Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho

The Lakshmana Temple is one of the oldest temple in Khajuraho (State: Madhya Pradesh). Belonging to Western Group of Temples it is the largest and beautifully carved temple at Khajuraho. It is built by King Yaovarman of Chandela dynasty between 930 and 950 A.D.

The main shrine of the temple has four subsidiary shrines at the corners of the temple platform.
The temple has columned halls with balconies, an entrance porch, and the inner sanctum.

In the inner sanctum is the sacred image of Vaikuntha-Vishnu brought from Tibet.

Decorating the sides of the temple are numerous statues. It is exquisitely decorated, almost completely with images of over 600 gods in the Hindu Pantheon. Most of the sculptures have economy of drapery but are effusively patterned with ornaments and flower motifs.

The various carvings and sculptures at this temple.

On the base of the platform are beautifully carved carvings. One such band of carving is King sitting on the throne in the Royal Hall with his ministers. In front of the King dance and music is played.

56 comments:

Cloudia said...

Thank you for showing!




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George said...

This is a very impressive building -- absolutely beautiful. I really like the carved figures around the temple. Thanks for sharing this with us.

V Rakesh said...

Very impressive!

Zuzana said...

India must be some incredible country, every week you have something stunning to show us. And every week it is something new...
xoxo

joo said...

As usually I'm impressed by the beauty of this place!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Awesome!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Impressive, beautiful and much interesting monuments full of a rich history and culture. I enjoiy being here in your blog! Namaste!

Jeevan said...

awe... these are worth architectures took place the history! I wonder what are hard work the designers would gone through to create historic monuments.

Tammie Lee said...

it really does look ancient, if those walls could talk, the stories would be something to hear.

clairz said...

Those statues are amazing! Thank you for this informative post.

Sylvia K said...

Incredible temple and the perfect skies for a back drop! The carvings are incredible, Rajesh, and you always manage to show the very best! Hope you and your family have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Pearl Maple said...

great photos and amazing to think in terms of dates like 900AD, just wow

have a good weekend

Leslie said...

Amazing architecture.

Laura said...

thank you once again Rajesh for taking us with you to beautiful, ancient, sacred sites, we might other wise never see!

ewok1993 said...

just thinking of the time to put those incredible detailing boggles the mind.

Steffi said...

Very beautiful photos and interesting post.Have a great weekend!

Kay L. Davies said...

Amazing statues and carvings, Rajesh. It seems to me the temple is being repaired (top photo) or cleaned, is that right?

Kay
Alberta, Canada

Eaglesbrother said...

Awesome Temples as usual...was wondering..with over 600 Gods..just how many temples are there to visit?

Dharma Shots said...

Your buildings out there are magnificently structured.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots!

My Skywatch, have a nice weekend!

eden said...

Wow, magnificent! Great photos. Thank you for sharing.

Carver said...

The temple is amazing. The carvings at the base almost look like they've come to life.

SandyCarlson said...

The intricacy of the details of these places boggles my mind. Thanks for the pix.

Colin Campbell said...

You have an interesting country. Good luck with the games.

magiceye said...

loved the last pic the best

Snow Leopard said...

I have seen these. The temples are magnificent

YOSEE said...

Awesome carvings. Wonder when i'll get the opportunity to see these treasures.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful carvings and temples. Wonderful photos. Happy skywatching!

alicesg said...

These ancients carvings in the temple are amazing. Am sure they tell some stories.

Life Ramblings said...

your pictures are stunning. i enjoy these very much.

Lakshmi said...

beautiful..

Mridula said...

Lovely set of pictures.

Indrani said...

Lovely shots.

Lew said...

Amazing work of architecture! Thnaks for the tour.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

wonderful structures as always in y0ur w0rld. my skywatch friday

Anna said...

I am always so so amazed about the workmanship, and the size of the structures. Great art, that will last centuries. Thanks for sharing, and hope all is well with you, and family. Anna :)

ladyfi said...

Magnificent building! And such lovely carvings. Think of all the hard work and expertise...

Pietro said...

Really a magnificent temple! The carvings in the last image are amazing!
Happy weekend

indicaspecies said...

It's a magnificent temple!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

TY for the tour of your mighty treasures. Love the history of India.

Happy SS...
/chie

Dave said...

spectacular architecture.

anka said...

Wow, the work on that building is so intricate, so much detail. Love the detail shots!

jabblog said...

Lots of lovely shadows in these photos :-)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Spectacular and so detailed.

Laura said...

so many interesting shadows in these temples.

Linda said...

So intricate. Beautiful.

Viola said...

A beautiful temple for the skywatch! And I can see the blue sky! :)

Al said...

That may be the most intricate and exquisitely decorated temple you've posted yet. Very impressive, and your photos of it are fantastic.

Arasu said...

Wonderful place to visit and appreciate! Ornamental works looks beautiful.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful temple. Looks like you need good walking shoes to climb all the stairs.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating beautiful architecture of this temple.

Mary said...

I always love coming here to see the architectural and natural beauty of India. The carving on that temple is gorgeous! thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Pratibha The Talent said...

spectacular!

Arti said...

So very beautiful... The architecture is so intricate and fine, you have captured it so well!

Mohinee said...

Wonderful! Thank you sir for sharing with us!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating beautiful architecture of this temple.