Khajuraho is one of the most renowned destinations where you can see the human emotions in its purest form in its temples. This temple town is located at Chattarpur district in Madhya Pradesh. My two friends, Geetika and Ajay accompanied me on Khajuraho Temples Tour. After a couple of hours taxi drive from Jhansi, we were in the temple city of Khajuraho.
We took rest for sometime at a hotel in Khajuraho and after having refreshment, we left for visiting temples.
Highlights of Khajuraho Temples
The famous Khajuraho temples were built between the 9th and 11th centuries by the kings of the Chandela. These exquisitely carved temples are also the venue for an annual mela which is organized on the occasion of Shivratri, a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temples of Khajuraho are segregated as per their geographical locations like the Eastern group, the Western group and the Southern group. These temples are known for their breathtaking architectural beauty. Some important temples of Western group are Lakshmana Temple, the Varaha Temple and the Matangesvara Temple.
Most of the temples are based on the theme of eroticism. Various theories have been put forward to explain the subject of Sex and sexual relationships. Many erotic groups have been depicted in the form of stone carvings. The architectural beauty of the images portrayed at Khajuraho temples grabs the attention of every visitor, who comes to these temples.
Next morning, we visited Western group of temples. All we could enjoy there was the calmness of nature and tranquil ambiance. We were struck by the expertise of artisans who built these temples and explored the following temples:
This particular Jain forehead is beautifully constructed in the form of ‘Sapta-ratha’ and is adorned with exquisite carvings. It is solitary towered ‘shikhara’ provides an elegant turn to the shrine.
This temple is renowned because of its sensual and perfectly created numbers. The Garbha griha encompasses a great picture related with Jagdamba, the Devi associated with World.
Parsvanath temple includes beautiful statues, structures and many stunning idols. These idols illustrate different Devis actively playing musical instruments like gandharva, manjeera, mridanga and shankha.
It is a good east-facing temple with 2 open up pavilions, called as mandaps. The actual forehead is exquisitely created using the images of six hundred gods and goddess from the Hindu mythology.
The actual temple is focused on sixty four yoginis, considered as the actual demos from the Mom Goddess. It’s constructed on the big elevated podium and is encircled along with small temples.
We all were amazed to see the erotic sculptures depicting the various scenes of the most taboo subject, ‘Sex’ in the country. The intricate rock carvings impressed us a lot.
Later on, Geetika was willing to go for nearby excursions. So Ajay accompanied her. He also insisted me to go there and we came across the following places:
Panna National Park
After a 30-minute drive, we reached this beautiful park. The wildlife of this park is worth-paying a visit. Besides dense flora and fauna, we also enjoyed to see many animals like leopards, gharials, wolves, wild boars, cheetals, sloth bears, chowsinghas and porcupines.
The Pandava Waterfall
This enchanting waterfall is situated on the Ken River. It is believed to be the place where the Pandavas spent a good part of their exile period. After capturing the best glimpses of this beautiful waterfall, we left for next place.
Dhubela Museum is located in a place on the Jhansi-Khajuraho road. It encompasses a wide collection of Shakti cult sculptures, garments, weapons and paintings.
How to Reach Khajuraho
Khajuraho has a good connectivity by road, rail and air. It is connected by air to Delhi, Varanasi and Agra by a daily flight. It is around 600 kilometers away from Delhi. Jhansi is the nearest airport. It can be accessed by driving from Jhansi, which is 172 kilometers and Satna, which is 117 kilometers. The nearest railheads are Harpalpur at 94 kilometers and Mahoba at 63 kilometers. Train is the major mode of transport, connecting Khajuraho to the remote corners of India.
At last, I thanked Ajay for taking me to the excursions from Khajuraho and I could visit some not-to-be-missed places as well.