Khajuraho in Brief
Located in Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is the pride of Indian architectural grandeur. It was built during the rule of Chandela Dynasty which was at its height during the time span of 950 to 1050. The temple complex was reported to be an amalgam of 85 temples in earlier days, though today only 25 temples are found. The temples are believed to be the greatest masterpiece of ancient Indian art.
Three main complexes of the temple are dedicated to different gods and goddesses of Hindu belief whereas some of them are dedicated to Jaina belief as well. The temples in western complex are mainly dedicated to Hindu deities whereas the temples in the Eastern Complex are mainly dedicated to Jaina Tirthankaras.
Though the monuments of Khajuraho are dedicated to two different religions, yet they share a common typology. The amazingly decorated building, i.e., the Janghas are set on an elevated structure. The Janghas are again enclosed with several registers of inscribed panels upon which open-work galleries are set. These Janghas are crowned by a series of towers with curvilinear contours and Sikharas.
All these towers are unique features of the temples in the Nagera style and symbolize the Cosmic Mountain of Mount Kailasha. The unique plan of the temple includes an entrance, mandapa, sanctum-sanctorum, apart from different annexes.