Lakshmana Temple is located in Khajuraho, India, and is a 10th-century Hindu temple which is built by Yashovarman. To an aspect of Vishnu-VaikunthaVishnu, this temple is dedicated. It is a Sandhara Temple and the temple complex stands on a high platform. All the elements of Hindu temple architecture consist of the structure. It has entrance porch also called ardh-mandapa, Mandapa, Maha-Mandapa, Antarala and Garbhagriha.
Its sanctum is Pancharatha on top-view which is not seen in other temples of Khajuraho and it has a shikhara being clustered with minor brushings. The wall portion is adorned with balconied windows with ornate balustrades. Including divine figures, couples, and erotic scenes, it has two rows of sculptures. With a central one that is very well decorated with the ten incarnations of Vishnu, the sanctum doorway is of seven sakhas. A four-armed sculpture of Vishnu is also placed in the sanctum.
Que: Who is the creator of Lakshmana Temple?
Ans: Yashovarman(Chandella Kings )
Que: What is the style of the temple?
Ans: Indo Aryan Nagara
Que: What are the visiting hours for the temple?
History of the Lakshmana Temple:
Built by the Chandella kings in their newly-created capital of Khajuraho, the Lakshmana temple was the first of several temples. The Chandelles patronized artists, poets, and performers, and built irrigation systems, palaces, and numerous temples which are made out of sandstone, between the 10th and 13th centuries. Including several Hindu temples dedicated to the god’s Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya, at one time over 80 temples existed at this site. Jainism is an ancient Indian religion and to honor the divine teachers of Jainism, temples were built. Bundelkhand region of central India which was once part of the larger Pratihara Dynasty was controlled by Yashovarman. To legitimize his rule over these territories Yashovarman sought to build a temple.
Way to reach the divine:
From the east and walk around its entirety—an activity known as circumambulation, devotees approach the Lakshamanatemple. Moving in a clockwise direction starting from the left of the stairs they begin walking along the large plinth of the temple’s base. Many recall historical events of the Chandella period and the sculpted friezes along the plinth depict images of daily life, love, and war.
Including deities sculpted within niches on the exterior wall of the temple devotees climb the stairs of the plinth, and encounter another set of images. The elephant-headed Ganesha appears in one niche. As Ganesha is a god typically worshipped at the start of things, his presence suggests that devotees are moving in the correct direction for circumambulation. Other sculpted forms create a dramatic “triple-bend” contrapposto pose, all carved in deep relief emphasizing their three-dimensionality which appears nearby in lively, active postures: swaying hips, bent arms, and tilted heads. Accentuated by the depiction of “joined” couples, The exterior juncture wall between the vimana and the mandapa serves as a symbolic function of the joining of vimana and mandapa.
Allowing them to circumambulate this sacred structure in a clockwise direction, an enclosed passage along the wall of the shrine is found by the devotees once they pass through the third and final mandapa.
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How to reach?
By Rail: Khajuraho railway station is the nearest railway station to the temple. One can hire a cab or rickshaw to reach the temple, from the station.
By Airport: Khajuraho civil erodrome is the nearest airport in Khajuraho. One can easily reach the temple from the airport through public and private transports.