India

Khajuraho – Parvati Temple

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A short distance from Chitragupta and south west of the Vishvanath Temple is a small shrine known as the Parvati Temple.

Heavily restored and further work currently in progress in early 2018, the porch has been completely lost and only the plinth survives of the sanctum.

It now houses an image of the goddess Parvati, standing on a godha (iguana), with Vishnu crowning the sanctum doorway.

With all the restoration in progress I didn’t get to see the temple up close.

The primary reason I have gone to the lengths of documenting this temple at Khajuraho is the widespread incorrect identification of the Parvati Temple. A short distance away is the Pratapeshwar Temple, the newest within the Western Group compound, which architecturally is very different from anything else here – hardly surprising as it was constructed over 800 years later in the 19th century !

Most of my google searches for the Parvati Temple at Khajuraho incorrectly show images of the Pratapeshwar Temple, this even extends to Wikipedia unfortunately. It just goes to show how such errors can proliferate, so I’m doing my little bit to try and put the record straight 🙂

 

Group Khajuraho Monuments
Western Lakshmana Varaha Kandariya Mahadeva Mahadeva Shrine ♦ Jagadambi Chitragupta Parvati Vishvanatha Nandi Pratapeshwar Bhairava Statue MatangeshvaraChausath YoginiLalguan Mahadeva Chopra Tank
Eastern Hanuman  Brahma  Vamana  Javari  Ghantai  Adinatha  Parshvanatha  Shantinatha
Southern Duladeo  Chaturbhuj Bijamandal

 

 


 

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