Monday, August 30, 2010

Western Group of Temples, Khajuraho

The Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho (State: Madhya Pradesh) are one of the most magnificent and architecturally marvelous temples of India. This is the largest of the three groups of temples in Khajuraho. Out of the 22 surviving temples 12 of them belong to this group. 

Built in the 11th century by Chandela rulers, each of these temple stands on a raised platform, above which rises the main structure.

Some of the important temples are:

The tour of these temples can be done either by hiring an audio headset from the ticket counter or with the help of a guide. We shall attempt to cover these temples in some detail in the subsequent posts.


60 comments:

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful Temples!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wonderful mosaic of the temples.

Bernie said...

More great photos ... whilst I don't always leave a comment, I've been so enjoying all your mosaics. These temples are just magnificent ... and it's great to be able to see something I wouldn't normally ever get to see!

Snap said...

Such magnificent places with the amazing sculpture. How long it must have taken!!!!!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

They look quite old. It is wonderful that they are kept for people to enjoy.

George said...

These temples are magnificent. I look forward to seeing more of each of them.

Traci said...

Stunning architecture and photos!

V Rakesh said...

Interesting collage and detail, as always!

kavita said...

Nice post.Would love to know more about these temples in your coming posts.

Bobbi said...

Hi, gosh I love your blog every week! Such beautiful and interesting things and places. Have a lovely new week!
hugs...
Bobbi

Lana G! said...

Great Shots!

Aaarti said...

Beautiful.. Been dreaming of visiting these places..lets see if i get em done this yr!

Thanks for sharing!! and introducing me to MosaicMondays!!

Pietro said...

Amazing temples, so fascinating!
Beautiful collage!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ciao Raj :)
questi monumenti storici sono veramente pazzeschi !!!
Sarebbe molto bello poterli visitare... ma credo per conoscerli bene, non basterebbe forse una vita !
Buona giornata :)

P.N. Subramanian said...

Beautiful introduction to Khajuraho. Shall wait for the next posts.

Zuzana said...

Incredibly beautiful structures. It must be an experience to see them in real life.;)
xo

joo said...

All of them are amazing!The top left is my avourite.

biologion said...

wow! very impressive temples!

Mary said...

Oh what antiquity and beauty - they are stunning! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

EG Wow said...

How neat to see six temples all at once in a mosaic!

Jacob said...

Quite magnificent! I like the raised platforms. Some of them appear to be quite open to the outside. Can't imagine 1,000 years old!

Life Ramblings said...

great series of pics. love the architectural designs of the temples.

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful temple all of them. So big too.
Wish you a great week:-)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Please view your photo in my last post! Kind regards.

Xavi said...

Visions of incredible India!!!
Really Great!!
With all best Wishes!!!

Robin said...

11th century. If only they could talk...

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Sylvia K said...

Incredible architecture, gorgeous temples and as always, your photos are superb! I look forward to learning more about them! Have a great week!

Sylvia

aka Penelope said...

Of course they are more magnificent and incredibly more meaningful … but from a distance, the temples have a sandy peeked look that remind me of the sandcastles we make in the southwest beaches of BC. While sandcastles wash away these temples remain as glorious reminders of the past. :)

ewok1993 said...

the mosaic you created is truly fascinating. must be million of years combined of history right there.

Carver said...

I can't get over how many beautiful ancient temples have survived in your part of the world. They are so unique and artistic.

Kay L. Davies said...

Amazing temples, Rajesh. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Kay
Alberta, Canada

Ratty said...

More beautiful architecture. Some of the most wonderful old buildings are in your part of the world.

SACHIRA said...

Impressive works of architecture!

Barb said...

Hi Rajesh,
I like that little gazebo-like temple structure on the far right top of the mosaic. I wonder if that's a garden structure or a place of worship? The others are so magnificent - it must have taken years and years to complete them. I like your Header.

Regina said...

Incredibly and beautiful structures.

Have a great week.

Indrani said...

They look great! Hope I will be able to see them some day.

magiceye said...

exquisite!

Babli said...

Very beautiful and magnificent temples. Absolutely great.

alicesg said...

Nice to showcase the different group of temples. They all have very beautiful architectural designs.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Ann said...

have you ever counted how many temples there are, and how many are protected buildings?

Joe Todd said...

A lot of history there

Hilary said...

How amazing it must be to see these beautiful structures with your own eyes. Thanks for sharing them.

jabblog said...

I wonder just how many temples there are in India. All of them are architectural beauties.

noel said...

aloha,

very impressive for the 11th century, look forward to the details.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Will copy this list when I venture there!!!
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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Your world certainly is filled with temples.

Mama Zen said...

These are incredible!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wlll look forward to the tour!

ladyfi said...

Each one is a work of art.

Shey said...

I'm sure these magnificent temples took time to build not only for its size but also because of its intricate details. :0

Tammie Lee said...

amazing how you endlessly find creative structures! One day I might have to use at least one in my art.

roughterrain crane said...

Beautiful Hindu temples!

Eden said...

Wow, these are amazingly beautiful. Great photos.

Arti said...

Wonderful shots...
The Mosaic looks very beautiful!

Jeevan said...

All the best to continue this series.

Gypsy Lala said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful temples in your country.
Capture life as I see it

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all such wonderful words. I shall try to explore these temples in some detail.

S.R.Ayyangar said...

Its almost 35 years back I had visited Khajuraho and your post has made me nostalgic

Pratibha The Talent said...

beautiful mosaic.