This temple town in the state of Madhya Pradesh is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for its endlessly intriguing erotic sculptures. Equally intriguing for the modern mind is the way this celebration of the carnal is tied to the austere Jain religion, though many temples are also Hindu by denomination.
Khajuraho was the first capital of the Chandelas, who ruled Bundelkhand from the 10th to the 14th centuries. The Chandelas abided by the Tantric tenets: working inward from the erotic to the purely spiritual sanctums.
The name of Khajuraho finds its origin from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which can be found in plenty in this region. Khajuraho originally consisted of 85 temples of which only 22 exist today. Khajuraho temples were constructed over a period of hundred years from the mid 9th century to the early 12th century. These temples are built in the Nagara type of architecture. Each temple is dissimilar from the others temples in its own way. The temples give us a glimpse of the golden era of Indian art and architecture.
The Khajuraho temples are very different from the normal temples in India - religion, deities and worshipping is not the essence of these temples. It is also about admiring the stunning architecture, sculpture and art of that period.
These wonderful temples lay abandoned and susceptible to the forces of nature. These magnificent temples were restored and revived in 19th century. It is India’s second most favorite tourists spot next to Taj Mahal.
Khajuraho Travel Guide