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Vishvanath Temple
Vishvanath Temple
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Khajur‚ho
Place(s) of worship

Chandela dynasty (from Xth to XIIIrd century)

near 1002

Time of : Dhanga
Area related : Khajur‚ho

UNESCO World Heritage Site (Dťfinitif) : 1986

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The Vishvanath Temple, believed to have been constructed in 1002, has the same five-part layout of the larger Kandariya Mahadev, with the addition of two of the four subsidiary shrines of the panchayatana design still standing. It shares a common platform with the shrine to the Bull Nandi opposite, and the steps up to this terrace are guarded by lions to the north and elephants to the south.
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The Vishvanath Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and is well known for its immense sculptural wealth. Right from the gates of the temple to the inner sanctum, Vishwanath temple is full of amazing stone carvings, ranged from the erotic to the charming. There are panels containing images of earthly and divine beings, groups of musicians images of mithuna. It is often believed that the temple celebrates the celestial marriage of Shiva with Parvati. The northern gate to the temple has stylized lions carved on both sides.

Vishwanath temple has one of the most impressive architectural patterns among all the temples of Khajuraho. The very way in which the main shrine is approached speaks highly of the perspective powers of the architects of this impressive Shiva temple. The southern gate is guarded by elephants. The gates lead the visitor to a flight of stairs that reach the subordinate mandapas which in turn leads to the shikhara or the main tower over the main shrine of the temple. The dramatic hierarchical approach to the shrine never fails to amaze the visitors.

The main shrine Khajuraho Vishwanath temple contains a spectacular three-headed image of Brahma, the god believed to be the creation within the Hindu religious system. The Nandi shrine faces the main shrine. It houses the famous six-feet high image of the divine bull Nandi.
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