Western Group of Temples
Kandariya Mahadeo Temple
The largest, most typical Khajuraho temple, it soars 31 m high. Dedicated to Shiva, the sanctum sanctorum enshrines a lingam. The main shrine is exquisitely carved and features, in delicate detail, gods, goddess, celestial maidens and lovers. Particularly noteworthy are the entrance arch, the ceilings and pillars of the interior compartments.
It is one of the earliest and also one of the best preserved temples in the area, with full five part floor plane and four subsidiary shrines. Around the temple are two band instead of the usual three; the lower one has fine figures of Apsaras (Celestial maidens). Around the base of the temple is the continuous frieze with the scenes of the battles, hunting and the processions.
Chausat Yogini Temple
The only granite temple and the earliest surviving shrine of the group (900 A. D.). It is dedicated to Kali. Only 35 of the original 65 shrines remain. Another Kali temple (originally dedicated to Vishnu) is the Devi Jagdambe temple.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, a huge 2.5 meters high lingam is placed in the sanctum. There is a statue of Ganesha outside.
Facing eastwards to the rising sun, the temple is dedicated to the sungod, Surya. The image of the deity in the inner sanctum is particularly imposing: five feet high, and driving a horse-drawn chariot. The group scenes depict royal processions, hunting scenes and group dances, reflecting the lavish lifestyle of the Chandela courts.
A three-headed image of Brahma is enshrined in this temple. The approach is equally impressive, with lions flanking the northern and elephants the southern steps glimpsed here, with other rare species such as the leopard, wolf and gharial. Herds of bluebull, chinkara and sambar are a common sight. On the road to Panna are the spectacular Pandav Falls. Alternate picnic sites are Benisagar Dam, Raneh Falls and Ranguan Lake, while interesting trips can be made to Rajgarh Palace, now being converted into a Heritage Hotel, and Dhubela Museum. Further away is Bandhavgarh National Park and tranquil Chitrakoot.
Lakshmi & Varah Temple
There are two small shrines here. The Latter has a huge beautifully carved figure of the Varaha (wild boar) incarnation of Lord Vishnu worth seeing.
A Sun-et-Lumiere show, detailing the history of Khajuraho has been introduced at the western group of temples. It is represented in Hindi and English.
Eastern Group of Temples
The Eastern group consists of Hindu temple and Jain Temples.
The temple of Parsvanath is the largest of the Jain temples at Khajuraho and the finest. The temple was originally dedicated to Adinath and latter to Parsvanath. It is the finest example of the sensitive art.
Adjacent of the Parsvanath Temples, this temple has fine carvings, very similar top Hindu temples of Khajuraho.
This temple has fine columns and chains and bells, with a figure of Jain Goddess on a Garuda. It depicts 16 dreams of Mahavira mother.
Shantinath is youngest of all the temples at Khajuraho built a century ago.The temple has a four and a half meter statue of Adinath.
It is one of the oldest temples in Khajuraho, built mostly of granite and sand stone. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
This temple was named after the dwarf incarnation of Vishnu. It is fairly secluded and stands out in a field all by itself and is notable for the relatively simple design of the Shikhar.
This temple is dedicated to Vishnu is an excellent example of Khajuraho architecture on a small scale dating back to around 1000 AD.
Southern Group Temples
Only two temples feature in this group.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, there are fine sculptures of apsaras on display here.
The temple has a 3 meter high richly carved statue of Vishnu.
Situated near western group temples; this museum has collection of sculptures inscriptions, architectural panels and friezes dating back to the 10th and 12th centuries.