Kandariya Mahadev Temple in Khajuraho

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kandariya Mahadev Temple is renowned for its spectacular architecture.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kandariya Mahadev Temple is renowned for its spectacular architecture. | Photo credit: China Crisis/Wikipedia

Kandariya Mahadev Temple Overview

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Kandariya Mahadev Temple is one of the most imposing structures in the Western group of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest and the most beautiful temple in the whole complex. Dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva, this revered shrine was built by Vidyadhara - a powerful Chandela king.

The superb craftsmanship of about 900 sculptures, reflected in the impressive and refined architecture of the temple, gives an insight into the city's royal past. Contrary to the intricately carved exterior, the interiors are quite simple with a beautiful Shiva Linga in the garbha graha (the innermost sanctum in a Hindu temple where the idol of the main deity is kept). There are six compartments in the temple, namely hall, transept, portico, sanctum, vestibule and ambulatory.

The architecture of the Kandariya Mahadev Temple is quite unique. You can see amazing statues and designs of apsaras, dikpalas and surasundaries here. The beautifully sculpted ceilings and the outer walls with three horizontal panels featuring deities of the Hindu pantheon illustrate the eternal glory of Khajuraho.

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

  • Photo Opp

    This temple is a paradise for photo enthusiasts. They will surely be enthralled by the splendour of the Kandariya Mahadev Temple as there are endless things to capture through lens.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 10

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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh