Outspoken, intricately playful, and heavily ladened with history, Khajuraho is worthy of a day’s visit.
Astonishing examples of the finest temple art in the world abound in Khajuraho, a group of Hindu and Jain temples beckoning visitors at the heart of India. Largely reflecting nagara symbolism, the complex is most famous for its intriguing erotic sculptures. But beyond that, you will find exquisite Indian art embodied in every small element in epitomic architecture. The remaining 20 of the original 85 temples await in the World Heritage Site, poised for boundless admiration. Get your camera ready and dive deep into a world of ancient wonderment.
The sculptures seem to depict almost every element in life, whether trivial or important. For the most evocative figures, head to the Western Group, where the highlights are gathered in the fenced section. This is also where you will find most of the famous erotic sculptures. As for less assertive ones, the main temple is the place to be. The sculptures here pay tribute to female beauty and acrobatics. Vishvanath is arguably the most diverse of the Western Complex. It features figures of various animals, musicians, warriors, and dancers, as well as daily scenes that offer insight into the common values of society back in the day.
Overall, the complex seems frozen in time, bringing 1st-century artistic flair to this day. In terms of old Hindu beliefs, the temples are each unique in some way, dedicated to even the rarest gods and goddesses. There is also a folk museum on the grounds. There, you can find traces of the tribal heritage. For the pieces recovered across the complex, seek out the archeology museum. Especially the relics of the western complex will awe you into silence.
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