Chandela Architecture

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Kendriya Mahadev Temple

The Chandelas of Khajuraho (Bundelkhand) were prolific temple builders during the 10th to 11th centuries A.D. Between 950 and 1050 CE, they built the Khajuraho temples, which are considered one of the world’s greatest artistic and architectural wonders.

Each temple typically consists of three main compartments: the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum), the mandapa (assembly hall), and the ardhamandapa (entrance portico). Some temples have additional features like an antarala (vestibule) and a mahamandapa (large hall). The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest and most impressive temple at Khajuraho. Other important temples include the Vishvanatha Temple (dedicated to Shiva), the Lakshmana Temple (dedicated to Vishnu), and the Chaturbhuj Temple (dedicated to Vishnu).

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