The ancient temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh are undoubtedly one of the most stunning medieval monuments in India. Although reduced from 85 to 25, this is till date the largest group of Jain and Hindu temples in the world. Travelers from all around the globe search for stunning Khajuraho accommodation to gaze at the beauty of the temples’ intricate carvings, architectural brilliance and unique sculptures. Here are 4 unique facts that make the temple unlike any other in the world:
- Scattered over a total area of 9 square miles, the sculptures depict the way women would traditionally live in the medieval age, offering an invaluable insight into 11th century lifestyle. While some temples are dedicated to Jain deities, the remaining showcase Hindu lords including the Holy Hindu trio of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The temples also celebrate female deities such as Devi Jagadambi.
- Built in sandstone using beautiful shades of pink and pale yellow, every temple has its own entrance, a dedicated hall and a place to pray. The temples have rooms that are inter-connected with spiral superstructures following a ‘Panchayatana’ plan. Sculptures of Gods and Godesses on the temple walls indicate divine Shakti and Shiva’s many incarnations as female and male manifestations, the Yin and the Yang.
- The western part of the temple known as the Devi Jagdambi temple is primarily known for its erotic art and is wrongfully connected to Devi Jagdambi. Instead, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is lined with sculptures of mithunas, devanganas and widely popular erotic scenes that depict mithunas in sexual positions. It is these erotic sights that have awarded the temple its name as the ‘Kama Sutra Temple’ of India. Contrary to popular belief, the temple does not depict erotic acts between deities. The erotic sculptures are only found on the inner or outside walls of the temples. Additionally, the temples are also a celebration of womanhood, depicting heavily ornamented ‘apsaras’ decking up and grooming.
- It is believed that the erotic depictions were an expression of wellbeing and love towards life. During the medieval era, having erotic sculptures and motifs was considered to be auspicious and protective. As per the ancient religious text of Brihat Samhita, erotic sculptures along with goblins and creepers were carved on the temple doors to bring good luck and fortune. This was connected to the idea of young boys practicing ‘Brahmacharya’ during the medieval age, where they were required to stay secluded until they would become adults. The sculptures on the temples were made to prepare these adolescents for the world outside and introduce them to larger worldly desires.
The art and sculpture at Khajuraho is treated as the pinnacle of architectural brilliance. Stay at The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho, one of the top resorts in Madhya Pradesh to enjoy panoramic views of the Khajuraho Temples. From the tranquil Garden View Room to the supreme Presidential Suite, your stay will be marked with an exceptional blend of old-world elegance and contemporary comfort. Every moment of your stay will be imbued with the signature service that has made The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, the favoured abode of discerning business and leisure travellers.