Except the Chausath-Yogini, Brahma and Lalguan-Mahadeva temples, which are constructed either wholly or largely of granite, all temples of Khajuraho are built of a fine grained variety of sandstone, of varying shades of buff, pink or pale yellow, brought from the quarries of Panna.
With the exception of the temples mentioned above and the Varaha and Matangesvara, all temples pertained to a cognate style and are manifestations of a distinctive and concerted architectural movement. The temples variously belong to the Shaiva, Vaishnav and Jain sects, but inspite of divergent sectarian affiliation, the dominant architectural and sculptural schemes are uniformily homogeneous.
The Khajuraho temples mark the culmination of the central Indian building-style and reveal certain distinctive peculiarities of plan and elevation. They are compact lofty temples without any enclosure-wall and are erected on a high platform-terrace (Jagati), which elevates the structure from its environs and provides an open prominade and ambulatory round the temple.
The essential elements of the plan, viz. ardha-mandapa (entrance-porch), mandapa (hall), antarala (vestibule) and garbha-griha (sanctum) are present in all temples.
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