Khajuraho, in Madhya Pradesh, is that ultimate melting pot where India and Indianess both achieved its peak. It is a place where the great Indian tradition laid the foundation for ideology, philosophy and mythology to mix, flourish and create a glorious perfection. It’s a no-where-to-be-found mélange of love, life, pleasure, liberation, and self-actualization where life can be seen in full circle and beyond. Nothing is taboo here, nothing is sacrilegious here, and nothing is profane here.
Khajuraho Temples – Songs Of Life Carved In Stones
The beauty and the aura of Khajuraho cannot be created by mere artists but by those who are under the spell of moksha, driven by the trance of nirvana and living life with no string attached. It seems they all have had seen it all, lived it all and have done it all; they were standing on the verge of achieving great salvation and just before entering the last phase they blessed the earth with their philosophy using chisel creating a grand symphony amidst stones that still reverberate eternal the songs of life.
Khajuraho Temples – A Grand Candid Theater Of Life
Every bit of Khajuraho oozes reality and that if lived with perfection, paves the way to nirvana, moksha or salvation. Whatever god has created is carved here with upmost devotion and purity without any dissonance or dissension or dissent. Carvings on Temples of Khajuraho are more than erotica; they are all about life and divinity in its multilayered and multifaceted form. They portray intriguing stories about various aspect of life, mainly Hindu way of life, regarding war, love, worship, story of gods, anecdotes from holy books etc.
Misconception may make you curious and fill you with ecstasy and sexuality just before you enter the temple complex, however, when you see so many forms of life and try to connect the dot, you come out as a super spiritual human being with a better understanding of life and its various forms from birth to death and beyond. While watching the bas-reliefs, you need to give in and let the wibes embrace you tightly and in doing so, you see a magnum opus written all over depicting greater and deeper meaning of life.
Temples Complex of Khajuraho – UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites
Built between 9th and 12th Century BC, under the patronage of Chandela Rulers, Temples of Khajuraho are world famous for its flamboyant sculptures and highly elaborated carvings. There are number of Hindu and Jain temples from medieval times spread across town telling the story of glory days when India was the world leader; superior in thoughts, ethics and human rights than any of the world power today. Carvings on the temple, tell this all, making it an apt candidate to be listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
Khajuraho and its temples are the masterpiece akin to Konark & Sanchi with a distinct universal appeal that goes beyond boundaries and make everyone feel proud of such human achievement. Its universal values have earned it a well deserved place in UNESCO’s world heritage site. After Taj Mahal in Agra, it is the second most visited monument site in India by people from all across the globe.
Majestic Khajuraho & Its Creators – The Chandelas
Life and its all manifestations, moods, shades and all its legends are captured in the storied stones of Khajuraho. They majestically not just represent craftsmen’s sublime perfection but also the grand vision of Chandela Rulers for providing patronage to something unique, distinct and majestic, a stepping stone to a new beginning.
Chandelas, the creator of Khajuraho are believed to be the descendant of Moon, which is Chandra in Hindi. For this reason, Moon the lord of emotion was their presiding God. As moon governs all expression and emotions, Chandelas also infused all kind of emotions and all known, overt and covert expressions while conceiving and constructing Temples of Khajuraho. These temples were their royal pursuit and a grand attempt to achieve an unforgettable and kind of a forever stature in world history.
As per the local legend, the founder of Chandela dynasty, Chandravarman was the son of Moon and Hemwati, the daughter of a sage. Chandravarman was raised by Hemwati in the forest and he is believed to have fought with tigers as he grew up and this episode later became the emblem of Chandelas. Across Temple complex, we can see a brave kid with tiger.
Chandelas were the de facto rulers of modern day Bundelkhand, which they gradually acquired from Pratihar rulers of Kannauj after the end of Hashvardhana’s reign in North India. They ruled from 9th Century to 13th Century and in this period, and built around 85 grand temples showcasing everything human in a short span of 100 years from 950AD to 1050AD when they were at their peak. Epigraphic references give detail to a long line of Chandela Rulers, however, three of them Harshadeva, Yeshovarman and Dhanga were the Greatest Chandela Rulers making their presence felt from Himalaya to Narmada and during their reign Khajuraho achieved its zenith.
That was the last lag of Indian golden period that started with Gupta Dynasty and in Khajuraho, world can see the very last burst of true Indian art and purest of all creativity. With this great artistic wonder, Chandela became eternal. Every great ruler has left something great, unique and inspiring for future generation. Chandelas did the same when they gave Khajuraho to the world.
Due to absence of historical documents, conjecture, myth, speculations have further given glory to the Chandelas in Central India and after the discovery of Khajuaro by Britishers, the legends went global from local.
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