Grand Temple View Khajuraho

Besides the temples exemplary for their architecture and bold artistic statement, Khajuraho is just a small modest village with more than 3000 inhabitants surrounded by forestland. As Khajuraho get a fair number of tourists from around the world each year, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops sprung up in large numbers at the entrances to the two different groups of temples here. Airplanes are not objects of curiosity for residents longer and emblem of a warrior fighting a lion single-handedly and with his bare hands is often seen at the temples is said to be the portrayal of the brave warrior-king who was the leader of the clan of Chandela Rajput who built temples . Chandelas believed to be descendants of the Moon God himself. The construction of temples is said to have begun in the mid-9th century and continued until the beginning of the 12th century and due to lack of records of construction activity, the names of the thousands of sculptors, architects and masons, who must have contributed in their construction have been lost forever in oblivion.

Khajuraho, once a village of eighty five temples now exists with a few in Chatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh. The temples were built by Chandela Kings between 950 AD and 1050AD. The earliest temples were built in coarse granite and the later ones in sandstone from Panna. The temples are of different religions, Jain, Shaiva and Vaishnava. Medieval Indian architecture was followed in the construction of Khajuraho Temples. The entrances of all the temples are facing east. Both the interior and exterior are examples of excellent carving. The sculptures are of Gods and Goddesses, apsaras, salabhanjikas and surasundaris. Today Khajuraho is a tourist centre and an archeological site.

Chandela dynasty had already lost its luster, when the last temple was completed. Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandelas for a short period but for the most part, it was their religious center. However, there have been many theories about the sculptures adorning the facades and interiors of the Khajuraho temples. Some of them believe that these temples to be centers of tantrik mysticism, which regards sex as an important part of human development and the implementation of the Absolute. Others believe that they were made as such to lure men and women back to the family and worldly life, which plays an important role in Hinduism, from the austerities preached by the Buddha, there were few benefits to people at this time. Since the thick forests surrounded these temples, thus shielding them from the Muslim armies. TS Burt, the British engineer who rediscovered the temples in the middle of the 19th century sculptures found offensive. However, local villagers and tribals regularly used the temple ever since they were built, especially Matangeshwar Mahadev temple for worship. It was General Alexander Cunningham, who has worked hard to gather information about them for the first time in his Survey of India reports. It was his efforts that stirred interest in people about the place. Later, the roads were built, was delivered to facilities and luxury hotels were planned here, and thus began the resurrection of Khajuraho

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