Dated to around 995 A.D. during the reign of the Chandela king Dhanga, this Jain temple is named after ‘Ghanta’ (meaning ‘bell’), as many of the pillars are carved with hanging bell motifs.
Dedicated to Vishnu and built 1075 – 1100 A.D, the Javari Temple is situated 200m south of the Vamana Temple surrounded by fields, trees and grazing cattle.
Just 200m north-east beyond the so-called Brahma Temple, this temple is dedicated to Vamana, the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This is the first incarnation where Vishnu came in a full human form, as a dwarf Brahmin.
The Brahma Temple at Khajuraho is positioned on the banks of the Khajur Sagar tank, a pretty spot with the village as a backdrop. This humble little temple holds a bit of a surprise within, which I will come to shortly…
The 2.5m high image of the monkey god, coated in red lead paint similar to the statue of Bhairava, has a short dedicatory inscription on the pedestal dated to the year 316 of the Harsha era. This equates to the year 922 A.D. in our calendar, making this statue one of the earliest inscribed images of Hanuman to be found anywhere in India.
Located on the shore of Lalguansagar Lake, 600m west of Chausath Yogini Temple, Lalguan Mahadeva is the least visited and most remote temple in the western group at Khajuraho.
Situated away from but still classified as part of the western group of temples at Khajuraho, Chausath Yogini is a unique open-air sanctuary. It is considered to be one of the earliest shrines in Khajuraho, dating to around 885 A.D.
Outside the fenced enclosure of the western group of temples at Khajuraho, on the way to the Matangeshvara Temple, is the 2m high colossal statue of Bhairava, Lord Shiva as “The Protector”.