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Lakshmana Temple (built c. 930-950)

Lakshmana temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was built from 930-950 AD during the reign of King Yasovarman of the Chandella kingdom. It houses a sacred image of Vaikuntha-Vishnu brought from Tibet. Though the temple is one of the oldest in the Khajuraho fields, it is also one of the most exquistely decorated, covered almost completely with images of over 600 gods in the Hindu Pantheon. The main shrine of the temple, which faces east, is flanked by four freestanding subsidiary shrines at the corners of the temple platform.

The temple is famous for the explicitely sexual carvings on the southern side of the temple (images 12-13), though these make up only a small fraction of the total

Plan view

Click on any of the red arrows to view that location.
Image adapted from George Michell's Guide to the Monuments of India

Plan of Lakshmana temple

Location

The approximate location of the temple is 24.852195' N, 79.921687' E (WGS 84 map datum).

Bibliography:

All images copyright 2001 Kaye Yeo Ahn

Christine Niven, et al. India: A Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit.
  Lonely Planet Pulications, 1999.

Moore, Charles et all. The Poetics of Gardens
  MIT Press, 1997. London

Narain, L.A. Khajuraho: Temples of Ecstasy
  Lustre Press, 1986. New Delhi

Krishna Deva. Khajuraho
  Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, 1977. New Delhi

Tadgell, Christopher The History of Architecture in India.
  Phaidon Press, 1990. Singapore


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