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Temples

Kandariya Mahadev Temple

Madhya Pradesh , Bhopal

Kandariya Mahadev Temple is, without any doubt the largest and most magnificent temple in Khajuraho. The  structure and its sculptural detailing epitomises the artistic heritage of the bygone eras. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is said to have been built by the Chandela king Vidhyadhara, who ruled from 1017 to 1029. It is believed that Mahmud of Ghazni waged war against Vidhyadhara. Unsuccessful  in defeating the  King, Mahmud ended the war  in  a truce between the two. Vidhyadhara celebrated his success by building the Kaṇḍāriyā Mahādeva Temple, dedicated to his family deity Shiva. Its construction is dated to the period from 1025 and 1050 AD.

Legend

The myth of the origin of Khajuraho temples revolves around Hemvati who was the beautiful daughter of Hemraj, the royal priest of Kashi. It is believed that the Moon God, taken in by her beauty, descended to earth in human form and ravished her. Hemvati, who was a child widow, threatened to curse the god for ruining her life. To make amends god promised that she would become the mother of a heroic son. He also asked her to go to to Khajujupura wh...View more

Architecture

Kandariya Mahadeva is the largest and most ornate of the Hindu temples and is renowned for its Nagara-style architecture. The temple structure above a platform wile the superstructure is built in a steep mountain shape, symbolic of Mount Meru which is said to be the mythical source of creation of the world. The main structure of the shrine has carved and sculpted roofs which rise to terminate in the shikara, which has 84 miniature spires. There a...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : There is an entrance fee to the western group of temples temple -Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 250 for foreigners.The ticket price for the light and sound show are- Rs. 75 for adults and Rs. 25 for children (Indians)/Rs. 300 for adults and Rs. 150 for children (Foreigners)

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Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.

Culture

Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for its ancient temples that depict some of the finest art and architecture in the world.

Location and Contact

Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

By Air- Khajuraho Airport is the nearest airport. Taxi or jeep can be taken to the temple.

By Rail - Khajuraho railway station is connected to a few towns only. Mahoba is the nearest major railhead, 63 km away and is well connected to other parts of the country.

By Road - Khajuraho is well connected by road. Many private and state-owned buses run from Khajuraho to neighbouring cities.

Additional Info

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Temple Rituals

The priests perform puja to the deities

Regular Offerings

Not Available

Special Rituals

The  tourism department presents a  light and sound show in the garden of the western group of temples every evening at 19:30.

Famous Festival

March - Maha Shivrathri

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