khajuraho

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In the realm of architecture, Khajuraho holds a unique position.  The temples here were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty, which claims descent from the Moon God and a mortal, Hemavati, with whom the god fell in love. The Chandelas built 85 temples and some 22 survive today.  Architecturally the temples have some unique features.



They stand on high platforms and do not have customary enclosures.  Each temple has a large number of spires in ascending order representing man's aspirations towards spiritual goals. Although famous for erotic depictions, these form only a small part of the wealth of the site.  Taken in totality, the sculptures of Khajuraho depict the everyday life of the people and the court in the 10th and 11th centuries.  Khajuraho is not something that can be described in words; it has to be experienced.