Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho

The largest Hindu temple in the area, Kandariya Mahadev Temple offers a revealing insight into the history of India. Built in the shape of a cave, resembling Himalayas where it’s believed that Lord Shiva resides, it represents a true artistic masterpiece. Visit the temple and attend some of the rituals from the medieval period which you can’t see anywhere else, such as regular prayers, and group meals that represent offering a sacrifice. Take some time and look closely at the carved statues, the architecture, and fine details. Take a tour guide in case you want to learn more about history and the customs of the temple and the locals. Plan your Kandariya Mahadev Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Chhatarpur District using our Chhatarpur District trip maker app .
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  • One of the three main temples in the temple complex. Both others are the Laksgmana temple and the Devi Jagdamba temple. The other temples are less interesting. The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest and highest temple in Khajuraho and probably also the best known and most photographed. The guide we had with us knew that Khajuraho was once the capital of the Chandela dynasty and that the temple was built around the year 1000. It is one of the best preserved medieval temples of India. Like almost all the temples of that time, the Kandariya Mahadeva temple is dedicated to cardinal gods of the daily worship of most of the Hindus: Vishnu, Shiva, Surya and Shakti. Characteristically seems to be the Shikhara, or the tapered tower.
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  • The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the most magnificent with a 35.5 metre shikhara ( tower) and exquisite carvings. Famous for sensuous and sophisticated sculptures of God's and goddesses, erotic scenes...  more »
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  • It's one of the temple of western group of temples in Khajuraho. Good place to visit to see the fine ancient architecture of India.
  • Well maintained. Must visit world Heritage.
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