Elegant Chaturbhuj Temple in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh || A beautiful temple standing tall among the green trees and lawns near Khajuraho

There are two main temples in the Southern Group of Temples in Khajuraho - Duladeo temple and Chaturbhuj Temple. The Duladeo temple is dedicated to Lord Shiv, whereas the Charturbhuj Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is also known as Chaturbhuj. This temple is also known as Jatakari temple as it is located in the village Jatakari near Khajuraho.

There are two main temples in the Southern Group of Temples in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - Duladeo temple and Chaturbhuj Temple. The Duladeo temple is dedicated to Lord Shiv, whereas the Charturbhuj Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is also known as Chaturbhuj. This temple is also known as Jatakari temple as it is located in the village Jatakari near Khajuraho.  


The Chaturbhuj temple is the only temple in Khajuraho that does not have erotic sculptures anywhere. The temple was built in the year 1100 CE by the King Yasovarman of Chandela Dynasty. The main idol in the sanctum of the temple is a 2.7m tall statue of the four-armed Lord Vishnu.   The temple stands on a modest podium (chabutara) and has a sanctum, vestibule, and Mandap. However, it lacks an ambulatory. The temple also has an small entrance porch. It has three bands of sculptures on its outer walls.

The Chaturbhuj temple is the only temple in Khajuraho that does not have erotic sculptures anywhere. The temple was built in the year 1100 CE by the King Yasovarman of Chandela Dynasty. The main idol in the sanctum of the temple is a 2.7m tall statue of the four-armed Lord Vishnu. 


The temple stands on a modest podium (chabutara) and has a sanctum, vestibule, and Mandap. However, it lacks an ambulatory. The temple also has an small entrance porch. It has three bands of sculptures on its outer walls. 


The temple is about 2.7kms from the Eastern Group of Temples. Overall almost all temples in khajuraho are located relatively close by. However, the state and width of roads vary. Sometimes you need to drive through fields or crowded villages, so distances may take longer or shorter to cover.   The Southern Group of temples is definitely worth a visit, but you will find several vendors selling memorabilia. When we visited in 2021, the country was still recovering from a vicious wave of Delta variant of Covid. And these vendors were in a desperate condition, unlike the relatively prosperous ones near the Western Group of Temples. I do hope their situations have improved now.

The temple is about 2.7kms from the Eastern Group of Temples. Overall almost all temples in khajuraho are located relatively close by. However, the state and width of roads vary. Sometimes you need to drive through fields or crowded villages, so distances may take longer or shorter to cover. 


The Southern Group of temples is definitely worth a visit, but you will find several vendors selling memorabilia. When we visited in 2021, the country was still recovering from a vicious wave of Delta variant of Covid. And these vendors were in a desperate condition, unlike the relatively prosperous ones near the Western Group of Temples. I do hope their situations have improved now. 

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