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Khajuraho: The Temples of Love

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Ever felt like taking a walk back in time and seeing the lifestyle and beliefs of our ancestors? Then you should head to Madhya Pradesh and the town of Khajuraho in the Chattarpur District. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is house to ancient Hindu and Jain temples. Originally consisting of 85 temples, now only 22 still remain standing here.

These beautifully sculpted temples gives us an insight about the traditions, cultures and belief of our ancestors. Most of the temples were built to revere specific Gods and Goddesses. So head to Khajuraho and tour these groups of temples that will certainly take you back in time.

How to Reach
  

How to Reach

Khajuraho is easily accessible to all. The Khajuraho Airport is linked with Delhi, Varanasi, Agra and Mumbai. The train station which was opened here in 2008 connects it to Jhansi. One can also travel here by train from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum. Also one can avail local transport like bus or taxi if they are in the town or nearby.

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Adinath Jain Temple
  

Adinath Jain Temple

The Adinath Jain Temple is beautifully embellished with sculpted figures and is dedicated to the Jain Tirthankar. Here are places where you can stay in Khajuraho.

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Chattarbhuj Temple
  

Chattarbhuj Temple

The Chaturbhuj Temple at Khajuraho is well known for its architecture and is also the only temple devoid of eroctic sculptures. There is a 9ft tall carved Vishnu idol here.

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Chitragupta Temple
  

Chitragupta Temple

The Chitragupta temple is dedicated to the Sun God 'Surya'. The temple is built facing the east so that it faces the rising sun.

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Devi Jagdamba Temple
  

Devi Jagdamba Temple

The Devi Jagdamba Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of the Universe. Smaller in structure compared to the other temples here, it is home to some of the finest sculptures of Khajuraho.

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Dulhadev Temple
  

Dulhadev Temple

The Duhadev temple enshrines a Shivlingam. It has many a sculptures carved into the temple structure of which the apsara and the ornamented figures are most striking.

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Kandariya Mahadeo Temple
  

Kandariya Mahadeo Temple

The Kandariya Mahadeo Temple is decorated with plenty of sculptures which is considered to be among the masterpieces of Indain art.

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Lakshmana Temple
  

Lakshmana Temple

The oldest of temples in this region, is named after the ruler who built it. There is a horizontal beam over the enterance of this Vishnu temple which shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

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Parsvanath Temple
  

Parsvanath Temple

The Parsvanath Temmple is the largest in the group and flaunts exquisite carvings in its structure. The temple has three roofs which shows a mixture of Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim influences.

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Vamana Temple
  

Vamana Temple

The Vamana temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vamana is believed to the dwarf avatar of Vishnu. The temple is located in a secluded spot and has a simple architectural design.

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Varaha Temple
  

Varaha Temple

The Varaha temple is yet again dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his boar avatar. There is a statue of the Varaha with a Sheshnag lying beneath it at the center.

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Vishwanath Temple
  

Vishwanath Temple

The Vishwanath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Mahadev. This temple also has another temple within it dedicated to Nandi the bull, who is the companion, attendant and closest aid to Lord Shiva. Here is the list of other attractions that you can visit near Khajuraho.

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