If you have been to Khajuraho for once, it remains with you forever.
Khajuraho is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region (Chhatarpur District) of Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. Khajuraho has the Vindhya range of mountains as its beautiful backdrop. This makes Khajuraho a more fascinating destination to visit.
History and Culture
Chandela rulers built the temples of Khajuraho, one at a time spread over a period of hundred years. The first recorded mention of the temples can be founded in the writings of Abu Rihan-ul Biruni towards the end of the 11th century.
Khajuraho's art is a manifestation of the essence of the philosophy of Indian aesthetics. The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho depicting Kama Sutra are unique in the world. These sculptures representing the Indo-Aryan architecture congeal in stone a lyrical paean to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty's passion and immense appreciation for the forbidden art. The historical city is a symbol of medieval art. Out of the 85 temples, 22 still exist in all their grandeur. After the Taj Mahal, it is the most frequently visited places in India.
Khajuraho derives its name from Hindu word “Khajur,” which means ‘date’. The town was filled with date palm during ancient times.
It was in the 20th century that Khajuraho temples were discovered and preserved.
Most of the temples are built in sandstone.
The cluster of Khajuraho temples are divided into Western, Eastern, and Southern groups.
The best time to explore the beautiful Khajuraho temples are from September to March.
- September - March