Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine.
The magnificent, 10th-12th century Hindu temples of Khajuraho -- with their soaring towers and engaging sculptures -- represent the pinnacle of the North India temple style. This Approach Guide is designed to provide of a detailed review of the art and architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Before diving into a discussion of Khajuraho specifically, this guide provides a background on Hindu architecture, including its history and defining characteristics. To complete the overview, it then provides a detailed discussion of the North India Hindu temple style and contrasts it with the South India Hindu temple style.
After laying out a brief history of the site, this Approach Guide begins with a review of Khajuraho’s architecture, highlighting the architectural advancements that were undertaken to make its Hindu temples the culmination of the North India temple style.
But the erotic sculptures that adorn these temples are perhaps even more famous than the temples themselves. Accordingly, this guide continues with a broad discussion of Khajuraho’s sculptural legacy and delves into the unique character of Khajuraho’s sculptures, with a special focus on the religious philosophy of Tantra that inspired these masterful works.
The guide concludes with detailed profiles of the highlight temples in Khajuraho’s Western Group: Lakshmana Temple, Vishvanatha Temple, Devi Jagadambi Temple, Chitragupta Temple, and Kandariya Mahadeva Temple; and one temple from the Southern Group, Chaturbhuj Temple.
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