Khajuraho, MP, India Feb 2014
Khajuraho - Land Of The Moon God is located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh (MP) and roughly 620 kilometers (385 miles) southeast of New Delhi. Khajuraho was the cultural capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled from the 10th to 12th centuries. The temples of Khajuraho are famous for their so-called "erotic sculptures". Symbolising a medieval legacy, the Khajuraho temples are a perfect fusion of architectural and sculptural excellence, representing one of the finest examples of Indian art. To some, they are the most graphic, erotic and sensuous sculptures the world has ever known. But Khajuraho has not received the attention it deserves for its significant contribution to the religious art of India - there are literally hundreds of exquisite images on the interior and exterior walls of the shrines. Architecturally they are unique. While each temple has a distinct plan and design, several features are common to all. They are all built on high platforms, several metres off the ground. The stone used throughout is either granite or a combination of light sandstone and granite. Each of these temples has an entrance hall or mandapa, and a sanctum sanctorum or garbha griha. The roofs of these various sections have a distinct form. The porch and hall have pyramidal roofs made of several horizontal layers. The inner sanctum's roof is a conical tower - a colossal pile of stone (often 30m high) made of an arrangement of miniature towers called shikharas.Read More
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