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Inside Chathurbhuja temple at Khajuraho

Madhya Pradesh and the whole of India is simply proud of Khajuraho, a treasure land of architecture and sculptures. Built by the rulers of the Chandella dynasty, these temples are fine specimens of the medieval style of Indian architecture.

The Chathurbhuja temple belongs to the southern Group of temples at Khajuraho. This temple, which presumably dates back to the 1100th Century AD, is situated about 3 kms south of Khajuraho.

This is a modest temple and consists of a sanctum sanctorum carrying a simple Sikhara (spire), a vestibule, a mandapa (large hall), and porch.

Chathurbhuja is the only local temple, which doesn’t have erotic sculptures. There are three bands of sculptures in the temple. However, only those of the Vidyadharas (celestial beings) are more lively and expressive. Most of the other sculptures are stereotypes.

The sanctum sanctorum has the large image of Lord Vishnu. This 2.7 metre high, four-armed image is remarkable for its expression of transcendental bliss and calm.