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Western Group Temples

Kandariya Mahadev Temple

A stupendous example of Nagara style of temple architecture, this magnificent Shaivite temple Kandariya Mahadev soars up to a height of 31m and has an agglomeration of porches and turrets culminating in a spire. A lingam is enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum. The main shrine has beautiful carvings of celestial maidens, deities and lovers.

Chaunsath Yogini Temple

The oldest temple in this group, it is dedicated to Goddess Kali and her 64 attendants. This happens to be the only Khajuraho temple that is made of granite.

Lakshmana Temple

Named after the ruler who built it, the Lakshmana temple is one of the finest in Khajuraho. This pretty Vaishnavite temple has a horizontal beam at the entrance depicting the holy Indian Trinity of Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi.

Devi Jagdamba Temple

Relatively small and delicately proportioned, you can see the most erotic and provocative sculptures here.

Chitragupta Temple

Facing the rising sun, this is the temple of Surya, the sun god. A five feet image of the god in a horse drawn chariot adorns the sanctum sanctorum. Look out for its impressive entrances; lions flank the northern and elephants the southern steps leading to the temple.

The other noteworthy temples in this group are the Matangeswar temple with its 8 feet high lingam, Varaha temple and Vishwanath temple.

Lakshmana Temple

Named after the ruler who built it, the Lakshmana temple is one of the finest in Khajuraho. This pretty Vaishnavite temple has a horizontal beam at the entrance depicting the holy Indian Trinity of Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi.

Lakshmana Temple

Named after the ruler who built it, the Lakshmana temple is one of the finest in Khajuraho. This pretty Vaishnavite temple has a horizontal beam at the entrance depicting the holy Indian Trinity of Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi.
Khajuraho

The temples in Khajuraho are not about religious fervor or a burst of spiritualism. These temples are all about the gay celebration of life. Elegantly proportioned, they depict royalty, armies, wrestling, kinship, war, courtship, marriage, lovemaking, music and dancing, spiritual teachings, union, meditation, bliss, gods, goddesses, plants, animals and an abundance of all human forms. Most importantly, and for which Khajuraho is known for, the temples depict deities and celestial maidens in sensuous and provocative postures, voluptuous dancers and musicians engaged in courtly love; the sculptures show warm and sexual depictions as well as explicit sexual activity.