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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 Tickets 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 Get To 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

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  • Rakas
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  • Pramod Restaurant
  • Ganesh Restaurant
  • Aggarwal Restaurant
  • OKO
  • 24*7
  • Great Temple Restaurant
  • Panna

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Address: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh- 471606

Ticket Price: 300 INR

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Share your experience - Rate Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho

  • Best archeological place around the best. Incredible art, architect and sculptures. Best place on earth for married couples, students, researchers and archeologists to see and to know about the Kam- Sutra.

  • Good temple. Local guide mr Shyam Lal rajak knows the history very well.

  • Unbelievable architecture.. fantastic maintainace as well...awesome feelings

  • Very nice place.. I am dmlt secondry student goragaon haryana india.

  • Beautifully carved sculptures found in this temple.

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