Khajuraho is known for its magnificent temples which are among the most creative examples of the Indian architecture. Built between 950 and 1050 A.D, only 22 temples out of 85 now survive. Khajuraho sculpture is sublime and sensuous, the centre of new imagery in art. The popular theme is woman: reflective, playful amorous. The carving also depict Griffins, Nymphs, Beasts, Demons in revolt, Gods in cosmic evolution, fear, doubt, jealousy, ardent love and consummate passion. The temples of Khajuraho can be divided into three geographical groups - western, eastern and southern.
Western group of temples:
Sculptures on these temples are the biggest of
all tourist attractions in Khajuraho. The temples of this group cluster near
the left of the entrance. The Kandariya Mahadeo temples are the largest and
architecturally most perfect. Here lie the ruins of Chausath Yogini Temple,
which is believed to the oldest in Khajuraho. Matangeshwar Temple features a
huge Yoni pierced by a 2.5mtrs Lingam. This is the only temple, which is still
Eastern group of temples:
These temples stand on the bank of the river
Khajur. Javari Temple, Vamana Temple, Brahma and Hanuman Temple are the notable
Jain group of temples:
The Jain groups of temples are also referred as
Southern group of temples as they lie on the southeast side of the old village.
Parsvanath Temple is the most reputed of all of them.
Panna National Park:
Only 25kms away from Khajuraho,
the national park sprawls over an area of 543 sq. km. along the eastern bank of
the Ken River. Gurgling brooks and chirpy waterfalls make a perfect setting for
the exotic wild lives including tigers.
Some 20kms away from Khajuraho, the Ken River
plunges down to a 5 km long, 30mtrs deep canyon, giving birth to the
spectacular Rane Falls. The crystalline granites on the backdrop present a
mesmerizing pallet of color from pink to gray.