Western Group of Temples
Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho constitutes some of the most splendid and architecturally marvelous specimen of temple architecture in India. The group includes such magnificent temples like Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Matangeswara Temple, and Varaha Temple.
Kandariya Mahadeo, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the largest of Khajuraho temples, reaching to a height of 31 m. The sanctum sanctorum enshrines a lingam, a phallic symbol associated with
vigor, fertility and potency. The main shrine of the temple is known for its exquisite representation of gods, goddesses, along with celestial maidens and lovers.
Chaunsat Yogini Temple, dedicated to goddess Kali, is the earliest surviving shrine of the western group. It is the only granite temple and depicts amative couples in sensuous postures.
Lakshamana Temple is famous for the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, along with goddess Lakshmi. What is truly remarkable here is the three-headed idol of Vishnu’s incarnations, Narasimha and Varaha in the finely carved sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
Chitragupta Temple, dedicated to Sun God, is famous for a three- headed image of Brahma, enshrined in this temple. A Nandi bull faces the shrine.
Matangeswara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is famous for its eight feet high lingam.
Vishwanath Temple is noted for its impressive pathway with lions flaking the northern and elephants the southern steps. A three-headed image of Brahma is enshrined in Vishwanath Temple.