Khajuraho Temples

October 25, 2022 by admin0

History of Khajuraho Temples Madhya Pradesh –Ancient chronicles called the city Khajurvahaka, Khajurapur, and Khajjinpura. The Rajput Chandela dynasty ruled from the 9th to 11th century from Khajuraho and their kingdom was called Jejakabhukti. Around the 9th century, warrior clans of Rajputs gained power in northern India and carved out kingdoms. They gave divinity to their dynasties by claiming either the Sun or the Moon as their original ancestors, despite not belonging to the higher castes. Thus, Chandela was the Chandravanshi of Chandra Dev Chandra’s family and the story of the shadowy beginning of the dynasty also echoes many other Rajput legends.

Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh
Eight Hand Ganesha – Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh

 

 

It is said that the beautiful daughter of a Brahmin priest named Hemvati was bathing in a Chandni Kund where she was seen by Chandra. The two fell in love and the child of this strange union was Chandravarman, the founder of the Chandela dynasty. Many years later Chandravarman saw his mother in a dream and requested her to build a temple, thus beginning the Chandela tradition of religious architecture that was carried on by his descendants. The dynasty was interested in building and is credited with building several forts, palaces, and water bodies in the region such as Kalinjar and Ajaygarh.

Most of the temples of Khajuraho were built between 990-1050 AD. The Chandelas themselves were Shaivites, but the temples revere not only the entire pantheon of Hindu deities but also Jain sages.

If the temple sculptures are a true depiction of Ife in the kingdom, it was a time of prosperity and great flowering of the creative arts. Apart from innumerable figures of gods and goddesses, the walls are also covered with beautiful beauties, dancers, musicians, loving couples, parades, and festivals. This joyous celebration of life may have existed in the busy capital city but all that is left today are these temples. The rest is to be imagined among the mango trees and palm trees of the village.

 

 

 

 

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