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world renowned temple town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh designated by UNESCO
as a world heritage site for its archaeological and historical monuments. The
Khajuraho temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050AD
in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived
till today to constitute one of the world's great artistic wonders.
of visitors and tourists from all over the world flock together to envisage this
immortal saga of Hindu art and culture engraved in stone by shilpies (stone craftsmen).
The temples of Khajuraho are India's unique gift to the world, representing, as
they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy; perfect in execution and sublime in
expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been capured in stone, testifying
not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of
vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were conceived and
One summer night Hemvati, the beautiful daughter of Hemraj,
the royal priest of Kashi ( Varanasi) was bathing in the sparkling waters of a
lotus-filled pond, the Moon god was so awestruck by her beauty that he descended
to earth in human form and ravished her. The distressed Hemvati, who was unfortunately
a child widow, threatened to curse the god for ruining her life and reputation.
To make amends for his folly the Moon god promised that she would become the mother
of a valiant son. Following his instructions, Hemvati left her home to give birth
to her son in a tiny village. The child, Chandravarman, was as lustrous as his
father, brave and strong. By the time he was 16 years old he could kill tigers
or lions with his bare hands. Delighted by his feats, Hemvati invoked the Moon
god, who presented their son with a touchstone which could turn iron into gold,
and installed him as king at Khajuraho
The Creators of Khajuraho
"Chandravarman",was founder of the Chandela dynasty. Chandravarman born
and grown up in the forests by his mother who sought refuge from a sensorious
society, Chandravarman, when established as a ruler, had a dream-visitation from
his mother. It is said that she implored him to build temples that would reveal
human passions, and in doing so, bring about a realization of the emptiness of
human desire. It is also possible that the Chandelas were followers of the Tantric
cult, which believes that gratification of earthly desires is a step towards attaining
the infinite liberation of nirvana.
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to See in Khajuraho
Group of Temples
Western Group of Temples
Southern Group of Temples
Raneh Falls on the ken river are famous for their rock formations. The main attraction
is a 5kms long, and 100 ft deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying
sahdes of colors ranging pink and red to grey. A series of seasonal waterfalls
surrounded by jungles make it an ideal picnic spot.
Panna National Park is very famous for wildlife and
Tigers and it is just 32 kms away from Khajuraho.Complementing the man made perfection
of the Khajuraho temples.
Ranguan lake is an ideal picnic spot for angling and boating and it is just 25
kms from Khajuraho..
Ken Nature Trail
Ken Nature Trail is a jungle track within a walking distance from Raneh falls.
This Trail is known for its natural beauty of the surroundings.
Banisagar lake is very close to Khajuraho. It is a picnic spot
and a dam on Khudar river with a waterspread of 7.7 sq. km. Suitable for Boating
Ken Gharial Sanctury, is at the confluence of the
Ken and Khudar rivers further down Raneh Falls and Nature Trail. This is a natural
of the long snouted variety of crocodiles.
Air : From
Delhi, Varanasi and Kathmandu.
The nearest railheads are Mahoba and Harpalpur. Jhansi and Satna is a convenient
railhead for those travelling from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, Varanasi and Agra
Road : Khajuraho is connected by regular
and direct bus services with Chhatarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, panna, Jhansi,
Gwalior , Agra, Sagar, Jabalpur, Indore , Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad .
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