Dating back to 950 AD and 1050 AD (during the reign of Chandela Dynasty), these ancient monuments and temples came into the light because of its erotic inscriptions. It is believed that there were about 85 temples earlier, but today 20 have survived. The temples have inscribed their names as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are called Khajuraho Group of Monuments.
The monuments celebrate the existence of dance, music and sexuality through its aesthetic representation of architecture and art. Most of these are built from sandstone of different colors which signify various sects. The temples generally have a sanctum, vestibule and hall. Artistic windows are installed inside for ventilation and light.
Some of the temples are for the followers of Hinduism and some for Jainism. These temples intended to weave harmony between these two religions. The western zone has the most eminent monuments; these are temples of Kandariya, Lakshmana, Matangeshwara, Mahadeva Chitragupta . All of these are near the Archeological Museum. While on the Eastern and Western sides, temples like Ghantai, Parshvanath, Dulhadeo, and Chaturbhuj, are up for tough competition as well.
Khajuraho Group of Temples can be reached by air, train and road; it is accessible through all major modes of transportation. And the best time to visit this place is between the months of September and March. There is ease of accommodation and shopping too. The Khajuraho Dance Festival (Held in February) is the perfect time to visit Khajuraho and experience the beauty prettified thousand times more than usual. Mahashivratri is the festival of Lord Shiva, and on this day devotees cross miles to visit Khajuraho and offer prayers.
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