Khajuraho - Monumental Legacy

Khajuraho - Monumental Legacy

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Author: Devangana Desai
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 107
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195656431


This book is part of the Monumental Legacy series, aimed at giving a brief and accurate introduction to the World Heritage (Culture) Sites in India. The series is addressed to the general reader but is also of use to scholars interested in the history and significance of the site.

Questioning popular stereotypes, Desai delinks Khajuraho from its associations with eroticism, offering fresh interpretations of the sculptures, which, though apparently sensual, actually conceal a deeper symbolism.

It is an introduction to the magnificent world of the Chandella temples, their history, patronage, court culture, religion, iconography, and the distinctive features of the sculptures and architecture. Exploring each of the twenty-two temples in detail, this book also discusses the newly excavated Bijamandala temple and the three museums at the site and provides practical tips and information for the visitor.





Patrons-The Chandella Royal Family

Religious Background

Temple Architecture-Concept and Stylistic Features

Sculpture-Themes and Meanings

The Monuments

The Western Group

The Eastern Group

The Southern Group


Around Khajuraho

Appendix 1: Chronology of the Temples

Appendix 2: Genealogy of the Chandella Royal Family

Practical Tips and Information


Further Reading