The stunning artistic creations in Khajuraho temples have amazed all. Different from other artistic creations, the temples of Khajuraho have gained international fame. There are erotic carvings in these temples. Originally there were 85 temples, most of which were destroyed by the Britishers. Today, only 22 are in good condition.

Creativity knows no limits and this is exemplified by the sculptural art of Khajuraho temples. The art at Khajuraho is the living testament to the freedom of expression in ancient India. The artists in ancient India were patronized and there prevailed an atmosphere that nurtured creativity.

The temples at Khajuraho are divided into three major groups: Western Group, Eastern Group, and Southern Group. Chandela rulers who adorned these temples with various features built these temples. There are stone figures of Apsaras (celestial maidens) on each of the 22 existing temples. There are figures of couples locked in amorous style, various sexual postures.

Some say that the erotic carvings on Khajuraho temple complex were created to prevent the rain god from accidentally striking the holy place with lightning. Being a voyeur, he would not have destroyed such source of pleasure. Others say that carvings served as sort of guide for Brahmin boys who grew up in segregated schools. Various theories have been put forward that try to explain the reason for such a creation.

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How to reach Khajuraho

Khajuraho is located in northeast Madhya Pradesh, and is well connected because of its tourist status. The nearest railheads are Jhansi (172 km), Satna (117 km) that are linked to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai. From Jhansi and Satna you can take a bus or a taxi to Khajuraho. Besides Jhansi and Satna regular buses also ply from Harpalpur, and Mahoba. There are daily flights to Khajuraho from Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.

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