Khajuraho

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Khajuraho is a city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located about 385 miles (620 kilometres) southeast of Delhi, the capital city of India.

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Sculpture from a temple at Khajuraho
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Hermit monk performing auparashtika on a princely visitor. Temple of Chhapri, Central India, 12th century CE. Khajuraho

One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Hindi word khajur meaning date palm.


The city was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950 to 1050. The whole area was enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 mile&sup2 (21 km&sup2).

The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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