Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho

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The largest Hindu temple in the area, Kandariya Mahadev Temple offers a revealing insight into the history of India. Built in the shape of a cave, resembling Himalayas where it’s believed that Lord Shiva resides, it represents a true artistic masterpiece. Visit the temple and attend some of the rituals from the medieval period which you can’t see anywhere else, such as regular prayers, and group meals that represent offering a sacrifice. Take some time and look closely at the carved statues, the architecture, and fine details. Take a tour guide in case you want to learn more about history and the customs of the temple and the locals. Using our world travel planner, Khajuraho attractions like Kandariya Mahadev Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    this was beyond imagination, beautiful temple, great art work, superb maintenance and lovely weather to support. one should visit them if you love history and art.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This was little far from the place I was saying but is worth visiting. If you have one full day, visit there for sure. Thanks for suggestion to Khajuraho yatik.  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    unbelievable architecture giving a glimpse of the fabulous past of Hindu dynasties. whole Hindu philosophy carved on stones, whole architecture narrated on temple walls. Spent 3 hours just ruining aro...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Unbelievable architecture.. fantastic maintainace as well...awesome feelings
  • June 2, 2017
    Very nice place.. I am dmlt secondry student goragaon haryana india.
  • April 30, 2017
    Wow, what an architecture. Paradise for artists and architects.
  • December 5, 2016
    One of the world's heritage situated in my own state, depicting the forms of Indian love making. Historical place must visit but take a guide for visiting the temples.
  • January 1, 2017
    The most important and huge lovely Temple with many wall decorations in tact without much damage This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva this is a landmark and icon figure of Khajuraho. A typical torn or welcome arch in Jain style at the very entrance of sbhamandap wide range of decorated idols and designs with erotic positions of couples

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Where to stay in Khajuraho

The worldwide fame of the Khajuraho temples has given rise to a vibrant tourist industry; consequently, this relatively small town offers a range of accommodation facilities. Most hotels concentrate along the airport road and main temple road, varying from luxury international chains to low budget lodgings. Five-star deluxe outlets with spas, pools, landscape gardens, and views of temples tend to lie closer to the airport, while economy accommodations surround the eastern group of temples and follow the Khudar River. Some family-friendly, affordable establishments have good views of the temples, and a few of the mid-range hotels feature lovely rooftop restaurants.
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