Lakshamana Temple...Khajuraho

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Lakshmana Temple in Khajuraho is categorized under the Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh). This well-preserved temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. According to the inscription, Lakshmana Temple was built a Chandela ruler by King Yasovarman in the 10th century A.D.Its framework comprises an entrance porch, a mandapa, antrala, maha-mandapa and garbha graha. The rectangular frame of Lakshmana Temple is unique and features subsidiary shrines at the four corners of its platform. The most interesting attribute of the temple is the sanctum which is in the form of a chariot also referred to as the Pancharatha. The sanctum enshrines a three-headed and four-armed image of Vaikuntha Vishnu with a human central head and the side-heads of boar and lion. This Vishnu image was brought from Tibet. The pradkshina path is around the sanctum and is decorated with sculpture all over it. The Lakshmana Temple faces east and the temple stands on a platform which has sculptures depicting court scenes, erotic sculptures, marching armies,elephants and horsemen in procession.The temple's architecture is simply marvellous and its exterior wall exhibits images of over 600 figures. The temple is beautifully decorated with sculptures and the full figures of different forms of women with ornate jewellery.