Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986)
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India 1999. Khajuraho Millennium.

India 1965. Mediaeval Sculpture in Khajuraho. Chandella carving. Woman writing a letter.

The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; they fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions – Hinduism and Jainism. 

They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. 

  • India 1999. Khajuraho Millennium. Sculpture of erotic nature, as it seems to be prevalent in Khajuraho. 

  • India 1965. Mediaeval Sculpture in Khajuraho. Chandella carving. Woman writing a letter.

Just like people's perception of Taj Mahal changes after seeing it in reality, the feeling one gets at the Khajuraho temples is totally different from one's expectation. The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and the same object may appear differently to different people. A maiden may appear as a mother to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, as a sister to Swamy Vivekananda, as a daughter to an elderly person and as a lover to a romantic. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in India (on this website). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, India-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

 

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