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 Khajuraho Jain Temples

  

  Location:

Shri Digamber Atishay Kshetra, Khajuraho is located at Village Khajuraho, Taluka Rajnagar, District Chatarpur (M. P.). Khajuraho is 60 km from Mahoba, 152 km from  Satna and 13 km from Jhansi. Road from Satna to Khajuraho, passes through rivers and valleys, full of very beautiful natural scenario.

Khajuraho has been recognized by UNESCO as a place of world heritage on account of its magnificent temples.

The temples of Khajuraho are generally divided into three groups: Western, Eastern and Northern. The Eastern group mainly consisting of Jain temples.
There are 34 (Thirty Four) Jain Temples in total. But from architectural point of view the Parsvanath, the Adinath and the Shantinath temples are relatively more important and noteworthy. These temples are unique examples of religious harmony and spirit of accommodation.

The Shantinath Temple is famous for its 14 feet high standing idol, the 16th jain tirthankar. According to an inscription on it, it is installed in Vikrama-Samvat 1085 (1028 AD). This idol is full of miracle. About 400 years ago, while invaders (idol breakers) came here and applied hammer to the little finger to break the idol, flow of milk started from it and at the same time dense flock of honey bees attached on invaders and pushed them to run away. Desires of devotees are fulfilled here after prayer and worship full of faith.

     Khajuraho Jain temple

Shri 1008 Lord Shantinath temple is the main temple with 4 ft. high colossus in the standing posture, the highest idol of all idols (deity images) of Khajuraho.

This temple contains a large number of remarkably gracious images of Tirthankaras (e.g. Lord Rishabh Dev, Parshwanath, ChandraPrabhu) along with the rarely majestic Sculpture of the parents of Tirthankar. Almost all the Tirthankar images are adorned by 'Asta-Pratiharyas' (eight miracles) such as Indras with flying whisks, three umbrellas, Hallow (Prabha mandal), throne (Simhasan), etc. This temple also contains a picture-gallery, which exhibits photos of prominent Jain monuments of India as a whole, in a chronological manner.

The Parsvanath temple is famous in the world as it contains some of the most excellent sculptures of Khajuraho e.g. figures of Lakshmi-Narain, Balram-Reoti, eight Dikpalas (i.e. Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirriti, Varuna, Vayu, Kuber and Isan), Ambika, Kamdev Rati, Ram-Sita along with Hanuman.

This temple is also privileged to possess the best art pieces of Sura- Sundaris (Divine Nymphs) in various attractive postures. These canít be unnoticed by visitors. This temple is a 'Panchayatan type' of temple in Nagar style; as it has got all the five organs thereof i.e.Ardha-Mandap, Mandap, Maha-Mandap, Antaral and Garbhagriha (Sanctum).

Third is the Adinath temple located on the right of the parsvanath, is a beautiful - though small shrine. It is noted for its simple but well- ornamented 'Shikhar' (spire) and the three bands of sculptures on its semi-circular outer wall containing figures of Gandharvas and Kinnars (celestial musicians) and Vidyadharas, various Yakshas (Gods  attending on Tirthankaras) and Apsaras (celestial fairies). The figures of "Govadan" (or "Gomukh") - the attendant Yaksha of Lord Risabhadev have been conspicuously carved-out. This temple has got the rare sculptures of sixteen Digambar Jain Vidyadevis - which have been very carefully carved out by the master-artist of Khajuraho, who has taken much care and great pains to depict these goddesses along with their 'Vahanas' (vehicles) and 'Ayudhas' (weapons) and the necessary 'Parikar' (background).

There are 31 another jain temples with beautiful architecture and idols.

   Khajuraho art in Jain temple 
  Some of the most excellent 
sculptures in Khajuraho Jain temples
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   Trust:

The Temple is managed by Shri Digamber Jain Atishay Kshetra Management Committee, Khajuraho. Post & Village Khajuraho, Taluka Rajnagar, District Chatarpur (M. P.) - 471606. Phone +91-7686-234960

 Transport:

The Udaipur-Gwalior Express has been extended to Khajuraho, in Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh. Passengers will board the train from Agra Cantonment station around 11 a.m. and reach Khajuraho in the evening.

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