|--> Location :
||385 Miles Southeast Of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh
|--> Name Derived :
||'Khajur', The Date Palm.
|--> Built By :
|--> Built During :
||950 AD - 1050 AD.
|--> From Agra :
Khajuraho, derived from the word 'khajur' meaning the date palm, was a
quiet, unknown town till a chance discovery made it a popular tourist
destination. Forgotten and unvisited until the mid-1960s, the place is now,
after the Taj, India's biggest single tourist attraction. Khajuraho has the
largest group of medieval temples; each studded with countless sculptures of
extraordinary grace and delicacy. The temples of Khajuraho, are indeed,
celebrations of the stylized and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty,
love and creative arts.
lies about 385 miles (616 kilometers) southeast of Delhi. It was once the
religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a tribal dynasty who ruled this
part of India from the tenth to the twelfth centuries. The Khajuraho temples
were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050 AD in a truly
inspired burst of creativity. The whole area was enclosed by a wall with
eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally
over 80 temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of
preservation, scattered over an area of about eight square miles.
The set of temples at Khajuraho celebrating Hindu religious thought in its
bewildering variety of scope and inclusion stands distinguished from rest of
the Hindu temples. The temples highlight the existential ethos in religion
that venerates 'Yoga' and 'Bhoga'. 'Yoga' is union of the self with the
Almighty, while 'Bhoga' is the path to God through physical pleasure. The
temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure are a
testimony to this philosophy.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1986 in order to preserve its splendour
for posterity, Khajuraho is a prominent, must-see destination on most
tourist itineraries. The temples of Khajuraho are India's unique gift to the
world, representing, an ode to life, to love, to joy; perfect in execution
and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured
in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the
extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the
temples were conceived and constructed.
The Legend of Khajuraho
The creators of Khajuraho claimed descent from the moon as is testified by
the fascinating legend behind the creation of this great dynasty and the
temples. Hemwati, the lovely young widowed daughter of a Brahmin priest, was
seduced by the moon-god while she was bathing in a forest pool. As the
moon-god prepared to leave, Hemvati threatened to curse him for having
molested her chastity, at which the moon-god blessed her with an invincible
son, who would grow up to become a reputed world ruler and from whom will
would spring a thousand royal branches. The child born of this union was
Chandravarman, founder of the Chandela dynasty. It is believed that
Brihsapati; the preceptor of gods' descended on the earth to write his
Brought up in the forests by his mother who sought refuge from a censorious
society, at an age of sixteen, the young Chandravarman was so strong that he
killed a tiger with a piece of stone and a full grown lion with a small
stick. When he was established as a ruler, he had a dream-visitation from
his mother. It is said that she implored him to build temples that would
reveal human passions, and in doing so bring about a realization of the
emptiness of human desire.
It is also believed that Chandelas were followers of the Tantric cult,
which believes that gratification of earthly desires is a step towards
attaining the infinite liberation or 'nirvana'.
With their decline, the temples lay forgotten for many centuries, covered
by the encroaching forests, victim to the ravages of the elements.
Re-discovered only in this century, restored and cleaned, the temples of
Khajuraho once again testify to a past glory.
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