Khajuraho the word has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘kharjrur’ meaning date palms because the palm trees are being available in abundance there. Khajuraho nestles in Chattarpur district Madhya Pradesh, the internationally famed place is known for its ancient temples which belonged to medieval ages. In the past this city has been named as kajuraha and today it is famously known as the temple city of the central India.
This place is world famous for its erotic and sensuous sculpture and having the finest temples of the world which has been exquisitely carved in stones. The temples have been constructed in during the reign of Chandela Rajput around 10th and 16th century. since then only the life of this city began as an empire. Today it is a small village but during the Chandela period it was a large city of the medieval Rajput kings and was the cultural capital of the Chandela Rajputs believed to be ruled this part of India for about two centuries. These constructions of temples mark the most significant period and are made up of sand stone. This place is considered to be a saga of Indian art and culture carved in stone by stone craftsmen.
The most intriguing thing to notice about these temples is erotic sculptures are carved on the walls that surrounds the temple, but cannot be found inside the temple or with deities. The sculptures reflect the desires of a common man. The reasons behind the sensuous sculptures only being at the periphery of the temples could be that to reach or meet god one has to leave their desires and be pure at heart.
Khajuraho had numerous temples in the past, the history records shows that it had 80 temples but now only 25 remained in pretty good state till date. The temples were constructed in between 950AD and 1150AD therefore it was a bit difficult to take proper care of all of the temples. Chitragupta, Kandriya Mahadevi, Parshwanath, ChaturBhuja, Ghantai, Vishwanath, ChausthYogini, Brahma, Lalgun Mahadev, Matangeshwar, Varaha, Lakshman, Devi Jagdambi, Vaman, Adinath and Duladev are some of the most fascinating and beautifully built temples of the place.
Khajuraho is one of the seven wonders of India adding on to India’s pride and now it also comes under the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Archaeological Survey of India.
There is a Khajuraho dance festival which is held on 25th February to 2nd March annually, featuring various Indian classical dance performances highlighting the culture of India. An event, showcasing the philosophy, History and art of Khajuraho is organized every evening here for its visitors and adding on to its attractions too.
Planning a tour to Khajuraho will give you an exciting experience; Khajuraho tour will not only include beautifully carved temples and erotic sculptures but also visit some parts of Madhya Pradesh like Panna National Park which provides a perfect destination to enjoy Madhya Pradesh’s rich flora and fauna.
Khajuraho is easily reachable by any part of the country as it has an airport of its own connecting it to the other major cities. Travelling through railways is yet another option; the nearest railway station is at Mahoba which is around 60kms away from Khajuraho. Travelling by road is also a pretty good option as the bus service is at regular intervals.