UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Khajuraho

Built in: 10th century

Year of Inscription: 1986

Reason for Inscription: According to the 1st and 2nd criteria of Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention any monument which exhibits extraordinary human creativity is to be awarded the title of World Heritage Site. Khajuraho, through its architectural magnificence displays the height of artistic excellence reached by the architects of a particular time in ancient India. Unlike other Hindu temples, Khajuraho attracts attention not for its presiding deities or religious importance, but rather for the incredible carvings and designs depicted on the temple walls.

Category: Hindu religious structure

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.

How to Reach The world famous tourist destination Khajuraho is well connected to the major cities of the country by air, train and road.

By Air : For the tourists coming from abroad, Delhi is the nearest International Airport. Upon reaching Delhi, a connecting flight will take you to the Khajuraho Airport which is only 2 km from the Khajuraho City.

By Train : Khajuraho has its own railway station named after the famous temple. The railway station is just around 5 km away from the popular tourist spots of Khajuraho. Cabs on hiring basis are available from the station premise to Khajuraho temple.

By Road : There are many types of buses available that one can select from to reach Khajuraho from different parts of North India.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

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