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- Address: Rajnagar Road, Sevagram, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, 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
Lakshmana Temple - Review
This temple is better known as The Lakshmana Temple. It is situated in the temple complex in the small village Khajuraho in Chattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh. This is the second highest amongst all the temples in this complex.
This temple was built by the great Chandela ruler, King Yashovarman in the 10th century. This is one of the most beautifully designed temples of the country. It is a dedication to Vaikuntha Vishnu, another avatar of Lord Vishnu.
This magnificent temple is situated on a high platform and boasts of the most uncommon art forms with very deep meanings. Like many other temples of this region, this temple is also made of sandstone and the basic design is of the ancient native Indian form. The temple surprises its visitors from the initial step. The majestic entrance forms an arch which is known as ‘ardhamandapa’. There is a huge hall which is used for performing rituals. There is also the intricately designed main temple hall and the Antaral and the secret chamber where the actual deity resides which is known as the ‘Garbagriha’.
The whole structure, if you see carefully is that of a chariot drawn by five horses. It is called a Pancharatha. The base is made of balconies and wonderfully designed fences and the upper part has statues of as many as 600 forms of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The specialty over here is the stress on the erotic art forms of those times. This temple is said to have been the inspiration of the ‘Indian Book of Ancient Sex’, which is called the ‘Kama sutra’.
The first part of the temple’s entrance has seven straight sections. The main entrance after this has stunning structures of the various avatars and incarnations of the prime deity here. These include statues of Lord Narasimha, Lord Varaha and Bhagvan Brahma. The most unique attraction among these are the two sculptures here, firstly that of Goddess lakshmi standing in between Brahma and Vishnu and the other of Goddess Durga at the time of the Demon’s death.
The main idol here is of Lord Vaikuntha. This idol has three heads and four arms. This fantastic stone sculpture is accompanied by Narasimha or the lion avatar and Varaha or the boar avatar of the deity.
The other attractive features are the statues of beautiful women with their partners in love making postures which actually depict infertility. There are also lovely towers also known as Shikharas which have amazing designs on them. Besides these, there are also paintings and other art forms depicting processions, tracking, and fight scenes that will take you centuries back into the reign of the Chandelas. The entrance temple has some eye-catching designs of four temples on four sides and lotus motifs on the upper part of it and that of nymphs on the columns.
Lakshmana Temple Information
- Do not miss out on the light and sound show. The voice over has been done by the famous Amitabh Bachchan 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.
Lakshmana 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).
Lakshmana Temple Opening and Closing Hours
Light & Sound show timings are:
- English: 6:00PM
- Hindi: 7:40 PM
How To reach Lakshmana Temple by Public Transport
- The nearest airport is the Town Airport.
- The nearest railway station is the Mahoba Junction.
Restaurants Near Lakshmana Temple
- Swiss Restaurant
- Spice Garden Restaurant
- Zaffron 1838
- New Punjab
- Safari Restaurant
- Italian Restaurant
- Pramod Restaurant
- Ganesh Restaurant
- Aggarwal Restaurant
- Great Temple Restaurant
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95% of people who visit Khajuraho include Lakshmana Temple in their plan
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65.23% of people start their Lakshmana Temple visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Lakshmana Temple
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Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho Reviews
Wonderful. I love the Khajuraho School of architecture. This temple, both interior and exterior walls were lavishly decorated with carvings. The sculptures are generally erotic in their themes and drew inspiration from Vatsyayana Kamasutra.
Cleanliness and well maintained. Amazing ancient art and sculptures.
Nice Hindu temple....The Lakshmana Temple is a 10th century Hindu temple built by Yashovarman located in Khajuraho, India. Dedicated to Vaikuntha Vishnu - an aspect of Vishnu. This temple is located in the Western Temple complex in Khajuraho. Khajuraho is a small village in Chattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, India
Lakshman Temple is 10th Century temple, located amongst Western Group of Temples at Khajuraho, a small village in Chhattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh India. These temples are part of UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient temple was built by Yashovarman and dedicated to Vaikunth Vishnu, an aspect of Vishnu. The entire temple complex stands on a high platform (Jagati) and the structure consists of most elements of Hindu temple architecture. It has entrance porch (ardh-mandapa), Mandapa, Maha-Mandapa, Antarala and Garbhagriha.Unlike other temples in Khajuraho, its sanctum is Pancharatha on plan. Its shikhar is clustered with minor urushringas. The wall portion is studded with balconied windows with ornate balustrades. It has two rows of sculptures on temples outer wall, which include divine figures, couples and erotic scenes.The sanctum doorway constitute seven sakhas (vertical panels).The central panel is decorated with various incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Lintel depicts goddess Lakshm, in the centre flanked by Brahma and Vishnu. The sanctum contains four-armed sculpture of God Vishnu. Main idollocated in temple has tri-headed, four-armed sculpture of Vaikuntha Vishnu.The main Idol central head is of human and two sides of boar (depicting Varaha) and lion (depicting Narashima). The erotic sculptures in various positions at outer wall of the temple are unique, and depict finest sculptural compositions vibrating with rare sensitiveness & warmth of emotions and these are remarkable for their sculptural quality. The temple wall also contains fine sculptures representing hunting and battle scenes, procession of elephants, horses apart from variety of domestic and erotic scenes.
Marvellous Architecture of 10th Century expressing glory of Chandela dynasty.