The Heart of Incredible India – the sobriquet could not be more fitting for Madhya Pradesh. The second-largest state in India, Madhya Pradesh abounds in heritage sites that depict the rich and audacious history of the country. Some of the most renowned sites in the state are Gwalior, Omkareshwar, Khajuraho, Pench National Park, Mandu, Bhimbhetka Caves, Sanchi Stupa, Indore and Jabalpur. Amongst all, Khajuraho is one place that stands out from every other tourist destination across the country. Located in the Bundelkhand region of Chhatarpur District, this small town boasts of the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples that are famous for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. Wondering what it would be like to explore the reminiscent beauty of the place? Just pack your bags and set on a journey to this wonderland. You will find a lot of hotels in Khajuraho for your accommodation needs.
The Group of Monuments
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the group of temples at this ancient city is a manifestation of the Indo-Aryan architecture. These exquisite temples were built a thousand years ago (950-1050 AD), when the Chandela dynasty ruled over Central India. After their decline in the 13th century, the temples remained enveloped in the dense cover of date palm trees until a British army engineer rediscovered them in 1838. Notably, only 22 temples of the original 85 survived the ravage of time. The remaining structures have been divided into the Western, Eastern and Southern geographical groups. The Western Group, housing the magnificent Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, is certainly the most revered and the best known complex of the three.
The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest of the medieval age temples within the complex. Built in 1050 AD by Vidyadhara, one of the greatest Chandela kings, this shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main spire of this temple rises to a height of 31 m as a depiction of the abode of Shiva, Mt. Kailash. There are six interior compartments within the main shrine; the sanctum that holds a marble Shivlinga, main hall, portico, transept, vestibule and ambulatory. A total of 84 miniature spires surround the main structure. The outer walls of the transept showcase revered Hindu gods and groups of lovers engaged in lovemaking. Apparently, the forbidden erotic art of Kama Sutra, displayed throughout the temple complex, is one-of-its-kind in the world.
Where to Stay
Tourists visiting this archaeological site in Madhya Pradesh have plenty of accommodation choices, ranging from splurge to budget stays. Those who like to live in luxury can opt for the 4 star hotels in Khajuraho, or even better the 5 star hotels in Khajuraho that guarantee offer top-class services to their guests.