Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for its ancient temples that depict some of the finest art in the world.
Built between 950-1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty, these temples depict various forms like meditation, spiritual teachings, kinship, wrestling, royalty and most significantly, erotic art. The temples consist of stunning displays of fine sculptures and exceptional architectural skill, making them one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.
Based on their geographical location, the temples are categorised into three groups: Eastern, Western and Southern. Beautiful, intricate and expressive, the sculptures of the Khajuraho temples will leave you in awe and wonder.
Light and Sound Show Khajuraho
Khajuraho sound & light show is a popular evening event organized by management team for tourists. This is the best evening activity for tourists to understand the history, facts and myths of Khajuraho temples. It is organized in Khajuraho Western Group of Temples. It is a paid event which means, if you would like to attend this popular evening event, you need to pay fee for it. Here we will get the chance to visit popular Western Group of temples in artificial light, after sunset. Viewing these temples in artificial light given different experience. Apart from viewing them, park management team has also made arrangement of sound arrangement in which we will hear the speech (audio guide) of experts in which they explain valuable information pertaining to Khajuraho temples, their history, making of these temples, art, sculpture, architecture and also associated myths. This information in valuable and enhances our knowledge about these temples. We recommend tourists to attend this event.
Khajuraho sound & light show goes on daily basis. It is organized after sunset in evening hours. As we all know that Khajuraho is a international tourist destination so here we can find both domestic tourists and international tourists. Keeping this fact in mind, here show is organized in two shifts i.e. English Language Shift and Hindi Language Shift
|KHAJURAHO SOUND & LIGHT SHOW TIMING|
|Time Period||English Language Show||Hindi Language Show|
|October to February||18:30 Hrs. to 19:25 Hrs.||19:40 Hrs. to 20:35 Hrs.|
|March to September||19:30 Hrs. to 20:25 Hrs.||20:40 Hrs. to 21:35 Hrs.|
Dulodeo‘ means “Holy Bridegroom. The Duladeo Temple is located on the bank of the Khodar River in Khajurao. The temple is also known as “Kunwar Math”.
The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in the form of a linga. The linga at the shrine has 11 rows of 100 lingas which is unique.
It is said that all married couples in the near vicinity come to this temple to receive the blessings of lord Shiva after their marrige.
The apsara , gandharvas and ornamented figures on the extenal walls are the most striking features of this temple.
A beautiful piece of Khajurao temples architecture.
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest, tallest and most beautiful Hindu Temple of the Khajuraho Group of Temples. This medieval marvel dates back to 1050 BC and was built by Raja Dhandadeva, a strong Chandela ruler. The temple is embellished with ornate carvings and sculptures. Its main spire (Shikhara) depicts Mount Kailash and stands with a height of 31 meters. Surrounding this spire are other 84 miniature spires (Urushringas). This temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, and has a Shiva Linga made of marbel, as its sanctum. About 646 statues are installed in its boundary that looks even more appealing. The façade of this temple is east facing.
The entrance has staircase and porch that is adorned with garlands chiseled out of a single stone. It is estimated that Kandariya Mahdeva has about 870 sculptures, with one meter height each. On the inside is the deity of Lord Shiva, holding a trident and snake, with the deities of Vishnu and Brahma. The whole plan of this temple is somewhat similar to Lakshman and Vishwanath Temple; with all rooms arrayed from east to west and balconies on the south and north.
Temple Entry Fees and Charges
- Foreigners are charged 250 rupees to enter the western group of temples. The other temples are free.
- Entry Fees for Children: Below 15 year’s free entry
Fees of Sound and Light Show
- Entry fee : 120 rupees for Indians and 400 rupees for foreigners
Timings of Sound & Light Show at Western group of temples
- English: 06:30 pm to 07:25 pm
- Hindi: 07:40 pm to 08:35 pm
Among all other Jain Temples in Khajuraho, the Parsvanath Temple is the most impressive. Categorized among the Eastern Group of Temples, the architectural pattern of the Parsvanath Temple, Khajuraho bears ample resemblance with the Hindu Temples of Khajuraho. The minute sculptural detailing on the body of the Khajuraho Parsvanath Temple makes it one of the chief Tourist Attractions in Khajuraho.
History of Parsvanath Temple, Khajuraho:
The Parsvanath Temple in Khajuraho, India was constructed in the middle of the 10th century during the reign of Dhangadeva. The temple was previously devoted to Adinath, who was the first Tirthankara (religious saint) of the Jains. However, in the year, 1860, the image of Parsvanath, as can be seen today, was put in.
While King Yasovarman constructed the Lakshmana temple, Pahila who was honored by King Dhanga, the son and successor of Yasovarman, took the task of constructing the Parsvanath Temple, Khajuraho.
Description of Parsvanath Temple, Khajuraho:
The walls of the Parsvanath Temple in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh depicts the images of elephants, lions and sea nymphs. Despite being a Jain Temple, the walls also bears the images of Hindu (especially Vaishnav) deities.
There are a couple of axial projections at the two ends of the Parsvanath Temple, Khajuraho namely the ardh mandap(hall) to the east and a small shrine behind the ‘garba griha’ to the west. The sculptural, architectural and inscriptional evidence on the Parsvanath Temple, Khajuraho indicate that Adinath had been a close successor of the Lakshman.
Viswanath Temple is one of the architectural marvels of the Khajuraho Temple Complex – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Chandela king Dhanga in AD 999, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple comprises an entrance porch, sanctum, mandapa, maha-mandapa and vestibule. The sanctum is enclosed by an ambulatory flanked with transepts. There are three meticulously sculptured bands of equal sizes carved on the temple wall, which add to the overall appeal of this shrine.
The images on the basement showcase the carvings of Virabhadra (a mythical being created by the wrath of God Shiva), Lord Ganesha and seven Mothers (a group of Hindu Goddesses). It is also famed for featuring the most proportionate sculptures of sura-sundaris and couples in erotic poses.
Javari Temple, Khajuraho is one of the prime Tourist Attractions in Khajuraho. The Javari Temple belongs to the Eastern Group of Temples in the city and attracts tourists from every nook and corner of the world for its exquisite architecture and intricate design. Known among the best of the Hindu Temples in Khajuraho, the Javari Temple, Khajuraho is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The construction of the Javari Temple in Khajuraho, India dates back several centuries if not an entire millennium.
The elaborate gateway of the Javari Temple in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh is one of its characteristic features. The various sculptures on the walls of the temples depict men and women in various postures. The finesse with which the images have been created imparts life into them. The interior of the Javari Temple, Khajuraho is also covered with exquisite sculptures.
All these works of art which are exhibited all over the body of the Javari Temple, Khajuraho would leave you dumbfounded by its architectural brilliance and intricate handiwork of the sculptors and artisans of that age who were responsible for giving such a wonderful heritage to India.
Khajuraho is well connected by road, rail, and air transport. Direct Bus Services are available from the cities and towns of Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi, Allahabad, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna and Panna.