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Khajuraho

Khajuraho Tour PackagesKhajuraho is the most unique and amazing temple architecture in India. It was a cluster of almost 85 temples, of which 22 survived the ravages of time. Built under the patronage of Chandela Rajput kings, the artistic creativity given unhindered flight and achieved its inspired eclectic heights.

The belief existed that once the earthly passions and desires are fulfilled the attainment is not far. It may well signify the existence of highly matured civilization. There exist many anecdotes behind the erotica of Khajuraho that the creators descended from moon; unwed mother inspired the creations, etc.

Khajuraho actually represents the intricate nuances of human nature not yet fully understood by man.

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The architectural style of the Khajuraho temples is very different from the temple prototype of that period. Each stands, instead of within the customary enclosure, on a high masonry platform. Combined with the upward direction of the structure, which is further accentuated by vertical projections, the total effect is one of grace and lightness, reminiscent of the Himalayan peaks. Each of the chief compartments has its own roof, grouped in such a way that the highest is in the centre, the lowest over the portico, a triumph of skill and imagination in recreating the rising peaks of a range. The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three geographical groups: Western, Eastern and Southern.

Khajuraho Tourism GuideThe Western group is certainly the best known, because it is to this group that the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple belongs: The Kandariya Mahadev. Perfectly symmetrical, it soars 31 km high. Though the four temples that stand at the corners of the main shrine are now in ruins, the main shrine has an exquisitely carved entrance arch with a multitude of themes. Celestial beings, lovers serenading musicians... movements captured in stone, frozen in time, yet retaining a quality of warm, pulsating life.

The very stone seems to have taken on the living, breathing quality of the carved figures. Beyond the archway of the Kandariya Mahadev, lie the six interior compartments; the portico, main hall, transept, vestibule, sanctum and ambulatory. The ceilings are particularly noteworthy and the pillars supporting them have intricately carved capitals. The transept's outer walls have three horizontal panels showing deities of the Hindu pantheon, and groups of lovers, a pageant of sensuousness, vibrantly alive.

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