(Khajuraho International Film Festival)

Khajuraho Temple

Known for its magnificent temples and intricate 0scultures, Khajuraho is an ancient city located in the Chhattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Built in the medieval century by Chandela Dynasty, Khajuraho is renowned for its Nagara-Style architecture and beautiful sculptures of nayikas and deities. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

Most of the temples at Khajuraho were built using sandstone but four also used granite in their construction. The majority of temples at Khajuraho were constructed between 950 and 1050 CE and are either Hindu or Jains, suggesting a tradition of acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among the schools of Hinduism and Jainism. The most famous is the Kandariya Mahadeo built in the early 11th century CE and dedicated to Shiva. It is said that the Hindu temples were representative of the Himalayas and the ‘World Mountain’.
The temples are famous for their craftsmanship which consists of splendid demonstrations of fine sculptures and exceptional architectural skill, making them one of the most stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.

The composition and finesse achieved by the master craftsmen at that time give the stone surfaces of the Khajuraho temples a rare vibrancy and sensitivity to the warmth of human emotions.