Khajuraho

Situated in the heart of Central India, Khajuraho is a fascinating village with a quaint rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage. The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India’s unique gift of love to the world, represent the expression of a highly matured civilization of Chandela Rajputs. Khajuraho temples were constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. during the reign of Chandel Empire.

Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 are existing scattered over an area of about 21 sq km. The 85 temples were built in North Indian ‘Nagara’ style of architecture. All the temples were constructed amazingly within a short span of 100 years (950 AD – 1050 AD). With the wane of the Chandela empire, these magnificent temples lay neglected, and vulnerable to the ravages of nature. They were rediscovered in the last century, restored and granted the recognition of World Heritage Monuments.

If the temples of Khajuraho can be said to have a theme, it is woman. A celebration of woman and her myriad moods and facets- Writing letters, applying kohl to her eyes, brushing her hair, dancing with joyous abandon playing with her child. Depicted in a wealth of detail, sharply etched, sculpted with consummate artistry. The philosophy of the age dictated the enjoyment of the delights of ‘arth’ (material wealth) and ‘kama’ (sensual pleasures) while performing one’s ‘dharma’ (duty) as the accepted way of life for the ‘grihastha’ (householder).