February 10, 2010

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple


Khajuraho played a significant role in Indian history. It was called Vatsa in ancient time, Jijakbhukti in medieval times and Bundelkhand from the 14th century.

The Chandela kings who rose to power in the early 10th century made Khajuraho their capital and decorated their palace areas with temples. The place lost its importance in 1500 AD.

From supposedly 85 temples built in those days only about 25 stand today in varying stages of preservation. One of them is the Kandariya Mahadeva.

The Kandariya Mahadeva has a lofty base with elegantly ornamental mouldings, including friezes of elephants, horses, warriors, hunters, acrobats, musicians, dancers, devotees and many other interesting scenes. Its plan and design, symmetry and cultural embellishment mark it out as one of the most evolved and sublime creations of Indian architecture.




If you are interested in more details, read my posts on Khajuraho here and here.

9 comments:

Mridula said...

The temple looks grand and imposing. Beautiful.

Anu said...

Beautiful temple....Khajuraho has always been on the long list i have of places to visit, but the time hasnt yet come :(

hitchwriter said...

beautiful pictures... the temple really looks awe inspiring !

Lakshmi said...

both arun and I are inspiring me to go there :)

Evelyn Howard said...

Amazing structure.

Zhu said...

Amazing, it looks out of an Indiana Jones' movie!

louisebah said...

stunning sculptures on that temple! wow. sigh. oh India! I so am going there one day!

Priyank said...

OMG is this real?? :) Thanks for bringing pictures and stories from places I wonder if I'll ever visit!

Gopalan said...

Superb pictures! Very well done.