Khajuraho a small town in Madhya Pradesh State once use to be the cultural capital of Chandela Rajputs of Central India from the 10 to 12 centenary , the world famous temples also the UNESCO World Heritage Site, were built during 950 AD to 1150 AD by the Chandela artisans .
There is a airport in Khajuraho one can reach here by Air from Delhi and Varanasi , There is a overnight train from Delhi , One can also reach here by taking trains from Delhi , Agra, Bhopal , Mumbai, Nagpur, Bangalore , Hyderabad , Trivandrum to Jhansi and then a three hours road journey to Khajuraho on way one can visit the Orcha famous for Ram Raja Temple and wall and roof paintings at Orcha Fort .
Originally 85 such temples were built spread over in a 20 sq. km area but now only 25 temples are in good shape , after the decline of Chandelas the local villagers maintained the temples , with time the dense forest cover and weather took the toll and outside world even forgot these temples , in 19 Centenary these temples came in the notice of British Officers but it came on a world tourist map with the efforts of Mr. Shyam Sunder Poddar who visited this place and his fore sight saw the importance of this place , he built a hotel which started receiving guests in 1969 and then Indian Airlines started the first flight from 15 Feb 1969 , his son Mr. Kanti Poddar trained the local people how to deal with the Foreigners , today Khajuraho is a the most visited site after the Taj Mahal in India .
People wonder how and what was the purpose these temples were built , the legend is , the Hem Raj the Raj Purohit ( Royal Priest) of King of Benaras had a beautiful daughter name Hemvati , once she was bathing in the river at a full moon night when The Moon fell in love with her and came down Hemvati got embraced by Moon and got pregnant , she asked the Moon that how she will face the world as she was not married , The Moon told her that she will have a brave son and she should leave this place and move to Khajuravatika the Garden of Dates , son who was named Chandravarma
The boy was talented , brave and sharp , at the age of 16 he killed his first Tiger. He was made the king and his progeny, called Chandel’s . They are regarded to be Chandravanshi i.e., the descendants of Soma (Sanskrit literal meaning: moon).
After some time Mohoba and then Kalinjar became the Political capital and Khajuraho remained as cultural capital .
The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950AD to 1150AD . Khajuraho has no forts because the Chandel Kings never lived in their cultural capital.
The erotic sculptures were crafted by Chandela artisans. Today, the temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of sexual life during medieval times.
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