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Western Temples, Khajuraho, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh 471606, India
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for foreign tourists
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
Around 1 hour

about lakshmana temple

One of the oldest temples in Khajuraho, Lakshmana Temple is an essential part of the Western Group of temples. Built by a Chandela ruler, Yashovarman, in 930 - 950 CE, the temple is built on a raised platform. With typical medieval Indian architecture, the temple is made of sandstone. The most interesting attribute of the temple is the sanctum which is in the form of a chariot also referred to as the Pancharatha. With over 600 Hindu God residing in the temple, it features all the attributes of Hindu architecture, including a 'Mandapa' and a 'Maha Mandapa'. The entrance of the temple is adorned with numerous carvings of Hindu Gods and artistic, sensual carvings. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the inside of the temple houses a grand image of Vaikuntha-Vishnu from Tibet. The splendid carvings are in the southernmost corner of the temple and make up only for a small portion of the temple. Grand and glorious, the temple is a must visit for its absolute beauty.

The enshrined statue at Lakshmana Temple is 4 ft high and has three faces (lion, man and boar). On its base are depictions including marching armies, domestic life, dancers and orgies. The female bracket figures in the temple are exquisite. The façade is decorated with sculptures; the middle panel of which portrays mithunas or amorous couples. In front of the temple are two smaller shrines, to Devi and Varaha (950 CE). This larger-than-life boar figure is made of a single block of yellow sandstone and is engraved with 627 miniature figures.

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