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Jagadambi Temple, Khajuraho

Known for its temples full of exquisite structures, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh attracts many visitors. There are 25 temples still surviving in this region, out of the 85 built by the Chandella rulers.

The Jagadambi temple belongs to the western group of temples in Khajuaraho. The temple is named after the image of goddess Parvati now enshrined in the temple. However, it is assumed that the temple was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The temple stands on a lofty platform and has three pairs of dwarapalaka (guards) sculptures round the maha mandapa (big hall). The maha mandapa has a square ceiling also.

The sculptures of the temple include some of the finest figures of gods and goddesses. An imposing sculpture of Yama, the god of death, is captivating. The sculptures of Sura Sundaris (heavenly beauties) and erotic couples can also be seen.

The Khajuraho group of temples has been included in the World Heritage List for their outstanding universal value and human creative genius.