Varaha Temple in Khajuraho

One of the oldest shrines in the Khajuraho complex.

One of the oldest shrines in the Khajuraho complex. | Photo credit: Rajenver/Wikimediacommons

Varaha Temple Overview

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Varaha Temple belongs to the Western Group of Temples of Khajuraho. The origin of this temple dates back to AD 900-925, which makes it one of the oldest shrines in the complex.

The highlight of this temple is an huge image of Yajna Varaha, an incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu. This 2.6-metre long and 1.7-metre high image depicts Lord Vishnu in the anthropomorphic form - bearing a boar's head on a human body. This statue features intricately carved figures of gods and goddesses on its body.

Architecturally, this temple is an oblong sandstone structure set on a platform. It rests on 14 plain pillars and boasts of a pyramidal roof. There is a lotus flower carved beautifully on the ceiling of the temple, which symbolises a padma (lotus) that is generally seen in the hand of God Vishnu.

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  • Entrance Fee Rs. 10 for Indians<br /> Rs. 250 for Foreigners<br />

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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh