Khajuraho : The Monuments - Part X

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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The Eastern Group

The eastern group of monuments, situated in close proximity to the Khajuraho village , includes three more Brahmanical temples known as the Brahma, Vamana and Javari , and three Jaina temples , the Ghantai, Adinatha and Parsvanatha. The Brahmanical temples are located along or near the Khajuraho sagar, while the Jaina temples are situated farther south and are conveniently approached by a metalled road.

Brahma temple
This temple with a simple plan and design and with sikhara made of sandstone and the body of granite, occupies a fine position on the bank of the Khajuraho-sagar or Ninora-tal. It is miscalled Brahma on account of a four-faced linga now enshrined in the sanctum, but must have originally been dedicated to Vishnu as shown by his figure carved centrally on the sanctum-doorway.

It is a modest structure, comprising a sanctum and a porch, the latter now completely lost and the former rooted by a pyramidal sikhara of receding tiers of pidhas, crowned by a prominent bell-member. The sanctum is cruciform externally with projection on each side, and square internally, resting on twelve plain pilasters of granite. The projection on the east contains the entrance and that on the west is pierced with a smaller doorway, while the lateral projections on the remaining two sides contain plain latticed windows.

Except for the boldly modeled figures of the Brahmanical Trinity on the lintel and of Ganga and Yamuna at the base, its doorway is plain. Its jangha (wall) divided into two registers and standing on simple difference in details, this temple belongs to the same conception and early structural phase as the Lalguan-Mahadeva , with which it shares a common plan, design, ornaments and building material. It is consequently assignable to circa 900.

Statue of Hanuman
A colossal statue of Hanuman, the monkey-god , is housed in a modern shrine situated about half-way between the western group of temples and the Khajuraho village. It is interesting mainly on account of a short dedicatory inscription on its pedestal, dated 316 of possibly the Harsha era (A.D 922), being the oldest dated inscription at the place.


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