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Khajuraho is a tiny village located in the Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The place derives its name from the Hindi word Khajur (date palm) trees that once surrounded the huge Khajurvahaka Tal. Khajuraho is home to India’s largest group of medieval Hindu temples built between 10th and 12th century AD under the reign of Chandela rulers who are believed to be the descendants of Moon. The resplendent temples are famed for the delicate sensuality and eroticism of their sculptures that depict the scenes from the Kama sutra. Legend goes that the Moon God seduced and ravaged a beautiful Brahmin girl known as Hemvati, resulting in the birth of Chandravarman, who grew up to found the great Chandela dynasty. Chadravarman dreamt of his mother who requested him to build temples, which would reveal all aspects of the treasure of passion and erotic fantasy to the world. Chandravarman commenced the construction of the first of the temples and successive rulers added more temples in the complex.
After the decline of Chandela dynasty in 13th century, the temples remain hidden midst the thick forests for many centuries. A British engineer, T.S Burt in the 20th century, rediscovered these architeural marvels. It is believed that originally there were over 80 Hindu temples out of which only 22 now stand in a good state of preservation. Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khajuraho group of monuments is the finest example of temple artisanship all over the world.
The sleepy town of Khajuraho comes alive every spring during the prestigious 7-day Khajuraho Dance Festival. Organized against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit temples, the Festival showcases various classical styles of Indian dance such as Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. It is the first and longest running dance festival of its kind in the country where the glory of the temples is celebrated with true fervor and joy.
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Best Time to Visit - September to March Pilgrimage Attractions
What to buy – Handicrafts, Handlooms, Stone Idols of Gods, Saris
Temples  Dedicated to Jain Pantheon and Hindu gods and goddesses, the magnificent temples of Khajuraho have been categorized in to three geographical groups.
Eastern Group of Temples  The temples in this group are divided in to two more groups one being a cluster of Jain temples and another scattered through the small village. The largest temple of this group is Parsvnath temple, which was initially dedicated to Adinath, but the statue was replaced by that of Parsavanath in 1860 A.D. Other noted temples are Adinath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Hanuman Temple and Brahma Temple.
Western Group of Temples Western group of Khajuraho includes some of the most prominent temples like Kandariya Mahadeo temple, Chausath Yogini temple, Chitragupta temple, Lakshmana temple, Matengeswara temple and Varaha Temple.
Southern Group of Temples  Southern group of temples comprises of Dulah Deo temple and Chaturbhujha temple.
Excursions - Dhubela Museum (57km), Panna National Park (25km), Rane Falls (20km), Rajgarh Palace ( 25km), Ranguan Lake (25km), Benisagar Dam ( 7km), Pandav Falls ( 34km)
How to Get There
By Air: Khajuraho is well connected to Delhi and Agra with regular flights.
By Rail: The closest railheads are Mahoba (64 km) and Harpalpur (94 km). Jhansi (175 km) and Satna (117 km) are nearest railheads from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Agra & Varanasi.
By Road: Regular bus services connect Khajuraho with Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Jabalpur & Bhopal.