Lakshmana Temple in Khajuraho
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho is a beautiful stone temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Lakshmana Temple in Khajuraho is categorized under the Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho. This temple is a major tourist attraction in Khajuraho as it is one of the earliest stone temples in the whole of India. The Lakshmana temple in Khajuraho is one of the biggest temples in the town. The Lakshmana Temple is well-preserved.
History: The Lakshmana Temple in Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh in India dates back to the 10th century A.D. The Lakshmana Temple at Khajuraho was built by KingYasovarman to set up a Vishnu image, which was gifted to him by Devapala. The statue was brought from Tibet.
Description: The outer wall of the Lakshmana stone Temple in Khajuraho is delicately carved. In front of the temple are two open pavilions which are called mandapas. On the South is the Varaha mandapa with an image of the standing Varaha, which is the boar incarnation of Vishnu. The entire body of the statue is carved with the figures of many other Hindu gods and goddesses.
The temple stands on a platform which has sculptures depicting elephants and horsemen in procession. On climbing the stairs of the temples one reaches to the broad platform of where rituals are performed. The Lakshmana Temple at Khajuraho faces east and a flight of stairs leads to the inner chamber which is placed on a platform. The Lakshmana Temple has all the characteristics of a north Indian temple where there is a porch at the entrance, a hall of pillars and sculptural motifs on the walls. The pradkshina path is around the main chamber and is decorated with sculpture all over it. The statue of the Vaikuntha Vishnu bears three heads which represents the various incarnations.