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Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho temples are located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and famous all over the world with art lovers and unsolved mystery for historians. Khajuraho temple is quite distinct when compared to any other temple in India. The most distinct feature about Khajuraho temple is its depiction of eroticism with intricate details on the walls in the form of sculptures. The town of Khajuraho is surrounded by forests on all sides and there are no authentic written records on the history of this place.
The known facts about Khajuraho confirm that these temples were built during a time when Tantric tradition of the Vedic religion was being accepted widely. The Khajuraho temples were built between 10th century and 14th century by Chandravarman, the founder of Chandela dynasty. There were a total of 85 temples; however, only 20 of them have stood the test of time through centuries.

The exquisite sculpture of this place has drawn attention from art lovers from all over the world. However, the history about the purpose for building temples with erotic overtones has been passed on only through folklore.

Another interesting fact about Khajuraho temples is the mystery surrounding its existence. There are absolutely no records of the whereabouts of the Chandela kingdom, no ruins of the mansions and places and the intention behind graphical representation of sex in a religious place. The strategically placed sculptures and the sophisticated artistic transcendence may have been an attempt to appease malevolent spirits in line with the Tantric tradition.

According to the folklore, Moon God was smitten by Hemavati, the beautiful daughter of Hemraj, the royal priest of Kashi. In a moment of lust and passion, Moon God ravished Hemavati and as a result of this she bore a valiant son Chadravarman, who went on to become a king. Later, Chandravarman had a dream where in his mother requested him to build public structures revealing all aspects of passion, sex and physical fantasies.
The famous analogy about Khajuraho is that it is the graphical representation of Kama Sutra, ancient Indian text widely considered the guide on human sexual behavior. Another interesting fact is that these depictions in Khajuraho temple are seen only on the exterior walls and not anywhere inside the temple or near the deities.

These temples were not known to the outer world until during the British era in 19th century, which is when Khajuraho shot to international fame. Until India's independence, this place remained a scrub but was later developed by the Indian government as a tourism destination. The hour long Sound and Light show in English and Hindi covers the history, philosophy and art about Khajuraho temple.

Khajuraho is well-connected by daily flights to and from Varanasi, Agra and Kathmandu; Mahoba, Jhansi and Satna are the nearest railheads. Khajuraho is well-connected by bus service from Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Indore, Jhansi and Agra. The best time to visit Khajuraho is during October to January as the temperatures could be as high as 470C in summers.

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