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Kandariya Mahadev Temple

Kandariya Mahadev Temple

The Kandariyâ Mahâdeva Temple is the largest and most celebrated temple of Khajuraho. The revered temple belongs to the medieval group of temples, found at Khajuraho and forms the part of the central state of India, Madhya Pradesh. The temple is one of the finest examples of the preserved temples of the middle age.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has also been named after one of the form of Lord Shiva, the Kandarpi, which today is known as Kandariya. The elegant magnitude of the structure with its sculptural element, the temple is categorized as one of the refined examples of artistic heritage in the central part of India.

The Kandariya Mahadeva temple is the largest in the Western group of temples, which was established by Vidyadhara, one of the greatest kings of Chandela. The temple was constructed in 1050 on the basis of Hindu beliefs, which dates back to 1000 BC.

Kandariya Mahadev shares its stage with the small Mahadev memorial and a standard-sized shrine of Devi Jagdambi, which helps in draw attention to the altitude and grandeur of the memorial. The temple has its length of about 30 m and width of 20 m; and has an elevation of about 35.3 m.

The main spire, more commonly known as sikhara elevates to a height of about 31 m to depict Mount Kailash, the Himalayan Mountain which is considered as the abode of Lord Shiva. The mountain is surrounded by 84 miniature spires and in the chamber, there is a marble linga representing Shiva. The temple is protected and maintained by the Archeological Survey of India and i9s a part of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

There are around 646 statues, which are placed at the sides of the temple as decorative pieces. The erotic figurines are lined up in the exterior of the temple on its walls are displayed in an elaborate form giving the stances of love making, showing the perfect union of the entwined bodies

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