To visit the western group of temples in this complex and the museum on the opposite side, you need to collect a ticket A.S.I counter which is located on the main road, beside the path leading to the Matangeshvar Temple. Within this large rectangular complex, a boundary wall surrounds and protects the temples and there is only one entry point. You will see some of the most sensational temples in the world are here, at the Western Group.
Varaha Mandap, Khajuraho
On a high platform, this open pavilion stands to the south of the Devi shrine with 14 short columns, and the high pyramidal roof capped with an amalaka and Kalash are supported by the pavilion. The beauty of this little pavilion becomes explicit when you arise the stairs and take entry. The mandap is formed by a low parapet wall. here you can admire the image of Varaha and can also sit on the soft smoothened stone. This image of Varaha is made out of a single block of sandstone which is long 2.6 meters and 1.7 meters high. Like burnished metal, the stone shines and is among the most unusual sculptures of Khajuraho. There was a time when the earth was engulfed by primeval floods, according to Hindu mythology. Vishnu divided the waters and lifted the earth goddess Bhudevi out of their foreboding depths and assumed the form of gigantic cosmic boar.
There are two small shrines opposite the large Lakshman Temple. Devi Mandap is located directly opposite. It has been renovated during the last century that as indicated by its cemented peaked roof.
This striking temple stands facing the Varaha and Devi mandaps is Lakshmana Temple. lt has been built by the Chandella rulers and is considered to be the earliest one of the three largest temples of Khajuraho and the Western Group. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and faces the east. Measuring approximately 25.9 meters in length, the temple is as tall as it is long. Before ascending the temple stairs you can see interesting sculptures raised on a high platform. The Lakshmana temple is unique in Khajuraho for its four subsidiary shrines at the four corners of its rectangular platform and stands like a giant mountain of stone at the center. Each of the Subsidiary shrines has a little porch, the band of sculpture along the exterior walls.
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
In Khajuraho, this is the largest and most defined temple without any doubt. With the small Mahadev shrine and the medium-sized Devi jagdambi Temple, Kandariya Mahadev shares its high platform, thereby accentuating its height and grandeur. After the Kandariya Mahadev temple, the artist of Khajuraho never attempted to build a structure so high or ornated, again, according to our knowledge. In light, the temple is about 30 meters and in width, it measures about 20ms. In length, the temple shikhara rises 35.3 meters. It looks like a huge mountain of stone with a dark cave-like opening set high above the ground from the east side. Above the ground, the temple measures about 30 meters in length and cave-like opening Set high. The name Kandariya Mahadeva indicates to Shiva also, lost in meditation, the saint who dwells in a mountain cave. At the base, the shikhara of the kandariya Mahadev Temples is spacious. To be clambering up the central tower, it is built up of over righty replica shikhara that appear and gives it both force and momentum on its skyward journey towards divinity.
The purpose of this small shrine between the Kandariya and the Devi Jagdambi Temples is difficult to determine. Mahadev Shrine consists of a small open-pillared porch and sanctum. During the last century, the structure has suffered further through renovations. To be the symbol of the chandelles, a figure of the rampant lion fighting with a kneeling figure presumed and it has some reason behind its installation in the porch. On the platform of the Kandariya Mahadev and Devi temples, there are two similar rampant lion figures.
Devi Jagdambi Temple
In comparison to the magnificent Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, this is much smaller. With only one set of balconies, it has a cross-plan only. There is one mandap but no inner pradakshina path. However, some of the loveliest sculptures of Khajuraho are there in the Devi JagdambiTemple, and most of them are easily visible because of their medium height. In their rightful places, There is a wonderful representation of the dipoles. On the south, the awesome Yama and Nirriti, and especially noteworthy sides are placed in the southwest. Endearing images of Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma embracing their consorts are located in the little niches on the south, west, and north sides. With figures of the divine couples and others depicting every mood of love, it is as if the Devi Jagadambi and the Chitragupta Temples were specially assigned to honor love and conjugal harmony. A woman who limited upon her standing over, as a creeper climbs a tree, to kiss his fervently, is depicted in a recess on the south side. The most fascinating sculptures are on the west side. For their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures, the western temples are famous.
Between 950 AD and 1050 AD by the Chandela dynasty, most of the temples were built. Spread over 20 square kilometers, by the 12th century, the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples. After attacks from Mughal rulers, only about 25 temples have survived. Of the surviving temples, with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism, and expressiveness of ancient Indian art, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is decorated.
Reason of attraction
These Temple structures which are built more than 1000 years old, really amaze its visitors. These temples of Khajuraho have a lot to offer which are filled with such rich cultural history. It is one of the most interesting places in India where you will surely get to know about the history and cultures of thousand years ago and you should surely make a visit for once at least.
Que: Who is the builder of the western group of temples?
Ans: The rulers of the Chandela Dynasty
Que: When these temples were built?
Ans: Between 950 AD and 1050 AD
Que: Is Photography allowed there?
Que: Are There any entry fees to get access to the temple?
Ans: Yes,10Rs per person.
How to reach
By Air: Khajuraho civil erodrome is the nearest airport. From the Airport public and private transports are available through which one can easily reach the western group of temple.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Khajuraho railway station in Khajuraho. From the station, one can hire a cab or rickshaw to reach their desired destination.