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Located in the Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh at a distance of 385 miles from Delhi is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations next to the Taj Mahal. Derived from the Hindi word 'khajur' meaning date palm, the quaint little temple town of Khajuraho is famous through out the world for its medieval Hindu temples and more so for its erotic sculpture. Built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050 AD, the Khajuraho temples represent the expression of a highly matured civilization and are the country's unique gift of love to the world.

The Khajuraho temples were built during the reign of the Chandelas who trace their origin to the mythical sage Chandratreya born of the moon. According to the different versions of the origin of the city, Khajuraho owes its existence to an enchanting maiden named Hemvati. The legend that describes the origin of the great dynasty of Khajuraho is a fascinating one: Hemavati, was a beautiful young daughter of a Brahmin priest and was a child widow. One day while bathing in the river Rati she was seduced by the moon god who was mesmerized by her beauty. The Moon god, awestruck by her beauty descended to the earth in the form of a human and ravished her. A son was born of this union between a human and a god. He was named Chandravarman by his mother. As she was a widow who had given birth to a child she feared being harassed by society. To save herself and her child she took refuge in the dense forest of Central India. Here she trained her son both as a mother and a mentor or guru. The boy grew up to become a brave king who went on to establish the great Chandela dynasty. When he was established as a ruler, he had a dream-where his mother implored him to build temples that would reveal human passions and thus would bring hidden human desires into open. Soon Chandravarman began the construction of the first of the temples, which saw the successive rulers adding to the fast growing shrine complex.

The temples of Khajuraho are a fine example of religion laced with erotica and the visitor to Khajuraho cannot but be attracted to the vivid erotic sculptures on the temples walls. Though highly sensual and erotic, the engravings on these temples have a symbolic importance and there have been many interpretations of their existence. One theory connects them with Indian sects who invest sex with a ritual symbolism and considered Yoga (spiritual exercise) and bhoga (physical pleasure) as two different paths leading to the same goal, that is moksha, self-deliverance. According to these sects, in the enjoyment of sex one can transcend into a samadhi thereby attaining nirvana (salvation). While another thoery view them as representing tantric rituals. Tantricism and the Shakti cult, where the pancha makaras (five tenets), namely, matsya (fish), madira (wine), maithuna (sexual activity), mamsa (meat), and mudra (gesture) were to release the human spirit from the bondage of the flesh, have been described as the possible explanations for the sensuality of Khajuraho sculpture. These sculptures, they say, serve as a test for the devotees self control in order to achieve the goal that is to reach the deity placed in the sanctum. In other words it means that if a person wants to achieve God, he has to forget all this at the outset.

How to reach Khajuraho: Though virtually in the middle of nowhere, Khajuraho is well connected to all major cities of the country. By Air: Khajuraho is located 5 km/3 Miles from the airport and has daily domestic flights to and from Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Kathmandu.

By Rail: The nearest railheads are Mahoba (64 km) and Harpalpur (100 Km/62 mile). Jhansi (175 Km/108 mile) and Satna (120 Km/75 mile) are convenient railheads for visitors from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Agra and Varanasi. The Super fast Shatabdi Express train from Delhi to Jhansi takes four hours approximately.

By Road: Khajuraho is connected by regular bus services with Mahoba, Panna, Harpalpur, Satna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Jabalpur, Indore and Bhopal.
Road Distances: Khajuraho-Agra: 395 Km /245 miles

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