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Khajuraho Travel Guide, India

Khajuraho is a popular tourist place in India. It is located in Madhya Pradesh, which one of the largest states of India. Khajuraho happens to be in the District of Chhatarpur and it is about 620 kilometers away from the south eastern side of New Delhi, the capital of India. Khajuraho is not a city but a small village and famous amongst tourist for its large number of Hindu temples having erotic sculptures. A numbers of Jain temples are also part of this city and the village of Khajuraho is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In ancient Indian language Sanskrit, kharjur is a word for date palm and Khajuraho is derived from kharjur.

Khajuraho Travel Guide - Demographics

As per the census of 2001, the population of Khajuraho was around 19 thousand inhabitants. Amongst these 19 thousand residents, 52 percent are male and 48 percent are female. Literacy rate of this village is 53 percent and that is less than the national average which is 59 percent. The altitude of Khajuraho is around 928 feet above the sea level.

Khajuraho Travel Guide - Architecture

Most of the Khajuraho temples have spiral structures which are similar to shikhara temples in North India. A large number of temples of this village are dedicated to the Hindu Gods Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma and female goddess like Jagdamba Devi. A very small number of temples belong to Jain pantheon.

Khajuraho Travel Guide - Carvings and Statues

Khajuraho is famous for its sexual and erotic sculptures but these erotic sculptures are not present near any deities in the temple. Outside the temple, some carvings have erotic art. Most of the temples in Khajuraho have two walls around the temple and the erotic sculptures are present in the outer covering of inner walls. The population around these temples has several interpretations for these erotic sculptures. Some say that visitors of the deity should leave their sexual desires before entering the temple. Other say that deities are pure as atman (soul) and not affected by this art.

Khajuraho Travel Guide - Climate

The climate is hot and temperature range between 10 to 45 degrees Celsius. The maximum annual average temperature is around 48 degrees and the minimum annual average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius.

You could also visit Lucknow as it is only 149 miles away.

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