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Spent 19 hrs at Khajuraho’s Western group of monuments with only about 30 min break in total – we (with Keku, Rashmi, and Vijayendra) could cover two temples (Kandariya Mahadev Temple (KMT), Lakshman Temple) thoroughly. The place is beautiful and helps understand the importance given to war and the use of various instruments to display power – god, army, and women being some of them. The graceful display of human anatomy, with a good deal of reality, was a striking factor in all sculptural work. A lot of KMT’s sculptural work in the lower friezes lack technical respect in making. Although the Lakshmana temple is not as grand as the KMT, the detail in it and the work order is much better. The design of the temples is repetitive and additive. Light plays beautifully with the angles on the Southern side of the temples. Poor restoration work spoiled some places of the KMT. The nest of an Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) on the WSW side of the Sikhara is beautiful. If you are going to visit the temple any time soon, don’t miss the afternoon sunbath of the vulture on the pinnacle of the vimana of the KMT. I will probably visit Khajuraho once again this April or next Jan to cover few more temples. Do read the temple architecture from good books like Percy Brown to understand what the architect wants to show you. Once you decipher and understand the temple, the whole work comes alive and moves in front of your eyes – amazing experience. Caution: The guides are absolute frauds. Haven’t found a single one of them who understood the history, mythology, or the art at Khajuraho.

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Spent 19 hrs at Khajuraho’s Western group of monuments with only about 30 min break in total - we (with Keku, Rashmi, and Vijayendra) could cover two temples (Kandariya Mahadev Temple (KMT), Lakshman Temple) thoroughly. The place is beautiful and helps understand the importance given to war and the...