This is the largest, and most typical Khajuraho temple. Dedicated to
Lord Shiva, it soars 31 m high. The sanctum enshrines a lingam, while
the main shrine is ornately carved and depicts various gods, goddesses,
apsaras (heavenly maidens) in elaborate detail. The entrance arch, the
massive pillars and ceilings are adorned with exquisite carvings, that
leave the visitor spellbound.
The oldest surviving temple in the group (900 A.D.), this is the sole
granite temple dedicated to Goddess Kali.
Dedicated to the sun god, Surya, this temple faces eastwards to the
rising sun. The inner sanctum boasts of an impressive image of the
presiding deity - the majestic sun-god looming 5 feet high, and driving
a chariot. The other group scenes depict royal processions, group dances
and other scenes of sheer luxury, typical of the Chandela court-life.
The temple enshrines a three-headed image of Lord Brahma. Lions guard
the northern entrance to the structure, while elephants flank the
southern flight of steps that lead upto it. A Nandi bull faces the
The lintel over the entrance of this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
shows the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Goddess Lakshmi,
Vishnu's consort. The sanctum is adorned with a three-headed idol of
Vishnu's incarnations, Narasimha and Varaha. The latter, the boar
incarnation also appears as a nine-feet high statue at the Varaha
The largest in the group of three Jain temples, the Parsavanath image in
this temple, was installed in 1860. Within the temple, a throne faces
the bull emblem of first tirthankara, Adinath.
This temple, which happens to be outside the precincts of the western
group, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It boasts of an eight feet high
This Jain temple has a frieze depicting the 16 dreams of Mahavira's
mother, and a Jain goddess perched on a winged Garuda.
The last of the Jain temples, is dedicated to the Jain saint, Adinatha,
and is gorgeously adorned with sculptures of yakshis among others.
The three Hindu temples in this group are the Brahma
temple, which has a four-faced lingam, The Vamana temple which is
embellished with images of ravishing apsaras at their alluring best; and
finally the Javari temple, with its ornate gateway and lavish carvings.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the highlights of this temple are the sensuous
images of the apsaras, and other exquisite sculptures.
This temple sports a huge, elaborately carved image of Vishnu in the