Thursday, September 2, 2010

Vamana Temple, Khajuraho

The Vamana Temple built between 950 - 1150 A.D belongs to the Eastern Group of Khajuraho Temples (State: Madhya Pradesh). This is one of the three Hindu Temples built by rulers of Chandel Dynasty in this group. (Click on the image for bigger view)

It measures 19.1 meters in length and 13.9 meters in breath. This is a medium size temple. It consists of a mandap and garbha graha.

Around the temple are two band of sculptures with almost 3000 sculptures. This is less than half when compared to larger temples in Western Group of temples. The sculptures layout is a blend of gods, their consorts, female figures and mythical creatures.

In the garbha graha there is a dwarf image of Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

63 comments:

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy Janmashtami.
Gorgeous temple with marvellous architecture. Very nice pictures with wonderful description.

Cloudia said...

Such glory!!!




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Anna said...

Stunning structure. Here in Canada a similar temple was build in my area. Beautiful work. Anna :)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Stunning pictures!

joo said...

The sculptures in your Temples always amaze me - they are so beautiful!
The first photo is classy!

Zuzana said...

Wow, that is a majestic structure! Love the detailed view of the sculptures. I bet one can just stand there the whole day admiring them.:)
xo

biologion said...

Magnificent sculptures in the second photo!

V Rakesh said...

Fabulous pictures , Sir. It never ceases to amaze me of how impressive, lasting and often imposing in good sense, historic Indian architecture truly is!

Jeevan said...

In a word its wonder! These structure reflect the heritage and need special attention to be save for our future generation, as we see many monuments and structures being identity of history are not withstand to the developments and disasters.

Jacob said...

What strikes me most is the plethora of different architectural styles among the temples. There doesn't seem to be one particular design that is common...right?

Arasu said...

Wonderful place to visit to see beautiful sculptures and worship. The number of sculptures is mind boggling.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific post as always, love the history, your photos are superb and I do love the temple against such a beautiful blue sky! Have a great weekend, Rajesh!

Sylvia

Brit Gal Sarah said...

What a stunning structure, great angles you captured.

Regina, Phil. said...

Work of genius. Great captures!
Happy SWF.

Steffi said...

Very interesting and beautiful photos like every week!It´s great to learn more about India!Have a nice weekend.

indicaspecies said...

Oh, each of these temples of Khajuraho are a masterpiece!

Xavi said...

Gorgeous capture as always! Beautiful India!! Have a wonderful weekend!

clairz said...

What an incredible temple, with such amazing turquoise skies overhead.

Kay L. Davies said...

The temple is so beautiful, Rajesh, it makes one forget to see the sky behind it.
Kay
Alberta, Canada

Pearl Maple said...

Great post full of interesting photos and detials, amazing to think of all the work that goes into these buildings.

joshi daniel said...

always a pleasure seeing all this :)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ciao Raj
non mi stanco mai di osservare le foto dei tuoi magnifici templi.
Immagino lo sforzo umano per costruirli.
Di costruzioni così, oggi non se ne fanno più.
Abbiamo perso un'antica arte.
Bellissima foto.
Buona serata.

Spiderdama said...

Beautiful temple with so many great details. Think you have a warming blue sky too:-)

ewok1993 said...

the detailing is very ornate.

Linda said...

More beautiful carvings, especially the figures.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

amazing sculptures....terrific....

Carver said...

Beautiful temple against the blue sky and an interesting post.

eden said...

Wow, impressive! Great shots.

Arija said...

Another wonderful temple with so much detail to see. Nice touch with the tiny people pointing to the carvings. Gives an idea of the over all size.

George said...

This temple may have half the sculptures of other temples, but the sculptures are still very impressive. Actually the entire building is magnificent.

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

so interesting ~ thank you for sharing

Colin Campbell said...

You have a hell of a lot of temples in India.

SandyCarlson said...

Incredible. So much beauty seems hardly able to contain itself.

Married To Singaporean said...

Temple looks great against such a beautiful blue sky.
Married to Singaporean

Al said...

Absolutely incredible. The attention to detail and the craftsmanship are amazing.

Vernz said...

another interesting spot in your place, great captures...

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Debbie Smith said...

The sculptures on this temple remind me of the cathedral in Strasburg France. It's amazing the details that are in this ancient buildings!

Have a fabulous day!

magiceye said...

marvelous!

J Bar said...

Beautiful.

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Beautiful SkyWatch photos

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Lakshmi said...

incredible,,everytime i see posts like these, I feel the urge to go and see this place

PN Subramanian said...

It seems that only as a visitor one has the inquisitiveness. I was in that area for quite some time and used to visit Khajuraho every month. May be because of official preoccupations I could not care much about the beautiful temples of the Chandela times. Excellent presentatation. If you savour Hindi, you may visit my Hindi blog which contains many such things:
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Hilda said...

The sculptures are absolutely amazing!

Life Ramblings said...

incredibly shots. the architectures are simply amazing.

Robin said...

Marvelous sculptures. I can't imagine the work that must have gone into them.

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Mama Zen said...

The sculptures are amazing!

Rossel said...

thanks for always sharing the beautiful spots in your place.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: I always enjoy all the work they put into the design of the temples.

Ann said...

such contrast, first the levels of statues, then going 1/2 way, they keep them clear.

Tes said...

Lovely temple. beautiful architecture, so many details! :) Would love to visit this place someday.

Sumandebray said...

very nice .....
Enough is never enough when it comes to Khajuraho

Kaori said...

What a pretty temple! The details are fantastic :D

JM said...

Wonderful carvings as always!

Kcalpesh said...

I'm proud to be living in the country with such great, artistic history!!

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i was out and did not post any sky...great post, dear
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i was out and did not post any sky...great post, dear
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Inverness Daily Photo said...

Quite majestic

Pooch Morning Glory said...

fabulous ! such detail...
~laura

shooting star said...

interesting and very informative!!...when i visit khajuraho, ill go thru all ur posts on it first!!!

Sonal said...

nice information with gr8 pics....

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YOSEE said...

Khajuraho temples have been in my bucket-list for long now ! A temple for Vamana is unusual.
The first picture looks magnificent.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating the beautiful architecture and sculptures of this temple.

Arti said...

What beautiful architecture, so intricate and fine...
wonderful!!