Chaturbhuja Temple...Khajuraho series

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Chaturbhuja Temple is located near a village Jatakara at and is counted amongst the Southern Group of Temples in Khajuraho. temple is also known as Jatakari Temple on the name of the village. The temple faces west, unlike most of the Khajuraho temples, which are oriented to the east. This temple is dated to around 1100 AD. The main idol in the temple is of four-armed Lord Vishnu and is a sculptural delight. It is 2.7 meters (9 feet) in height. A unique Chandel temple in many ways. The idol is a mix of three deities, head of Shiv,Torso of Vishnu and beneath waist it represents Lord Krishna in 'tribhangi mudra'. The elaborated entrance through the doorway has beautifully carved figures of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The temple also possesses sculptures like Vishnu, Narasimhi, Surya, Lord Shiva and Ardhanarishvara. The three bands of temple are beautifully decorated with images of ashtavasus, dikhpalas, the recesses of mythical lions and nymphs. This is the only temple in Khajuraho which lacks erotic sculptures.