Located in the woody planes of Bundelkhand region, Khajuraho is a city of magnificent temples. Calling for the pilgrim flocks here, this city has a lot to offer to them. One can visit this pristine city with family and friends. The architectural elegance and centuries old temples here are splendidly ornamented with aesthetic sculptures. The Ajaigarh Fort and the Kalinjar Fort are the perfect places to visit for the history enthusiasts. Having a lot of temples like the Chitragupta Temple, Javari Temple, Dulhadev Temple and many more, this city is one of the most liked destinations by the religious travelers. A holistic place, Khajuraho also explains the history and culture of our country.
Places To SeeArchaeological Museum of Khajuraho
Initially known as Jardine Museum, it was renamed as the Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho in 1952 when it was taken over by the Archaeological Survey of India. Constructed by Mr. W. A. Jardine in 1910, the museum displays architectural and sculptures ruins collected from the temples of Khajuraho. The museum is an open-air structure and has five large galleries, which display sculptures belonging to the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jain faiths. The main highlights are the sculptures of Buddha in a seated position and the four-headed Vishnu, also known as Vaikuntha. Chitragupta Temple
This ancient shrine is dedicated to the Sun God or Surya Deva. Constructed in the 11th century, the temple houses the statue of Surya Deva standing on a chariot driven by seven horses. The walls showcase intricate carvings. You can also appreciate the figures of Surasundaris in stone carvings, the eleven-headed form of Lord Vishnu as well as couples in various positions of love. The temple also has a huge three-storeyed stepped tank. The exterior walls also depict stone carvings of gods. Devi Jagdamba Temple
This is another famous temple in Khajuraho. The Garba Griha temple houses the idol of goddess of the Universe, Devi Jagdamba. The walls of the temple are intricately carved to show beautiful images. It is believed that the temple was initially dedicated to Lord Vishnu and then to Goddess Parvati. Gangau Dam
The dam has been constructed at the confluence of Simiri and Kan rivers. The Panna National Park and the Gangau Sanctuary are also located nearby. In winters, the area attracts several migratory birds of various species. You can enjoy a range of activities such as boating and angling. Javari Temple
The temple is set near the Brahma Temple and belongs to the eastern group of Khajuraho temples. Though it is much smaller in size than the other temples, it has much to flaunt through its ancient Khajuraho architectural style. The walls depict exotic carvings in elaborate details. Kandariya Mahadev Temple
The temple is the largest temple in the western group of shrines in Khajuraho. The distinct feature is that it was the first temple in the area that was constructed on a general platform. The temple was constructed by the Chandela rulers in around 1025 – 1050. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a shivalinga at the center of the Garbha Griha. The height of the temple is more than100 feet and it is decorated with numerous images that depict a rich style of carving and designing. Lakshmana Temple
The temple honors Lord Vishnu and is one of the most ancient temples belonging to the western group. Built in 930 – 950 AD, it is one of the few temples that have survived the ravages of nature. It has more than 600 images of Hindu deities and beautiful images of several animals like elephants and horses on the platform. Several decorative sensual figurines decorate the walls. Lakshmi Temple
This small temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi. Built around 900 – 925 AD, this temple is part of the western group of temples. The idol inside is made of yellow sandstone. The temple is decorated with 674 figures of gods and goddesses. The intricate carving on the exterior walls shows the skill of the talented craftsmen of the era. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Viswanath Temple
The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. It belongs to the western group of temples. The temple was built in the structure of Panchayatan temple and has four additional shrines at four corners of the main shrine. The temple houses more than 600 rock-images as well as an impressive sculpture of Lord Brahma. A massive sculpture of the Nandi bull sits on a large platform.