Khajuraho – Western Group Of temples
The western group of temples of Khajuraho are mesmerising due to the symbolism that the sculptures potray with their intricate details. The four ultimate goals of life in Hinduism – Dharma, Kama, Artha and Moksha have been depicted symbolically which highlights the acceptance of these goals by the society.
I would highly recommend you take an authorised guide with you. It is only through a guide that people having little knowledge of the architecture and symbolism like me would be able to decipher what is the symbolism in the sculptors and construction of the temples.
Even little details can be explained to you by the guides – for example, I wouldn’t have noticed the placement of scorpion on different parts of the sculpture meant different things – on stomach it meant hunger, while on the limbs it meant sexual excitement.
The Nagara Architecture at Khajuraho temples draws the eye upwards as the highest point lies directly above the temples deity.
The ‘Adhishsthana” or the raised platform these temples are built on further adds to the vertical symmetry.
The guide we took was very patient and even gave us a student discount.
The weather gods made sure it rained the moment we closed our umbrellas, and it was the sunny the moment we took shelter in one.
A beautiful day at a beautiful site!