The world famous Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Madhya Pradesh was built by the Chandella Dynasty rulers, who claimed to be the descendants of God Moon. Out of nearly 90 temples built over 200 years, only about 22 have managed to pass the test of time. Visiting these temples that depict erotic human passions in the form of irresistibly spectacular sculptures is a wonderful experience.
According to few legends, the village of Khajuraho was a great learning center for the boys who would follow celibacy at the hermitages and would learn about the earthly pleasures from the erotic sculptures. The sculptures depict men and women engaged in different sex positions as compiled by Kamasutra. In addition to erotica, the sculptures also represent the skilled craftsmanship of the Indian artists. It is indeed enticing to view the level of creativity that these figures show.
Khajuraho Temples are among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are also counted among the seven wonders of India. There are three divisions of temples known as Western, Eastern and Southern groups of temples. Lakshmana Temple and Kandariya Mahadeo Temple of the western division are the most popular ones. The group also has Devi Jagdamba Temple with some of the most notable sculptures.
Among the popular eastern division temples are Parsvanath Temple, Adinath Temple and Ghantai temple. This group mainly consists of the Jain Temples that are embellished with sculptures, carvings and other architectural elements. Chattarbhuj Temple and Dulhadev Temple of the southern division are also worth visiting.
It is unfortunate that many temples in the village were raided by the foreign rulers, depriving the future generations of admiring the extended architectural excellence. Still, the remaining temples offer spellbinding beauty and their surroundings offer an extremely peaceful environment for the visitors looking for tranquility.