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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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  • One of the big temple found in Central India. What an architectural marvel built some 1000 years ago. It is a photographers delight. Don't miss light and sound and dance show in the evening.  more »
  • This is the temple near to western group. Its a UNESCO heritage site & have a big shiv lingam. We visited there on shivratri. It was beautifully decorated & we get the chance to see shiv barat & other...  more »
  • This is biggest or largest temple of northern group of temples. This temples are also having sharp beautiful carving through out. Good Place  more »
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  • The kandariya mahadeva temple is largest and most ornate hindu temple and considered one of the best example s of Temple s at khajuraho in madhya pradesh. The temple largest of the western group of Temple s and main sikha ra rises 31 metres
  • The grand Kandariya Mahadev sits ike a Maharaja amongs the Western Group of temples. Must go, must see, must soak in.
  • The symbol of Indian temple architecture! Typical example of Nagara Temple (North Indian Temple) architecture. Deliciously decorated temple with countless sculptures! Many of them are teach the Kama sutra lessons.
  • 10th century temple depicting everyday life including kamasutra
  • This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. In Kajuraho there is series of temples and this is one of them. You'll appreciate the architecture of all the temple.