Kandariya Mahadev Temple

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    Location: Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh in Central India 

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 to 2 hours.

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    In the medieval temple group found at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India, Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is one of the largest and most ornated Hindu temples. The meaning of Kandariya Mahadeva is the Great God of the Cave”. From the medieval period in India, It is discussed as one of the best examples of preserved temples.


    Kandariya Mahadev Temple night view photo

    For their exquisite sculptures and intricate carvings that depict various aspects of life, the Khajuraho Group of Monuments holds a special place. Kandariya Mahadev Temple is one of the most popular temples in the monument, among other stunning temples. With around a height of 31m, this stunning temple is one of the western group of temples, apart from Matangeswara and Vishwanatha temples.

    Features of Kandariya  Mahadeva Temple


    Kandariya Mahadev Temple in fornt photo

    In the Khajuraho complex, TheKandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest of the western group of temples and was built by the Chandela rulers. In the temple deified in the sanctum sanctorum, Shiva is the chief deity.

    During the reign of Vidyadhara, the TheKandariya Mahadeva temple was built. During several periods of the realm of this dynasty, many famous temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva, Surya, and Shakti of the Hindu religion and also for the Tirthankaras of the Jain religion were built

    For the culture of the Chandelas that was popular till the country was invaded by Muslims in 1202, all the existing temples including the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple were inscribed in 1986 under the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites for their artistic creation.

    Inside/Outside Views

    It was built by Raja Dhandadeva who was a strong Chandela ruler. The temple’s main spire depicts Mount Kailash and stands at a height of 31 meters and is dressed with ornated carvings and sculptures. Hindu Lord Shiva has dedicated to the temple. In its boundary, there are about 646 statues that look even more appealing. This temple is provided with an east-facing facade.

    There is a staircase in the entrance and also a porch that is adorned with garlands chiseled out of a single stone. It is calculated that, with a one-meter height, Kandariya Mahadeva has about 870 sculptures. The deity of Lord Shiva, holding a trident and snake, with the deities of Vishnu and Brahma are the inside scenes of the temple.

    Opening Hours

    Open from: 6:00am to 10:00pm

    Prasad is available from: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Sound & Light Show Timings 

    •                    English: 06:30 pm to 07:25 pm
    •                    Hindi: 07:40 pm to 08:35 pm

    Entry & Others Fees

    To enter the temple foreigners are charged a nominal amount. 

    It is allowed for devotees to offer sweets and dry fruits to the deity.

    • Entry Fees for Foreigners: 250 rupees 
    • Entry Fees for Children:  free entry under 15 year’s
    • Fees of Sound and Light Show
    • Entry fee: For Indians, 120 rupees and 
    •                      For foreigners, 400 rupees

    Near Restaurants

    1. Le Rose Cafe (0.2 miles away)
    2. Lassi corner (0.2 miles away)
    3. Blue sky Restaurant (0.2 miles away)
    4. Bamboo Treat (0.2 miles away)
    5. Madras coffee house (0.2 miles away)
    6. The woods Cafe (0.2 miles away)
    7. Indiana Restaurant (0.3 miles away)

    Near Hotels

    1. Saffron (0.2 miles away)
    2. Hotel Isabel palace (1.0 miles away)
    3. Hotel Harmony (0.4 miles away)
    4. Hotel marble palace (0.2 miles away)
    5. Radisson Jasshotel  (0.7 miles away)
    6. Ramada by Wyndham (1.0 miles away)
    7. Hotel Surya (0.4miles away)
    8. Lalita homestay countryside (0.2 miles away)
    9. Yogi Ashram guest house (0.2 miles away)
    10. Khajuraho Jungle Resort (0.7 miles away)

    How to Reach

    The nearest railway station is the Khajuraho railway station with about a distance of 5km from the temple. From the station, one can hire a cab or rickshaw to reach the temple.

    How to reach Kandariya Mahadeva Temple from Nearest Airport?

    From Kandariya-mahadev temple, Khajuraho civil prodrome is the nearest airport.  The airport is located at a distance of3 km from Kandariya-mahadev temple. From the Airport public and private transports are available through which one can easily reach the temple.

    Tips for Travellers

    You Should carry your necessary things that you needed the most


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes It’s safe.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: You’ll have to take permission from the authority. Then you can take your desirable photos and video(shooting).

    Que-03: Is a toilet available inside the area of the temple?

    Ans: The temple complex has well-maintained toilet facilities.

    Que-04: Who is the creator of Kandariya Mahadeva Temple?

    Ans: Vidyadhara

    Que-05: What is the material of Kandariya Mahadeva Temple?

    Ans: Sandstone

    Que-06: What is the style of Kandariya Mahadeva Temple?

    Ans: Nagara (north Indian architecture)

    Que-07: Where was the sculpture of the chief deity placed in the temple?

    Ans: Garbhagriha

    Que-08: What is the time period of the temple?

    Ans: 1017-29

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