Kandariya Mahadeva Temple



What :

Kandariya Mahadeva is one of the 25 remaining temples in Khajuraho’s Word Heritage Site.

The largest and tallest of the temples, Kandariya Mahadeva is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The walls of the temple feature hundreds of carved statues the lives and escapades of the Chandela Rajput dynasty that used Khajuraho as the epicenter of its religious rites.

Most of the statues are over 3 feet tall, and Kandariya Mahadeva is considered to have the most carvings of the remaining temples in the area. Many of these statues feature depictions of brazenly erotic contortions and feats of sexual dexterity.

When :

The monsoon rains come through Khajuraho in July and August, which reduces the number of visitors at the World Heritage Site, and makes bookings easy to obtain.

October through March is the busiest time of the year when guests on luxury tours of India plan to avoid the summer heat.

Where :

The Kandariya Mahadeva temple is in the Western Group of temples in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Easily accessed via India's modern highways, private car service is the best mode of transport to and around Khajuraho.

Who :

Part of a large World Heritage Site, Kandariya Mahadeva and its sister temples are a frequent highlight on India tour itineraries.

The intricate carvings and soaring peaks of the temple grounds spread throughout the city are a cultural experience travelers remember vividly.

Appropriate Attire :

Visitors should cover their shoulders, arms, and legs as a sign of modesty while on holy grounds.