It is considered one of the best examples of temples preserved from the medieval period in India.
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The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, one of the best examples of temples preserved from the medieval period in India,   is the largest of the western group of temples in the Khajuraho complex which was built by the Chandela rulers.
Shiva is the chief deity in the temple deified in the sanctum sanctorium. Vidhyadhara, also known as Bida in the recordings of the Muslim historian Ibn-al-Athir was a powerful ruler who fought Mahmud of Ghazni in the first offensive launched by the latter in Mahmud again waged war against Vidhyadhara in He attacked the fort of Kalinjar.
It was lifted and Mahmud and Vidhyadhara called a truce and parted by exchanging gifts. Epigraphic inscriptions on a pilaster of the mandapa in the temple mentions the name of the builder of the temple as Virimda, which is interpreted as the pseudonym of Vidhyadhara.
Right at the entrance there is toranaa very intricately carved garland which is sculpted from a single stone; such entrances are part of a Hindu wedding procession.
Finely chiseled, the decorative quality of the ornamentation with the sharp inscribed lines has "strong angular forms and brilliant dark-light patterns". The carvings are of circles, undulations giving off spirals or sprays, geometric patterns, masks of lions and other uniform designs which has created a pleasant picture that is unique to this temple, among all others in the complex.
The sanctum sanctorum is surrounded by interlinked passages which also have side and front balconies. Due to inadequate natural light in the balconies the sanctum has very little light thus creating a "cave like atmosphere" which is in total contrast to the external parts of the temple.
In the corners of the halls there are insets which are carved on the surface with incised patterns. The main tower is encircled by a series of interlinked towers and spires of smaller size.
Among the images of gods and heavenly beings, Agnithe god of fire is prominent. Some of these erotic sculptures are very finely carved and are in mithuna coitus postures with maidens flanking the couple, which is a frequently noted motif. There is also a "male figure suspended upside" in coitus posture, a kind of yogic pose, down on his head.
The seven fearful protector goddesses include:Mithuna subjects have never been taboo in Indian art, & a creative sensuousness has ever been regarded as an important source of energy – as much in religious & spiritual quest as in the quest for expression – in certain schools of Indian sadhana.
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Apr 09, · The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple (Devanagari: कंदारिया महादेव मंदिर, Kaṇḍāriyā Mahādeva Mandir), meaning "the Great God of the Cave", is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple in the medieval temple group found at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Standing Mahadeva Indian art is based on gods and goddesses of India.
The only proof of the existence of the god is the sculptures, which have been carved by the people for thousands of the years.
These sculptures tell us the story of the gods 3/5(1). The mission of the Heard Museum is to be the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.
Hindu temples are numerous in form, and probably evolved from a variety of sources, including the worship of natural sites, mounds, trees, due to the need for a place to conduct ritual practices and house images of deities.