Eastern Temples Group

Khajuraho – Javari Temple

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Dedicated to Vishnu, the Javari Temple is part of the eastern group and is situated 200m south of the Vamana Temple, surrounded by fields, trees and grazing cattle.

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The name ‘Javari’ given to this shrine is a local variation that derives from the word ‘javara’, meaning ‘millet’, which is grown in the surrounding fields.

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Javari is a small but well proportioned temple, consisting of a sanctum, vestibule mandapa and portico, and a wonderful soaring sikhara. There is no ambulatory.

There are three bands of ornate carvings on the exterior, but the highlight of this temple has to be the ornate makara-torana (gateway) that greets any visitor approaching the interior.

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Housed within the tiny sanctum is the now headless image of Vishnu.

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Architecturally there are many similarities between the Javari and Chaturbhuj temples, which broadly gives us a construction date of 1075 – 1100 A.D.

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As always, remember to look up when exploring these wonderful temples ! 🙂

 

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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