Khajuraho is a quiet little village in the province of Madhya Pradesh. The roads that lead to it and that had us drive from village to village are full of potholes. By most standards, this place is in the middle of nowhere today, as it must have been 1000 years ago. But what an incredible place ! With the Taj Mahal and the cities of Varanasi and Jaipur, the temples of Khajuraho are one of India's major attractions. The location is probably as important as the temples themselves : the temples are spread out in a large green park that enables visitors to forget everything else and only see the stunning temples. Despite the pouring monsoon rains, we were stunned. We'll just leave you with some pictures.




Most temples in Khajuraho date from 950 to 1050 AD. Not only are people intrigued about the off the beaten track location of Khajuraho, the mystery remains about how the Chandela dynasty was able to recruit the labour to manage to build so many temples of such monumental size in just 100 years. As with the Buddhist caves in Bingling Si, China, the remoteness of the location has helped preserve Khajuraho from human destruction, in this case from the Muslims.



Khajuraho is famous for the vast amount of decoration that embellish the temples. These show all aspects of Indian life of 1000 years ago : gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals as well as aspects of daily life. The temples were literally covered with sculptures.







Breathtaking detail work, meter after meter up to the sky


Khajuraho is also famous for two elements that appear over and over again : women and eroticism. Stone figures of "apsaras" or celestial maidens appear on very temple. "They pout and pose for all the world like pin-up models posing for the camera. In between are the mithuna, erotic figures, running through a whole Kamasutra of possibilities".



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