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By: Indian Wildlife Tours  19/09/2009
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Indian Wildife Tours offer a variety of personally led wildlife and cultural tours to Northern and Central India, which can be tailor made to suit the individual.  

One of the tours includes a tour to the famous Khajuraho Temples.

The Khajuraho Temples, located in Central India, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The village of Khajuraho, located in the north of Madhya Pradesh is famous for its 1,000 year old erotic carvings. This village, is like no other in India. It is an amalgamation of history, art and architecture. These 10th -11th century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of the Chandela dynasty. It is said that in a fit of passion and lust, the Moon God seduced and ravaged a beautiful Brahmin girl known as Hemvati, resulting in the birth of Chandravarman (the founder of the Chandela dynasty). Later, Chandravarman had a dream where he was requested to make a temple, which would reveal all aspects of the treasure of passion to the world.

Some people also believe that these beautiful erotic sculptures are the visual depiction of the Kamasutra, or the relations between Shiva and Parvati, the Hindu divine couple. Khajuraho was one of the capitals of the Chandela kings, who from the 9th to the 11th century CE developed a large realm. At the height of its realm, this included almost all of what is now the Madhya Pradesh state. Khajuraho extended over 21 sq. km and contained about 85 temples built by multiple rulers from about 950 to 1050AD. In the late 11th century the Chandela, in a period of chaos and decline, moved to hill forts elsewhere. Khajuraho continued its religious importance until the 14th century but was afterwards largely forgotten.

The remoteness of the Khajuraho temples probably saved them from the desecration that other religious conquerors generally inflicted on Hindu monuments. In 1838 a British army captain, TS Burt, rediscovered the complex of temples in the jungle in Khajuraho.

Of the 85 original temples-most constructed of hard river sandstone, only 24 are still reasonably well preserved.

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