to their son, Chandravarman in a small village. That boy later founded the Chandela dynasty. As per his mother wish he built these temples revealing human passion.
The major tourist attractions of Khajuraho are obviously its temples. The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three sects - western, eastern and southern group. The western group is the largest and the most famous one. Kandariya Mahadeo is the largest temple of all and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Lakshmana temple is yet another beautiful temple showcasing the divine trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Chaunsath Yogini, Chitragupta, Vishwanatha and Matangeshwara are other major temples. In the eastern sect of temples, Parsavnath temple is the biggest Jain temple and is a beautiful example of sensitive art. The other temples are Adinath, Shantinath, Ghantai, Vamana and Javari temples. There are only temples in Southern group. They are Duladeo temple and Chaturbhuja temple. Apart from these temples, State museum of Tribal and Folk Arts is also a must visit destination. This museum has a wide collection of Indian art and craft artifacts.
How to Reach Khajuraho
Air - Khajuraho has its own Airport and is connected major metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
Rail - The nearest Railway Stations are Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna and Jhansi. They are convenient railheads for those traveling from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Varanasi and Agra.
Road - Khajuraho is well connected with regular and direct bus services with Chattarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, Jhansi, Agra, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad.