Vamana Temple Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh


Built during the Chandela dynasty around circa 1050-75

The Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

Built during the Chandela dynasty around circa 1050-75, the Vamana Temple is another example of brilliant temple architecture, falling under the Eastern group of the Khajuraho temples. Dedicated to Vamana, the fifth incarnation of Vishnu and also the first incarnation where Vishnu came in a full human form (in the the form of a dwarf brahmin).

Legend says that Vamana came to earth to give back the authority of the celestial world back to Lord Indra, after the benevolent Asura King, Bali, took over the control of all the three worlds, viz. heaven, earth and the underworld.

The exterior of the Vamana Temple has double walls with intricate carvings of apsaras in various sensual poses or other carvings depicting everyday life, like musicians, dancers, women preening in front of a mirror, etc.

The main doorway is carved with four armed Vamans. The temple is a sandstone structure with mortise and tenon joints to hold the adjacent stones together. Quite similar to the five section plan of the other temples in the area, the vamana temple has a central chamber-the sanctum, an atrium, a mahamandapa, a central towering spire – shikhara and a porch leading to the main temple entrance. There are even framed niches studded with diamonds instead of sculptures

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