About Khajuraho

Khajuraho, a small town in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The name was given to the city date palms (kajur), in the thickets of which for centuries the pearl of world architecture was hidden - the temple complex of Khajuraho.

English army captain Burt, accidentally opened the world after the oblivion of the temples of Khajuraho, and came to Victorian indignation when he saw the figures depicted on the walls of the temples. And, in fact, there are no analogues in the world of the temples of several religions, which are decorated with erotic and religious motifs.

Khajuraho is a must-see for an inquisitive tourist. The finest carving, the complexity of architectural solutions create a mysterious labyrinth in which everyone finds a hidden meaning, meaning and secret message. Therefore, it is not surprising that in a city with a population of 10 thousand people, packed Boeing buses with tourists go every day. Here people come not only to look at the historical monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, people coming to understand the culture and philosophy of India come to Khajuraho.

Who has not heard about erotic reliefs at the temples of Khajuraho ( Khajuraho )? These mysterious images, in which religiosity is connected with pornography, have been exciting the Europeans imagination for almost 200 years, since the English military in 1838 opened this group of 11th-century churches in the village wilderness. Khajuraho is still a village in which one can see almost primitive life. However, now the market street with hotels and restaurants has added, for the sake of tourists flooding this place - connoisseurs of art, and newlyweds. Khajuraho is a cozy place for rest.

Most of the temples are in a well-groomed park, several freestanding temples are 5 km away from the main park in the village. The shortage of this wonderful place is extreme poverty of the population, which stands in striking contrast to the wealth of tourists, which makes souvenir sellers unbearably miserable and bothersome creatures, and ordinary villagers - with dignified beggars. In the village, many locals tend to invite a tourist to the house, pose for him for photos, and feed him and show how exotic they are to live in order to get some money for this "ethno-excursion". Unfortunately, this side effect of civilization, which has come to a remote Indian village, is able to poison the romantic mood of Khajuraho.

Complementing the beauty of the whole ensemble, the temples change color slightly during the day, making the transition from a warm pinkish hue at sunrise to white under the midday sun and again warm pink at sunset. In the evenings, dramatic artificial lighting by searchlights snatches them from the darkness of the night and they shine brightly white against the backdrop of a silvery moon.

In Khajuraho in March, the annual festival of classical Indian dance is held, where dancers from all over India come. Dancers of different styles appear on the court in the background of the temples, making an indelible impression.

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When to Visit

The best time to arrive in Khajuraho is from November to March. The rest of the time is very hot. 

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Khajuraho Dance Festival

In March, the annual dance festival is held in Khajuraho.

Once Khajuraho was the spiritual capital of the Chandela dynasty, which was an influential Rajput dynasty and ruled Central India from Khajuraho between the 10th and 12th centuries. Now Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent stone temples, which are decorated with thousands of erotic sculptures.

The Khajuraho Dance Festival, which lasts a whole week, includes classical dances and is held annually in January / March on the stunning background of the Khajuraho Temples. This cultural festival of India highlights the brightness of classical dance styles such as, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Kathakali and Modern Indian dances with performances by the best dancers of India. Along with the famous performers, several masters exhibit their goods for visitors on the open market.

The ancient temples serve as an unusual decoration for the whole festival. Indian dance traditions are believed to have been established by the gods. In Indian mythology, gods and goddesses are great lovers of music, singing and dancing. And some of them are great dancers.

Dances are performed in an open auditorium, usually opposite the Temple of Chitragupta (dedicated to Lord Surya – the God of the Sun) or the Temple of Visvanatha (dedicated to Lord Shiva). These temples are part of the Western Group of Temples; the largest, well-kept and easily accessible group of Khajuraho temples. Temples are illuminated by a unique light for this occasion, which serves as an ancient and great background for performances. The Khajuraho Dance Festival is held as a festival of the cultural heritage of the Khajuraho temples and is dedicated to their preservation for future generations.

In recent years, the festival has become very popular and has turned into a great international event.

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What to Eat

The cuisine of the region is famous for its sweet and spicy desserts. The best restaurant in the city is the Green view Restaurant, whose interiors are kept in red and green. The restaurant is located in the Western group of temples.

Restaurant Paradise - small but cozy offers delicious and inexpensive food, especially good here are pancakes with mango. An excellent restaurant of Indian cuisine with an excellent overview of the Western group of temples - Blue Sky. You can drink real Indian coffee at Madras Coffee House (across the road from the Western group of temples) or in Raja Cafe, owned by two sisters to Swiss women (the kitchen there is also Swiss). For supporters of vegetarian food Agrawal Veg Restaurant is suitable.

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Western Group

Similar to the fleet of stone ships thrown ashore amidst pristine meadows and flower beds bordered by bougainvillea shrub thickets, the temples of the Western Group of Khajuraho (every day from sunrise to sunset) seem strangely detached from their past. With the exception of Matangesvara, located outside the main complex, all of them today are practically devoid of religious significance and come to life only during Shivratri. Visitors, before entering the temples, must take off their shoes. MPTDC offers audio recording of excursions to the Western Group, which can be obtained at any of the MPTDC hotels, tourist offices, or the ticket office of the temple.

 On the territory of the Western Group, there are wonderful sound and musical performances, which use Indian classical music and stunning lighting effects, creating a special atmosphere, against which the story about the history of the temples "master sculptor" leads. The five-minute show was first shown on the eve of the coming of the new millennium, and since then it has been every evening in Hindi and in English (English show: March-Aug at 19.30, Sept-Feb at 19.00, Chargeable). 

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Eastern Group

Eastern Group Two separate temple complexes, forming the "Eastern Group" on Cunningham map, can be accessed by two off-road branches in the east of the city. One of them is the heavily-crowded Jaina Group (every day from sunrise to sunset), and a little to the north, in the vicinity of Khajuraho, there are several sanctuaries and two larger temples - Vamana and Javari.

 To the left of the road, immediately outside the city, in a comparatively new temple there is a two-meter image of the Hanuman king of monkeys, perhaps the oldest of all the temples and sanctuaries of Khajuraho. Where the road branches to the left and goes along the eastern shore of the gloomy Khajur Sagar lake, at the outskirts of Khajuraho village, the path runs past the remains of a temple consisting of a single room, mistakenly called the Brahma temple. Although it is often believed that this is the temple of Vishnu, in fact it is the sanctuary of Shiva, which is confirmed by its "four-faced" (chaturmukha) lingam. While the eastern and western faces have mild expressions, and the northern face is represented in the form of a gentle image of Mind, the female manifestation of Shiva, a fierce southern face surrounds images of death and destruction. The linga is crowned by the rounded form of Sadasiva.