Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh- 471606, India
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 300 INR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
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About Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho

The Kandariya Temple is the highest in the complex of the Khajuraho Temples in the district of Chhattarpur. It was designed and built by the Chandela King Vidyadhara in the early 11th century. It was after Gazni Mahmud had invaded this region and kind of destroyed it.

This sophisticated and splendid temple is built in a western style. The Khajuraho Temple is at a distance above the primary entrance which has to be reached by climbing quite a few stairs. The main attraction in the entrance area is a sacred makara torana that is simply eye-catching.

The interior of the temple has intricately designed hallways, while the main hall has the prime deity of Lord Siva in the form of a linga. There is a lovely painting of a four-footed incarnation of Lord Shiva called Chatuspada. This form is the exclusive Sadashiva. The four legs here represent four different areas of the Shaivites. This form of Sadashiva has some obvious and some unobvious elements. It is considered as the strongest form of the Lord.

The other statues here are all exclusive forms of Lord Shiva such as Andhaka, the subduer of the evil, the dancing avatar or Natesha and the Tripurantaka or the devastator of the three giant evils. Research says that there are as many as 226 statues in the inside and 646 statues on the outside of the temple. These include beautiful female figurines, reptile angels and various forms of Lord Shiva.

The base part of this temple has seven deities of Mother Goddesses and also that of Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva as Vir Bhadra. The seven matrikas here are Aindri, Varahi, Vaishnavi, Kaumari, Maheshwari, Brahmani, Virbhadraa and Chamunda.

This very popular tourist attraction is protected by the Archeological Survey of India and is a World Heritage Site, protected by the UNESCO.

Kandariya Mahadev Temple Information

  • Do not miss out on the light and sound show. The voice over has been done by the famous Amitabh Bachhan in his deep voice. This transfers you to the ancient Chandela Era and is very educational also.
  • The best time to visit is from October to March and avoid the extreme summers and then the monsoons.
  • Photography is freely allowed inside.
  • The annual dance shows are held during the last week of February every year.

Kandariya Mahadev Temple Ticket Prices

Ticket prices of the light & sound show are:

  • Rs. 75 for adults and Rs. 25 for children (Indians).
  • Rs. 300 for adults and Rs. 150 for children (Foreigners).

Kandariya Mahadev Temple Opening and Closing Hours

Light & Sound show timings are:

  • English: 6:00PM
  • Hindi: 7:40 PM

How To reach Kandariya Mahadev Temple by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Town Airport.
  • The nearest railway station is the Mahoba Junction.

Restaurants Near Kandariya Mahadev Temple

  • Swiss Restaurant
  • Spice Garden Restaurant
  • Zaffron 1838
  • New Punjab
  • Safari Restaurant
  • Rakas
  • Italian Restaurant
  • Pramod Restaurant
  • Ganesh Restaurant
  • Aggarwal Restaurant
  • OKO
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  • Great Temple Restaurant
  • Panna

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  • The kandariya Mahadev temple meaning"the Great God of the Cave" is the largest and amazing ornate Hindu temple in Khajuraho India.A UNESCO world Heritage site. The Temple us renowned for its spectacular architecture.Itsthe largest and most beautiful temple in the whole complex Dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. The architecture of the Kandariya Mahadev Temple is quite unique.Must visit with family and friends.

  • The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple (Devanagari: कंदारिया महादेव मंदिर, Kaṇḍāriyā Mahādeva Mandir), meaning "the Great God of the Cave", is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple in the medieval temple group found at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is considered one of the best examples of temples preserved from the medieval period in India

  • Kaṇḍāriyā Mahādeva Mandir, meaning "the Great God of the Cave", is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple in the medieval temple group found at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is considered one of the best examples of temples preserved from the medieval period in India.

  • Greatest creativity, nowadays no one even think or build such things.

  • The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres (109 mi) southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. Historical records note that the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by the 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometers Of these, only about 25 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometers.[2] Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art. The Khajuraho group of temples were built together but were dedicated to two religions, Hinduism and Jainism, suggesting a tradition of acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains in the region.[

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