Khajuraho Temples are very famous all over the world. Madhya Pradesh is the place for many monuments representative of various periods of history.
We can see famous rock paintings, Buddhist stupas, Khajuraho temples, and more here. Among them, Khajuraho temples are spectacular pieces human-made. The artistic style, creativity, and magnificent architectural work froze the eyes of the visitors.
Khajuraho Temples History:
These monuments belong medieval period. The Chandella rulers built these temples during their rule between 980 AD to 1130 AD. The Chandella dynasty followed every Chandella ruler’s custom to make at least one temple in his lifetime. So all the Chandella rulers followed their business, and in this way, the group of Khajuraho temples formed.
Abu Rihan al Biruni, the Arab traveller, mentioned the glory of Khajuraho temples in 1022 AD. Later another Arab traveller Ibn Battuta narrated the beauty of temples in 1335 AD. The local traditional stories and other scriptures list 85 temples in Khajuraho. Later many temples were destroyed by the Muslim Invaders.
Now only 25 temples remained, and they took various preservation methods to relocate the glory of the temples.
Deserted Khajuraho Temples:
Chandella rulers were very brilliant in administration skills. They intended the religious and cultural activities to be quite different to politics. So they made Mahoba their political capital, about 60 KM away from Khajuraho. And they made Khajuraho their cultural capital. Khajuraho is derived from Khajuraho means Date, and Radhika means bearing. Khajuraho was enclosed by a wall with eight gates for entry and exit. Every entrance is flanked by two Date and palm trees. So the name of the place gets its name Khajuraho.
Re-Discovered Khajuraho Temples:
The Chandella dynasty came to an end after 1150 AD. Muslim invaders did not tolerate worshipping other religious Gods. Many Muslim invaders invaded various kingdoms and destroyed temples and deities in those days. So citizens of Khajuraho wanted to leave Khajuraho to remain in the place of Solitude to escape from the attacks of Muslim invaders. All the citizens left the area, made the temples solitary, and misguided the attention of Muslim invaders. So about 500 years, the temples remained in forest cover. But in the early years of the 9th century, the place was re-discovered by British engineer T.S. Burt.
Hence the Khajuraho temples again came into the limelight.