Adinath Temple, Khajuraho

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Adinath temple is an important temple belonging to the Jain temples in Khajuraho. It is situated to the north of the Parsvanath temple. The temple was built by the rulers of the Chandel dynasty in the 11th century and was dedicated to the Jain saint Adinath. The construction of the temple is based on the structure of sapta-ratha.

The temple is decorated by a single towered shikara, which increases the beauty of the shrine. The walls of the temple have beautiful carvings depicting images and postures of court musicians. The walls also depict a close view of the dance style of Nilanjana, a famed dancer in the court of Adinath.

Several figures of various categories of women like Nayikas, Kaminis and Bhaminis are carved on the walls. Such exquisite carvings on the walls attract tourists even today to the splendid craftsmanship of the workers of that era.


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