Khajuraho is the legacy of the Chandella dynasty and is also declared as the world heritage site for its archaeological and historical monuments by the UNESCO.With its wonderful carved stone temples Khajuraho is also known as the temple city of Central India.Khajuraho in Bundelkhand district of Madhya Pradesh is famous for both its imperial and jain temples. The name Khajuraho for this temple town was derived from the hindi word ‘khajur’ meaning date palm. Every day this temple attracts thousands of tourists mainly to admire the immortal saga of Hindu art, erotic sculpture and culture. It took nearly hundred years to build this temple town from a period of 950 to 1050 AD. Though there were 85 beautiful temples initially and now only 22 temples have survived the ravages of time. But however Khajuraho still remains the epitome of the temple architectural style and aesthetic sensibility.
HISTORY : The Chandellas,the descendants of the moon-god the ambitious builders and great connoisseur of arts,embelished their cities and towns with palaces, pools and temples, but the complex of sunshine’s at Khjauraho represents the climax of the art of Hindu temple architecture during the medieval times. These temples were built during the 9th and 10th century AD. King Yasovarman began the era of temple construction here that was going on to become one of the country’s major tourist attractions. There is a legend behind the Khajuraho temples which says that the Moon God seduced and ravaged a beautiful Brahmin girl named Hemvati.Soon she gave birth to Chandravarman who was the founder of the Chandela dynasty. As Chandravarman grew up his mother came in his dream and requested him to make a temple revealing all aspects of the treasure of passion and erotic fantasy to the world. The murals and motifs depicts scenes from hunting, feasting, dancing with special stress on the sensual and the erotic.