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Siva Temples In Madhya Pradesh
Index Deogarh
Khajuraho Guruha
Kalinjar
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Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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KHAJURAHO - KANDARIYA MAHADEV MANDIR

This is a priceless gift, the Chandella princes of Rajaput clan presented to our holy land. Among the countless temples built around the huge lake called Ninora Tal, Yagini temple with wide court yards and spacious mandapas for gods is the first and it was built around 900 A.D. Kandariya Mahadev temple, the centre of eternal attraction lies adjacent to this. It was built by Vidhyadhara, the most powerful ruler in 1017 A.D. This largest of the extant Khajuraho temples typifies the style of architecture of the 10th century A.D. It has certain unique features that makes it stand apart as the best and foremost, both for veneration and approbation. This outstanding specimen of a full-fledged Khajuraho temple, embodies all the essential parts, like Ardhamandapa, Mahamandapa, Antarala, Garbhagriha, Pradakshanapatha and pavilions for parivaradevathas. All are distinctly designed and discreetly positioned. It is dedicated to Lord Mahadeva and a marble Sivalinga is installed in the garbha griha. Although it looks built for only one God, it is a pachayatana temple having provision for four principal icons with Maheswar in the centre. By quirk of fate, perhaps, the four corners assigned for four gods are now devoid of worshipful deities. Built on an elevated mound, with rising of spire upon ornate spire culminating in shikara with a kumbha type of ornate object atop, this shrine bears semblance to the mount Kailas, the eternal abode of Lord Siva. This star attraction is drawing lakhs of aesthetes and theists throughout the year. As Siva is the tutelary deity of Chand ellas, it seems they emptied their inexhaustible treasure to making it a rare art piece of universal esteem. At its extreme north, there is another one for Siva and is called Sambhu Marakateswara shrine, for the prime reason the linga is made of emerald. It is king Dhanga's gift to the theists. Another Siva temple, where a gigantic eight-foot-high Sivalinga is installed on a large Gauripatta, measuring twenty feet in diameter and four feet in height is worth seeing. The enormity of its size together with the eminence of position is praiseworthy. Though there are some more Siva shrines, their pull is comparatively low.

It lies in Khajuraho, which is accessible by air from Delhi and train form Chatrapur station. From here all types of four wheelers are available.

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