KHAJURAHO “LAND OF THE MOON GOD”
The 9th to 12th-century temples of Khajuraho is the evidences of the architectural geniuses during the times of Chandela dynasty. Situated in Madhya Pradesh, India, Khajuraho oozes with passion, eroticism, dance and music and other finesses of creative arts depicted in sculpture and images of the temples. The 85 temples were built in North Indian 'Nagara' style of architecture, though only 20 of them have survived the rough weather conditions over long years of time. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples
KHAJURAHO TEMPLES - Temple town of Khajuraho is much different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. The temples of Khajuraho are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. An amalgamation of science and art of architecture, these 10th-11th century temples have a very interesting legend behind them that connects them to the origin of Chandela dynasty. It is said that in a fit of passion and lust, the Moon God seduced and ravaged a beautiful Brahmin girls known as Hemvati, resulting in the birth of Chandravarman (the founder of the Chandela dynasty). Later, Chandravarman had a dream where his mother requested him to make a temple, which would reveal all aspects of the treasure of passion and erotic fantasy to the world.
Every evening an excellent 'Light and Sound' show in the grounds of the Western Group of Temples recreates the story of the Chandela Kings who built Khajuraho's temples. Set to the background tune of Indian classical music, the narration is in the voice of legendary Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan who represents a 'master sculptor'. His voice quality, intonation and accurate punctuations add an extra dimension to the show. Organized by the tourism department, the show is at once entertaining and informative. The show is held in Hindi and English. Highly recommended, not to be missed.
The Raneh Falls is a natural water fall on the Ken River, located in Chhatarpur district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The Ken River forms a 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long, and 30 metres (98 ft) deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colours ranging from pink and red to grey. There is a series of waterfalls in the canyon. The larger and smaller falls run all through the year. Other seasonal falls appear during monsoons. It is about 20 Kms away from Khajuraho. The Ken Gharial Sanctuary is located at the confluence of the Ken and Khudar rivers further down from Reneh Falls. The Pandav Falls in Panna National