Lakshmana TempleCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- 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
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.
- 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.
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).
Light & Sound show timings are:
- English: 6:00PM
- Hindi: 7:40 PM
- The nearest airport is the Town Airport.
- The nearest railway station is the Mahoba Junction.
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95% of people who visit Khajuraho include Lakshmana Temple in their plan
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62.16% 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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This is the best preserved and most informative temple on the site. Dating to about 930 AD, it’s various “layers” depict to path of man from the origin of the cosmos up to (and beyond) enlightenment. An expert guide is needed to interpret all this. Avoid the sensational guidebooks that only talk about the supposedly obscene poses.
Lakshman temple is the first temple when you enter the western group of temples complex. It's also one of the biggest temple in complex and dedicated to lord Vishnu. Architecture of this temple is mind blowing.
It's a historical place and temple design and their place is magical .....really lakshman temple is fabulous
"The best preserved Khajuraho temple, this large structure took over 20 years to build."
Awesome place to see the glory of Indian architecture....