PERHAPS NO OTHER TEMPLE IN INDIA IS AS WIDELY MYSTICAL AS KHAJURAHO TEMPLES IN MADHYA PRADESH. THESE TEMPLES DEPICT SOME OF THE GREATEST ARTWORK OF INDIA’S GOLDEN ERA. KHAJURAHO TEMPLES ARE CATEGORISED INTO THREE GROUPS BASED ON THEIR PHYSICAL LOCATION: EASTERN, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN. THESE TEMPLES ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS TO US. WE AS TODAY THE INDIAN SOCIETY WHO DON’T EVEN TALK ABOUT SEX EDUCATION OPENLY, HOW OUR ANCESTORS CREATED TEMPLES ABOUT THAT.

PEOPLE WHO COME HERE TO VISIT ARE EITHER HERE TO MAKE FUN OF THESE SCULPTURES OR FEEL CRINGEY TO SEE THIS.
THESE SCULPTURES OF KHAJURAHO BUT ARE SOME OF THE FINEST ART MADE BY OUR ANCESTORS. THESE SCULPTURES NOT ONLY ARE FASCINATING AND UNIQUE BUT ALSO RAISE MANY QUESTIONS. QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR HISTORY, OR WHO MADE THEM, WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE AND LOT MORE. LET’S BREAK THEM DOWN STEP BY STEP.

WHO BUILT KHAJURAHO TEMPLES

KHAJURAHO TEMPLE WAS BUILT BY THE CHANDELA DYNASTY AROUND 950 AD TO 1050 AD. THIS WAS KNOWN AS THE GOLDEN PERIOD OF CHANDELA DYNASTY. THESE TEMPLES WERE NOT BUILT BY ANY PARTICULAR PERSON BUT IT WAS MORE LIKE A TRADITION IN CHANDELA DYNASTY TO BUILD THESE TEMPLES.

STORY BEHIND KHAJURAHO TEMPLES

WELL THERE ARE LOT AND LOT OF STORIES ABOUT KHAJURAHO AND WHY THESE SCULPTURES WERE MADE BUT I WILL TELL YOU THE MOST FASCINATING ONES TOLD BY MY GUIDES.

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THE STORY STARTS WHEN A BEAUTIFUL WOMEN NAMED HEMAVATHY WAS BATHING IN NIGHT. SHE WAS BATHING UNDER MOONLIGHT AND WAS SEDUCED BY MOON HIMSELF. THEN SHE HAD A CHILD KNOWN AS CHANDRAVARMAN BUT MOON DID NOT HELP HER RAISE HIM. INSTEAD, HE PROMISED HER THAT ONE DAY HE WILL BE THE KING. A FEW YEARS LATER CHANDRAVARMAN ESTABLISHED THE CAHNDELA DYNASTY AND IT IS BELIEVED HE GOT INFLUENCED BY HIS MOTHER’S STORY AND BUILT THESE BEAUTIFUL TEMPLES DEPICTING HUMAN LOVE.

ANOTHER FASCINATING STORY SAYS THAT THESE CARVINGS WERE SEX EDUCATION OF THAT TIME. THEY SERVED AS A TEACHING PURPOSE TO TELL STUDENTS AND PEOPLE THE ART OF LOVE.

ONE MOST DOMINANT ONE IS IT SHOWS PHILOSOPHY OF HINDUISM THAT IS DHARMA, ARTHA, KAMA, MOKSHA. THESE SCULPTURES ARE ONLY OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE NOT INSIDE PROVING THE POINT LEAVE YOUR DESIRES BEFORE ENTERING THE TEMPLE.

KHAJURAHO TEMPLES

TYPES OF SCULPTURES IN KHAJURAHO TEMPLES

THE ASI BOOK BROADLY GROUPS SCULPTURES INTO FIVE CATEGORIES.

THE FIRST ONE IS “SHILPASHSTRA” WHICH MEANS SCIENCE OF ART. THE FIRST CATEGORY SHOWS THE MASTERY IMAGES. THESE CAN BEE SEEN IN JAIN MUSEUM.

THE SECOND CATEGORY DEPICTS ATTENDANTS, GUARDIANS, SHIVA GANAS, ASHTA DIKPALAS, AND OTHERS.

THE THIRD ONE SHOWS THE SAPNA SUNDARIS KNOWN AS APSARAS. THESE WOMEN DO ALL DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES AND SCULPTURE HAS ESPECIALLY CONCENTRATED ON THESE ONLY. THESE ARE THE MOST DETAILED AND INTRIGUE ONES.

THE FOURTH ONE IS MOST COMMON ONE. THEY SHOW DAY TO DAY LIFE SCENES. IT SHOWS DANCERS, MUSICIANS, WARRIORS MEANS EVERY SORT OF DAILY COMMONER.

AND THE FINAL ONE ARE THE EROTIC ONES. THESE DEPICT MITHUNAS MATING HAVING UNNATURAL OR GROUP SEX.

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SOME COMMON FAQ’S

WHICH GOD IS WORSHIPPED IN KHAJURAHO TEMPLES

LORD SHIVA IS THE MAIN DEITY IN MATANGESHVARA TEMPLE. THOUGH THERE WERE MORE THAN 85 TEMPLES IN KHAJURAHO ONLY 20 REMAIN LEFT. AND FROM THEM ONLY MARANGESHVARA TEMPLE IS STILL ACTIVE.
ALSO IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT LORD SHIVA TEMPLE AND TREKS SEE OUR BLOG ON MANIMAHESH TREK HERE.

WHO FOUND KHAJURAHO TEMPLES

BRITISH ENGINEER T.S. BURT DISCOVERED THESE TEMPLES OF KHAJURAHO. KHAJURAHO WERE LEFT BY PEOPLE WHEN INVADERS ATTACKED THIS PLACE SO AS TO SAVE THEM AND TEMPLE AS WELL. FROM 13TH TO 18TH CENTURY THESE TEMPLES REMAINED UNNOTICED.

HOW TO REACH KHAJURAHO TEMPLES

BY ROAD

KHAJURAHO IS VERY WELL CONNECTED TO POPULAR CITIES OF MADHYA PRADESH. CITIES LIKE JHANSI, ORCHHA, BANDHAVGARH AND CHATTARPUR ARE WELL CONNECTED TO KHAJURAHO. YOU CAN HIRE TAXI FROM THESE CITIES TO REACH KHAJURAHO.

BY TRAIN

KHAJURAHO RAILWAY STATION IS 5 KM FROM MAIN KHAJURAHO TOWN. THIS RAILWAY STATION IS CONNECTED TO DELHI AND VARANASI AND MUMBAI AS WELL. WE RECOMMEND YOU TO TAKE TRAIN AS THIS IS THE CHEAPEST AND DIRECT WAY TO REACH KHAJURAHO

BY AIR

KHAJURAHO CIVIL AERODROME IS AROUND 2 KM FROM KHAJURAHO TOWN. THIS CIVIL AERDROME IS VERY WELL CONNECTED WITH CITIES LIKE MUMBAI, HYDERABAD, VARANASI AND INDORE. FROM HERE YOU CAN TAKE TAXI’S TO REACH THE TOWN.

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