Kandariya Mahadeva Temple

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Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India; c.1050

The temples at Khajuraho were built when the place was a capital city – the royal seat of the Chandela kings of Madhya Pradesh in central India. The Chandelas founded the city in the ninth century but had moved away by the fourteenth, and Khajuraho is now much depleted: a town with 10,000 inhabitants and India’s finest collection of 1000-year-old monuments.

The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the culmination of a line of artistic development, and displays an astonishing level of formal control and sophistication, not to mention a huge amount of work lavished on a relatively small ...

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