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==Significance of Khajurāho==
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The Candella dynasty which ruled over Jejaka bhukti the present day Bundelkhand of Madhya Pradesh from the 9th to the 14th centuries has left a large number of beautiful temples built around CE 1000. These temples are situated near Khajurāho, a village close to Chatarpur, about 45 km. (28 miles) from it. These temples belong to not only the people following Śaivism and Vaiṣṇavism but also to Jainism.
India is a land of temples. The Candella dynasty which ruled over Jejaka bhukti the present day Bundelkhand of Madhya Pradesh from the 9th to the 14th centuries has left a large number of beautiful temples built around A. D. 1000. These temples are situated near Khajurāho, a village close to Chatarpur, about 45 kms. (28 miles) from it. These temples belong to not only the people following Śaivism and Vaiṣṇavism but also to Jainism.
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==Characteristics of Mahādeva Temple==
 
==Characteristics of Mahādeva Temple==
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* It is based on the pañcāyatana principle.
 
* It is based on the pañcāyatana principle.
 
* It has five shrines.
 
* It has five shrines.
* The image of Viṣṇu with four arms is very beautiful.
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* The idol of Viṣṇu with four arms is very beautiful.
  
 
==Other Temples==
 
==Other Temples==
The general peculiarities of the temples found here are:
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The general peculiarities of the temples found here include:
 
* All the temples have one entrance gradually leading to:
 
* All the temples have one entrance gradually leading to:
# Ardha-maṇṭapa
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** Ardha-maṇṭapa
# Main maṇṭapa (or hall)
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** Main maṇṭapa (or hall)
# Antarāla  
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** Antarāla  
# Garbhagṛha - sanctum
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** Garbhagṛha - sanctum
 
* There is also a passage round the main sanctum for pradakṣiṇā or circumambulation.
 
* There is also a passage round the main sanctum for pradakṣiṇā or circumambulation.
 
* There are also six Jain temples usually 18 meters (60 ft.) by 9 meters (30 ft.).
 
* There are also six Jain temples usually 18 meters (60 ft.) by 9 meters (30 ft.).
 
* The jain temples are simpler in structure though beautiful.
 
* The jain temples are simpler in structure though beautiful.
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
 
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 15:30, 23 October 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Khajuraho, KhajurAho, Khajuraaho


The Candella dynasty which ruled over Jejaka bhukti the present day Bundelkhand of Madhya Pradesh from the 9th to the 14th centuries has left a large number of beautiful temples built around CE 1000. These temples are situated near Khajurāho, a village close to Chatarpur, about 45 km. (28 miles) from it. These temples belong to not only the people following Śaivism and Vaiṣṇavism but also to Jainism.

Characteristics of Mahādeva Temple

The temples are in two rows. The largest and the best of these is the Kandariya Mahādeva temple of Lord Śiva. The peculiarities of the temple is as follows:

  • It is built on a platform which is 8.6 meters (28.5 ft.) above the ground level.
  • The temple is 32.7 meters (109 ft.) long and 18 meters (60 ft.) wide.
  • The height of the gopuram is 35 meters (116 ft.) above the ground level.
  • An important characteristic of this temple is a duplication of the vimāna from the flat roof of the mukhamaṇtapa (entrance) on all the sides until the central and real roof of the main shrine is reached.
  • Each succeeding vimāna is bigger than the preceding one.
  • The final vimāna is akin to that of the Liṅgarāja temple of Bhubaneśvar in Orissa.
  • It has a very large number of erotic sculptures on the outside, in various postures, which is rather intriguing.

Characteristics of Viṣṇu Temple

The peculiarities of Viṣṇu temple is as follows:

  • It is 25 1/2 meters (85 ft.) by 13 meters (44 ft.).
  • It is based on the pañcāyatana principle.
  • It has five shrines.
  • The idol of Viṣṇu with four arms is very beautiful.

Other Temples

The general peculiarities of the temples found here include:

  • All the temples have one entrance gradually leading to:
    • Ardha-maṇṭapa
    • Main maṇṭapa (or hall)
    • Antarāla
    • Garbhagṛha - sanctum
  • There is also a passage round the main sanctum for pradakṣiṇā or circumambulation.
  • There are also six Jain temples usually 18 meters (60 ft.) by 9 meters (30 ft.).
  • The jain temples are simpler in structure though beautiful.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore