Chapter 1: Road Memories
Chapter 2: Temple visit
The Khajuraho temples, scattered over an area of about 9 square miles rediscovered almost 9 centuries later, they give poignant representation of life in the 11th century few temples are dedicated to Hindu deities Lord Shiva ,Brahma, Vishnu and to Jain deities also, there is an entrance of Rs 30 for Indian Tourist and Rs 500 for Foreign, at the entrance a basic security check is done and then they allow tourists to visit the temple.
The Lakshmana temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is built by Chandella ruler, built using Sandstone, with varying shades of buff, pink and pale yellow each temple contains an entrance, a hall, a vestibule and a sanctum. The images of God and Goddesses sculpted on temple walls represents the many manifestations of divine Shakti and Shiva, these temples are mainly associated with their erotic art and for that reason these temples are known as the Kama-Sutra Temples, most of the erotic sculptures are inside and outside walls of temple but not near the deities, it is seen that well-contoured bodies of nymphs grab attention as they can be seen engaging in activities like putting on make-up, washing their hair, playing games etc. Inside of the hall, you will see sculptures of the notorious monkey as it is believed that monkeys used to stretch clothes of women , and Devanagari languages carved into the sandstone makes it more mythological ancient beauty.
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple
This Vishwanath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is amongst the finist monuments of Khajuraho, begun possibly as early as 850 AD, and built over a period of 300 years, the form of this temple is quite similar to other temples in the premises. Generally, the temple includes a solid slab based, walls pierced by window and balcony openings with God and Goddesses sculptures carved into the sandstone. 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.
Best Time to Visit Khajuraho
The ideal time to visit Khajuraho is between the months of July and August, however, during this time in India start of monsoon, the monsoon season in Khajuraho has its own charm when the lush-green area surrounding this small town turns into a real paradise. The humidity is on a high but the evenings are generally pleasant.