Khajuraho : The Monuments - Part IV

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  Lalguan-   Mahadeva

  Matangeshvara   Temple

  Varaha temple

  Parvati Temple

  Lakshamana   Temple

  Vishvanath   Temple

  Nandi Shrine

  Chitragupta   Temple

  Jagadambi   Temple

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  Brahma Temple

  Vamana Temple

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  Chaturbhuja   Temple
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Carved walls at the Lakshamana temple Lakshmana temple
This temple dedicated to Vaishnava worship is sandhara temple of the panchayatana (five-shrined) variety and is the earliest temple of Khajuraho with all the principal elements of the developed temple type, viz. entrance-porch, mandapa, maha-mandapa with transepts, vestibule and sanctum with an ambulatory and three transepts.

This is the only temple which preserves intact all the subsidiary shrines and the jagati (platform) with its mouldings and friezes, the latter showing a moving pageant of hunting and battle-scenes, processions of elephants , horses and soldiers and miscellaneous representations, including domestic and erotic scenes. It still displays the largest number of fine apsaras brackets , which form a notable features of the interior decoration of the Khajuraho temples.

The four subsidiary shrines are placed at the corners of the platform-terrace;a fifth one, facing the entrance, may have originally been dedicated to Garuda, but enshrines now an image of Brahmani , locally called Devi.
Sculpturally and architecturally, this temple has some remarkable features which place it at the beginning of the finer series of sandstone temples. Unlike other developed temples , its sanctum is only pancha-ratha (with five projections) on plan and its Sikhara is clustered with fewer minor sikharas. The chaitya-arches forming the lattice-ornament on its sikhara are bolder and more distinct and it facades are decorated with long pediments of chaitya-arches which are characteristic of early medieval temples.

The roofs of its entrance porch , mandapa and maha-mandapa each show a simple pyramidal superstructure of a straight contour crowned by a prominent bell-memner, which is shared only by the Brahma temple , belonging to the earlier group. Its basement-mouldings show a bold elephant frieze, and its jangha (wall) is decorated with two bands of graceful sculptures which are noted for their expression, reminiscent of the Gupta tradition.

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