Viswanath TempleCurrently Closed
- 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 is another form of the developed Khajuraho style of architecture. This is a member of the whole Khajuraho Group of Monuments which is a protected site by the Archeological Survey of India. This was built in the very early 11th century by the Chandela ruler, Dhanga.
This temple initially had four subsidiary shrines. Now after so many years and repeated enemy invasions only two of the shrines can be seen as remnants of the previous glory and charm. These shrines were on the four sides of the raised platform on which the temple was built. This is the reason for which the temple is called ‘Panchayatana’.
The architectural style has been found to be the one of that built just before the Kandariya Temple. There is an inscription inside the temple which makes it clear that the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva Marakateshwara. There were initially two shivalingas established in the temple, one of simple stone and the other of pure emerald. Presently, only the former one remains and the other has been taken away during one of the many invasions. Another attraction is the massive statue of Nandi the Bull.
The two most stunning attractions in this temple are the statues of two attractive women, one of whom is shown plucking out a thorn stuck in her foot and the other sitting in a beautiful posture and playing a flute.
- 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.
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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84.66% of people who visit Khajuraho include Viswanath Temple in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
41.94% of people start their Viswanath Temple visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Viswanath Temple
61.29% of people prefer walking in order to reach Viswanath Temple
Viswanath temple is one of the biggest temple in complex and this temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. Its similar to lakshman temple and kandariya mahadev temple in style. There is also a Nandi shrine in the temple.
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Nice Hindu temple....The Vishvanatha Temple is a Hindu temple in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located among the western group of Khajuraho Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, who is also known as "Vishvanatha", meaning "Lord of the Universe". The temple is believed to have been commissioned by the Chandela king Dhanga, and was probably completed in 999 CE or 1002 CE. Its architectural style is similar to that of the older Lakshmana Temple and the newer Kandariya Mahadeva Temple. It features several sculptures of various deities, surasundaris, couples making love, and mythical creatures.
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The Vishvanatha Temple is a Hindu temple in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located among the western group of Khajuraho Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, who is also known as "Vishvanatha" , meaning "Lord of the Universe". The temple is believed to have been commissioned by the Chandela king Dhanga, and was probably completed in 999 CE or 1002 CE. Its architectural style is similar to that of the older Lakshmana Temple and the newer Kandariya Mahadeva Temple. It features several sculptures of various deities, surasundaris (celestial maidens), couples making love, and mythical creatures. A dedicatory inscription, now affixed to the porch of the Vishvanatha temple, provides information about the construction of a Shiva temple by the Chandela king Dhanga.The original date of the inscription is read variously as 1056 VS (999 CE)or 1059 VS (1002 CE).The inscription mentions that Dhanga's descendant Jayavarman had it re-written in clear letters in 1173 VS. It states that Dhanga constructed a magnificent Shiva temple with two lingas (symbols of Shiva).One linga – Marakateshvara ("Emerald Lord") – was made of emerald. The other linga – Pramathanatha("Lord of Pramathas or goblin-like spirits") – was made of stone. The inscription appears to have been issued after Dhanga's death: it states that after living for more than a hundred years, Dhanga attained moksha by abandoning his body in the waters of Gangaand Yamuna.Unlike some other Chandela temple inscriptions, it does not mention the Pratihara overlords of the Chandelas. This suggests that the Chandelas were no longer vassals of the Pratiharas by this time. The bit about the emerald linga (possibly an emerald-studded linga) also supports this theory. According to the Puranas, a jewel-studded linga is an appropriate donation to be made upon the fulfilment of a desire. This suggests that Dhanga built the temple after attaining a high political status as a sovereign.Based on this inscription, scholars believe that the temple was completed in 999 CEor 1002 CE.However, according to art historian Shobita Punja, the temple referred to in this record may or may not be the Vishvanatha temple. According to her, there is a possibility that Dhanga built two temples, one with a stone linga and another with an emerald linga.The inscription names Chhichha (or Chiccha) as the architect of the temple. It states that the temple's torana (gateway) was designed by Vishvakarma (the patron deity of architects), who had entered the architect's body. The Vishvanatha temple is characteristic of the Central Indian architectural style that begins with Lakshmana Temple (c. 930–950 CE) and culminates with the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple (c. 1030 CE).These three temples represent the most fully developed style at Khajuraho. The main shrine is an example of the nagarastyle: it contains an entrance porch (ardha-mandapa), a small hall (mandapa), a large hall (maha -mandapa), a vestibule (antarala), and a sanctum (garbhagriha) with a roof tower (shikhara).All these are located on a base with several sculptures. The stairs leading from the base to the porch are flanked by lions on one side, and elephants on the other side. The rectangular plan of the main shrine measures 27.5 metres (90 ft) x 13.7 metres (45 ft).