History Of Khajuraho
Among the vast number of temple architecture of India, the Khajuraho complex
remains unique. One thousand years ago, this astonishing complex was built
under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of
Central India. Total, 85 temples were built which possessed magnificent form
and were richly carved. The amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD -
1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of
creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of
The Khajuraho Temples are a perfect example of the excellence of Indo-Aryan
architecture and reflect the joyous celebration of all aspects of life. The
temple complex is divided into three groups, The Western group of Temples,
Eastern group of temples and the Southern group of temples. These groups
include all the prominent monuments built by the Chandela rulers.
The finest and most common sculptures at Khajuraho were those of youthful
celestial dancers, engraved with beautiful gems and garments. Some of the
finest sculptures possessed specific themes such as domestic scenes, teacher
and disciples, dancers and musicians and couples or groups.
This is a 7 day festival celebrated with fervor and joy, during the
pleasant Hindu spring month of Phalguna, corresponding with the months of
February/March. The celebration involves Indian classical dance and music
and is included in one of India's premier dance events. The Khajuraho
Festival of Dance is a showcase for all forms of classical dance.