Matangeshwara Temple in Khajuraho

Matangeshwara Temple Overview

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Matangeshwara Temple is an exception among the Western Group of Khajuraho Temples, which are noted for their erotic carvings. The architecture of this temple, built in AD 900-925, is quite simple, without any erotic carvings or sculptures. However, this shrine is unique because it is the only shrine in the western wing where prayers are held on a regular basis.

Listed as the holiest of all the Khajuraho temples, devotees visit this temple throughout the year. It is on the occasion of Mahashivratri that the temple looks its best. You can hear the sound of prayers and reverberating hymns during the aarti (a Hindu religious ritual of worship) that invokes a new sense of spirituality.

It is believed that the temple bears resemblance to the Brahma Temple in its design and architectural plan. Inside the sanctum of the temple, there is a broad Gauri-patta supporting a polished linga (2.5 m high). On the linga are Persian and Nagari inscriptions, written in indelible ink. Except for few elementary carvings of floral cusps on the ceiling, no wall of the temple has any kind of sculpture.

  • Opening Closing Time 06:00 am - 06:00 pm. Open all days

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