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Khajuraho, better known as Jejakbhukti in the Middle Ages, then Bundelkhand from the 14th century, was the capital of the Chandela dynasty in the 10th century. Respecting tradition, they decorated their palace with temples. There were 85 of them and only 25 still bear witness to this sumptuous period. From 1500 onwards, the Chandela empire began to decline and the temples were forgotten. Most of them are made of sandstone and mark the culmination of the construction of Hindu temples in Madhya Pradesh. The origin of erotic sculptures remains a mystery, but they now attract visitors from all over the world. Moreover, you will prefer to come very early in the morning, at the opening, in order to avoid the high traffic, especially during the tourist season.

Temple of Varaha: it is actually a small sanctuary dedicated to one of Vishnu's many avatars, the boar. Built on a platform, it rests on 14 pillars and dates back to about 900 years ago, making it one of the oldest monuments in Khajuraho.

Temple of Lakshmana: the construction of this temple was undertaken by King Chandela Yashovarman, around 930. It took no less than twenty years to complete it. The temple is built on an important platform and contains all the main elements: ardhamandapa (entrance porch), mahamandapa (hall), antarapa (space between the sanctuary and the other temple rooms) and garbhagriha (sanctuary). The Sikhara (tower) is protected by many smaller Sikhara. The exterior walls are decorated with two floors of sculptures including divine representations and erotic scenes. Inside, the door of the sanctuary is decorated with several representations of Vishnu and one to four arms stands in its center.

Kandariya Temple: It is the largest of all Khajuraho temples. Built between 1025 and 1050, it marks the height of the Chandela era. It is dedicated to Shiva, and his 31-metre-high Sikhara, like the linga, symbolizes this god in a phallic way. Its symmetrical proportions, magnificent sculpted ornaments and architectural complexity make it one of the most beautiful temples on the site. The friezes on the outer base depict elephants, horses, warriors, dancers, acrobats and musicians. The temple has 872 statues about 1 meter high, each with many erotic representations, among the most detailed and acrobatic of the site! Inside, the sanctuary houses a four-armed statue of Shiva, surrounded by Brahma on his right and Vishnu on his left.

Mahadev Temple: just on the right of the Kandariya Temple. This small temple in a rather poor state of conservation is especially remarkable for its statues of sardula (mythological figure half beast, half man) caressing a lion.

Temple of Jagadambi: on the right of the platform. Originally, this temple was dedicated to Vishnu, then transformed into a place of worship for Parvati, his sister, whose representation is preserved in the inner sanctuary. Its overall structure, simpler and with less elaborate ornamentation, suggests that its construction was built after 1025.

Temple of Chitragupta: the only temple dedicated to Surya, the Sun God, in Khajuraho. Its structure is comparable to that of the temple of Jagadambi: garbhagriha, mahamandapa and lateral transepts, ardhamandapa, but no ambulatory inside. However, it is much more imposing. Its exterior walls feature some of the most beautiful erotic sculptures and an eleven-headed Vishnu in a niche on the south façade. The sanctuary houses a representation of Surya mounted on a chariot drawn by seven horses.

Temple of Parvati: closed for restoration during our visit. This small temple originally dedicated to Vishnu now contains a representation of Gauri (another name of the goddess Parvati) climbing an iguana.

Vishvanath Temple: This temple dedicated to Shiva is one of Khajuraho's most beautiful achievements. He was surrounded by four small sanctuaries, only two of which survived. Inside the temple, an inscription refers to two linga, one made of emerald and the other of stone, which are said to have been sheltered by the temple of Vishvanath. Nandi's sanctuary rests on twelve pillars and houses a huge 2.20-metre-long ox. Beef is the means of transport assigned to Shiva.

Pratapeswar Temple: This brick and mortar temple dates from the early 19th century. It does not visit each other.

Matangesvara Temple: Located outside the garden, near the entrance, it is the only remaining active temple among the group of Khajuraho temples. The faithful come to worship in front of a 2.5-metre high linga. Its much less elaborate construction suggests that it is more recent than the other temples in the western group.

Sound and Light: at nightfall, a Sound and Light show is offered, as for all the sites maintained by the Archaeological Department of India. The show lasts one hour. Chairs are installed facing a lawn overlooking most of the site's temples. Rather brief lighting illuminates the temples for very short periods of time while a soundtrack retraces the history of Khajuraho and the construction of its temples. The content seemed rather poor to us and there is no explanation for the presence of erotic statues on the temples. Given the high entrance fee, you will not have any for your rupees, especially if your understanding of English is tenuous....

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Open from sunrise to sunset. Input: 600 Rs. Audioguide available in French. Sound and light in English at 6:30 pm from October to March and at 7 pm the other months. Price: 700 Rs.

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Visited in march 2018
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Une dizaine de temples pour le prix d'un !Mais il n'y vraiment qu'un qui attire les touristes ici .Le site est reposant loin du bruit des klaxons .Le tour du village est vite fait quelques boutiques de commerçants un peu collants
Visited in february 2016
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Lakshmana Temple fait partie du groupe de temple situé dans l'ouest de la ville de Khajuraho . Cette zone est payante . Tous les temples sont merveilleusement mis en valeur par de belles pelouses fleuries . Faites la visite avec un guide pour ne manquer aucun détail concernant les sculptures .
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Un des incontournables si vous passez dans ce secteur de l'Inde (où les routes sont toujours aussi affreuses et en travaux continuellement!). Les scènes et sculptures qui ornent ces temples sont connues pour leur contenu érotique et ont été reproduites sur des cartes postales à des milliers d'exemplaires! Le lieu est intéressant et la taille des temples est impressionnante.

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