is 595 km (370 miles) south-east of Delhi and can be visited
by air, rail or road. An overnight train journey from Delhi
takes the visitor to Jhansi, from where another morning train
takes him to Harpalpur 85 km (53 miles) to the east.
By air : A daily Boeing 737 service links Khajuraho
with Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Kathmandu.
By rail : The nearest railheads are Jhansi (172 km),
Satna (117 km) which are linked to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and
Chennai. From Jhansi and Satna one can take buses or taxis to
By road : Khajuraho is connected by regular buses with
Satna, Harpalpur, Jhansi and Mahoba.
The divine sculptures in these temples, are a tribute to life
itself. Embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous.
The murals depict the life and times of the Chandelas, while
celebrating the erotic state of being. They not only testify
to the mastery of the craftsman, as also to the vision of the
The Western Group of Temples :
Chaunsat Yogini : This is the oldest of the surviving
temples of Khajuraho. It is dedicated to goddesses Kali and is
the only temple that is built in granite.
The Kandariya Mahadeo : This is considered the most
evolved example of central Indian temple architecture. It is
dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the largest of Khajuraho
The Lakshmana Temple : This is one of the oldest and
finest of the western group of temples. Themes recurring in
the sculptures are battle, hunting, and women.
The temple of Vishwanath and Nandi : Celebrates the
marriage of Lord Shiva with Parvati. The sculptures are
dominated by women in various attitudes of life like fondling
babies and writing letters.
The temple of Devi Jagdamba : This is considered to be
one of the most erotic temples of Khajuraho by many. It has
the most talked-about image, mithuna, and the sensuously
Other important temples in the western group are the temples
of Lakshmi and Varaha, Mahadev, Chitragupta, Parvati, and
Eastern Group of Temples :
The temple of Parsvanath : This is the largest of the
Jain temples in Khajuraho. It was originally dedicated to
Adinath and later to Parsvanath.
Shantinath : This is the youngest of all the temples in
Khajuraho. It is just a century old and has a big statue of
The temple of Brahma and Hanuman : This is one of the
oldest temples in Khajuraho. It is built mostly of granite and
sandstone and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Mostly in ruins
now, the temple of Ghantai has fine columns and chains and
bells, with a figure of a Jain goddess on a garuda.
The Southern Group :
The southern group only has two temples, the Duladeo which is
newer and built when the creativity of Khajuraho was
deteriorating. The Chaturbhuja Temple has a 3-m-high statue of