Khajuraho : The Monuments - Part II

Exact Match
  The Temples
  Chausath-yogini   temple

  Lalguan-   Mahadeva

  Matangeshvara   Temple

  Varaha temple

  Parvati Temple

  Lakshamana   Temple

  Vishvanath   Temple

  Nandi Shrine

  Chitragupta   Temple

  Jagadambi   Temple

  Kandariya   Mahadeva

  Brahma Temple

  Vamana Temple

  Ghantai Temple

  Duladeo Temple

  Chaturbhuja   Temple
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Varaha figure Varaha temple

The Varaha shrine, built on a lofty plinth, is essentially similar in design to the Lalguan-Mahadeva , but is simpler and more modest. It is an oblong pavilion with a pyramidal roof of receding tiers , resting on fourteen plain pillers, and enshrines a colossal monolithic image of Varaha incarnation of Vishnu in the animal form, which is exquisitely finished to a glossy luster and is carved all over with multiple figures of Brahmanical gods and goddesses.

The serpent Seshanag is pedestal which also preserves the feet of the broken figure of the earth goddess (Prithvi). Its flat ceiling is carved with an exquisite design of lotus flower in relief. The shrine is built entirely of sandstone. It is obviously later than the Brahma and Lalguan-Mahadeva temples, which belong to the phase of transition between granite and sandstone, and is assignable to circa.900-925.

Lalguan-Mahadeva temple

This temple, situated 803 m west of the Chausath-yogini , is built on the bank of an old lake, called Lalguan-sagar. It is a structure of modest size and design roofed by a dilapidated pyramidal superstructure of receding tiers of Pidhas. Its entrance-porch has completely disappeared and the doorway is plain but for a diamond carved on the door-sill.

As this temple shares the plan and design with the Brahama temple and like it belongs to the transitional phase when sandstone was introduced but granite had not ceased to be used, it is slightly later than the Chausath yogini and is datable to circa.900.


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