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Khajuraho Temples
These 85 granite and sandstone temples of Khajuraho are renowned for their fine blend of sculpture and architecture. They consist of bands of horizontal sculptures which balance and blend with the vertical line of the temples superstructure. Besides the Chausath-yogini, the Brahma and the Mahadeva temples which are of granite, all the other temples are made of fine grained sandstone and are buff pink or pale yellow in colour. They have been constructed on a high and soliocable charm andd platform, which provides an open ambulatory. The temple of Vishnu built by Yasovarman (AD954), now famous as the Lakshman temple proclaims the prestige of the Chandellas. The Visvanatha, Parsvanatha and Vaidyanatha temples belong to the time of king Dhanga, the successor of Yasovarman. The Jagadambi, and the Chitragupta Temples, are noteworthy among the western group of royal temples of Khajuraho. The immortal Kandariya Mahadeva temple is the largest and the grandest temple of Khajuraho, attributed to King Ganda (AD 1017-29). These temples are known for their lofty terraces (jagati) and functionally effective plans. The sculptural embellishments include parivara, parsva, avarana devatas, dikpalas, the apsaras and sura-sundaris in their delicate, youthful female forms of ravishing beauty exuding an irreverent  grace.

Summer days are extremely warm in Khajuraho with day temperatures reaching highs of 44 C. winter days are warm and sunny but nights are extremely chilly. The rocky terrain soaks up the heat of the unrelenting summer sun all day, only to release it at night, making summer months unbearably hot without air conditioners and desert coolers. The rains arrive here by the middle of July when the heat eases up a bit but the humidity increases.

How to Reach: 

Air: Direct Air links to Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.

Rail: Nearest railheads are Harpalpur, Mahoba, and Jhansi.

Road: Road links to Satna, Harpalpur Jhansi (175 km) and Gwalior (280 km).

Tourist Attractions:

Western group of temples: Sculptures on these temples are the biggest of all tourist attractions in Khajuraho. The temples of this group cluster near the left of the entrance. The Kandariya Mahadeo temples are the largest and architecturally most perfect. Here lie the ruins of Chausath Yogini Temple,which is believed to the oldest in Khajuraho. Matangeshwar Temple features a huge Yoni pierced by a 2.5mtrs Lingam. This is the only temple, which is still worshipped.

Eastern group of temples: These temples stand on the bank of the river Khajur. Javari Temple, Vamana Temple, Brahma and Hanuman Temple are the notable ones.

Jain group of temples: The Jain groups of temples are also referred as Southern group of temples as they lie on the southeast side of the old village. Parsvanath Temple is the most reputed of all of them.

Panna National Park: Only 25kms away from Khajuraho, the national park sprawls over an area of 543 sq. km. along the eastern bank of the Ken River. 

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