Devi Jagadambika Temple :
Devi Jagadambika temple or Jagadambika temple is one of a group of about 25 temples at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. Khajuraho is a World Heritage site. The temples of Khajuraho were built by the rulers of the Chandella dynasty between the 10th and the 12th centuries.
Devi Jagadambika temple, in a group to the north, is one of the most finely decorated temples at Khajuraho, with numerous erotic carvings. Three bands of carvings encircle the body of the temple. In the sanctum is an enormous image of the goddess “Devi”.
Archaeologists and Historians believe that the temple was made in the span of 25 years i.e. (1000 AD to 1025 AD), by the past rulers of the Chandela Dynasty. The actual history of how the rulers built this place and their motivation for the same is still unknown till date. However, there are certain indications which point to the fact that the temple was originally dedicated to the “Lord Vishnu” as the temple’s idol is encrypted in the sanctum door and faces the east-west direction.
Devi Jagadambika Temple is set amidst a beautiful scenic beauty which engulfs and embraces the monument in a very promising manner. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali who is worshiped here in the form of Maa Jagadambika, which means the Goddess of the Universe. Hence, this is considered a very sacred place and attracts a large number of devotees from all over the world. Maa is considered very powerful and her blessings are as valuable as a treasure. There is another importance of the temple. Idols of Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu are found here holding their consorts. The presences of the three lords who are known as the makers of the universe are considered very religious and hold spiritual importance.
Khajuraho Group Of Monuments :
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India, about 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.
Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela Rajput dynasty. Historical records note that the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by the 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometers Of these, only about 25 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometers. Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art.
The Khajuraho group of temples were built together but were dedicated to two religions, Hinduism and Jainism, suggesting a tradition of acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains in the region.
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