Graceful Khajuraho
KHAJURAHO A celebration of love and life
Graceful Khajuraho
24.8318° N, 79.9199° E

Graceful Khajuraho

  • Date Palm Khajur has Given Khajurajo its Name

    THE COMMON DATE PALM - KHAJURA - HAS GIVEN KHAJURAHO ITS NAME

  • Famous Erotic Sculptures

    THE FAMOUS EROTIC SCULPTURES OF KHAJURAHO ACCOUNT FOR ONLY 10% OF ALL SCULPTURES

  • Jain & Hindu Temples in Khajuraho

    THE KHAJURAHO TEMPLES BELONG TO THE HINDU AS WELL AS THE JAIN RELIGION

  • Temples Survived Destruction

    OF THE ORIGINAL 85 TEMPLES, ONLY 20 HAVE SURVIVED DESTRUCTION AND RAVAGES OF TIME

  • Khajuraho Temples Rediscovered

    KHAJURAHO TEMPLES WERE REDISCOVERED IN THE 1850s AFTER BEING NEGLECTED FOR CENTURIES

THE STORY
BEHIND THE NAME

The Story Behind the Name Khajuraho

KHAJURAHO:
LOST AND FOUND

Khajuraho: Lost & Found City

Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for its ancient temples that depict some of the finest art in the world.

Built between 950-1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty, these temples depict various forms like meditation, spiritual teachings, kinship, wrestling, royalty and most significantly, erotic art. The temples consist of stunning displays of fine sculptures and exceptional architectural skill, making them one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Based on their geographical location, the temples are categorised into three groups: Eastern, Western and Southern. Beautiful, intricate and expressive, the sculptures of the Khajuraho temples will leave you in awe and wonder.

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How to get here?

Reaching by Air

Reaching Khajuraho by Air

Khajuraho Civil Aerodrome is located about 2 km from the town centre and is well connected to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Varanasi and Indore. Taxis are available from the airport to reach the city centre.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Khajuraho by Rail

You can get to Khajuraho in a train by getting off at the Khajuraho Railway Station, which is around 5 km from the main town centre. The station is well connected to Delhi and Varanasi and (via Satna Railway Station) to Mumbai and Kolkata.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Khajuraho by Road

Khajuraho is connected by road to cities like Jhansi, Orchha, Bandhavgarh and Chattarpur. You can hire a taxi from any of these places to get to the city.

The story behind the name

Date & Palm  Trees in Khajuraho

Date palm tree

According to local legends, there is an interesting story of how and why the temples are called ‘Khajuraho’. The Chandela rulers, who began constructing the temples, got the entire area enclosed by a wall. The wall had about eight gates which were primarily used for entry or exit. It is said that each gate was flanked on either side by date and palm trees. The name was derived from these very trees and the temples were called "Khajura-vahika". In the Hindi language, ‘Khajura’ means ‘Date Palm’ and ‘Vahika’ means ‘Bearing’. The Date Palm tree is found in abundance in this region.

Khajuraho: Lost and found

Khajuraho Temples - Beauty Hidden for Centuries

Beauty hidden for centuries

The Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandelas while they ruled the region. Over the centuries, the Chandela Empire began to wane and as a result, these magnificent structures lay neglected. Even worse, they were very vulnerable to the dangers of subsequent invaders and rulers from the 13th to the 18th centuries that destroyed many of the temples. Only 20 of the original 85 stand today. Due to their remote location and isolation, some temples were spared. These were covered by the overgrowth of vegetation and forests over the centuries. It was only in the last century that these were rediscovered and later restored and preserved.

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