Chitragupta Temple in Khajuraho

Dedicated to the Sun God, the octagonal ceiling is the most fascinating aspect of this temple.

Dedicated to the Sun God, the octagonal ceiling is the most fascinating aspect of this temple. | Photo credit: Rajenver/Wikimediacommons

Chitragupta Temple Overview

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Chitragupta Temple, an integral part of the Khajuraho Temples, is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya). This temple is located about 91 m towards the north of the Jagadambi Temple and 183 metres southeast of an ancient tank, known as Chopra.

Architecturally, the plan and design of this temple consists of a maha-mandapa, entrance porch, vestibule and a sanctum. Inside the sanctum, visitors can see an attractive idol of God Surya riding a chariot, drawn by seven horses. Three similar figures are also carved on the lintel of the doorway.

The octagonal ceiling of the maha-mandapa is one of its most striking features of the temple. On the walls, you can see beautiful carvings of sura-sundaris and couples in erotic poses. Images of eleven-headed God Vishnu also adorn the walls of the temple.

  • Opening Closing Time 05:00 am - 12:00 pm
    04:00 pm - 09:00 pm
    Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    Be it the exotic carvings or the design of this temple, several opportunities await photo enthusiasts at this temple.

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Location

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh