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Lakshmana Temple

The large Lakshmana Temple took 20 years to build and was completed in about AD 954 during the reign of Dhanga, according to an inscription in its mandapa (pillared front pavilion). It’s arguably the best preserved …
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Kandariya-Mahadev Temple

The 30.5m-long Kandariya-Mahadev, built between 1025 and 1050, is the largest Western Group temple and represents the highpoint of Chandela architecture. It also has the most representations of female beauty and sex…
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Vishvanath Temple

Believed to have been built in 1002, the Vishvanath Temple anticipates the plan and style of the Kandariya-Mahadev Temple. Dedicated to Shiva, it's a superlative example of Chandela architecture, with a riot of carv…
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Raja Cafe

Raja's has been on top of its game for nearly 40 years, with espresso coffee, English breakfasts, wood-fired pizzas, superb Indian (including tandoori), Italian and Chinese dishes, and an otherwise eclectic menu ful…
Hindu Temple in Khajuraho

Western Group

Khajuraho’s most striking and best-preserved temples are those within the fenced-off section of the Western Group and are the only temples here you have to pay to see. An Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) guidebo…
Jain Temple in Khajuraho

Parsvanath Temple

While not competing in size or erotica with the Western Group temples, this largest of the Jain temples in the walled enclosure is notable for the exceptional precision of its construction as well as for its sculptu…
Hindu Temple in Khajuraho

Chitragupta Temple

The Chitragupta Temple (1000–25) is unique in Khajuraho – and rare among North Indian temples – in being dedicated to the sun god Surya. While its condition is not as good as the other Western Group temples, it has …
Hindu Temple in Khajuraho

Devi Jagadamba Temple

Devi Jagadamba was originally dedicated to Vishnu, but later to Parvati and then Kali. The carvings include sardulas accompanied by Vishnu, surasundaris (heavenly nymphs), and mithunas (pairs of men and women) froli…
Hindu Temple in Khajuraho

Mahadeva Temple

Mahadeva, a small, partly ruined temple on the same platform as Kandariya-Mahadev and Devi Jagadamba, is dedicated to Shiva, who is carved on the lintel of its doorway. It houses one of Khajuraho’s finest sculptures…
Dance in Khajuraho

Festival of Dance

Free nightly Indian dance performances amid the Western Group temples are the focus of this weeklong festival, which packs Khajuraho with visitors.