Khajuraho, the name synonymous with rich artistic heritage and exquisite architectural endowment of India, is one of the cardinal tourists’ destinations we must visit at least once in a lifetime. Renowned for its sensuous erotic sculptures revealing the fundamental truth of nature as well as creative adroitness of master craftsmen beckon myriads of voyagers every year. The statues and sculptures of 22 temples of Khajuraho are sure to leave the beholders awe struck.
The Khajuraho Dance Festival celebrated between 25th of February and 2nd of March every year is the major attraction of this heritage hub. This dance consort is held at the open-air auditorium located in front of the Vishwanatha Temple and the Chitragupta Temple. This weeklong dance festival is celebrated every year regularly since 2002. Great and renowned dancers from all over India arrive here to participate in this festival and present the performances of various India classical dances in the ‘Durbar’ of Hindu and Jain deities. Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Manipuri, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Kathakali are the noteworthy classical dances of India that are performed at the time of Khajuraho Dance Festival.
Mahashivratri is the major religious festival of Khajuraho which marks the occasion of Lord Shiva’s marriage with Goddess Parvati. The Shiva Lingam of Kandariya Mahadeo temple is dressed in white and saffron dhotis and decorated like a bride groom. The wedding ceremony continues for the whole night and the sanctum of the temple is filled with the chanting of hymns and prayers.
Other than witnessing the marvel of art, vacationists also enjoy shopping and relishing typical Madhya Pradesh cuisine. Namkeen, Shikanji, Sabudana ki Khichadi, popular deserts like, cashew burfi, lavang lata, jalebi, khurma, moong dal ka halwa, kusli etc. are special delicacies of Khajuraho. One can buy articles and souvenirs like Silver, Brass, Iron and Stone sculptures depicting different poses from Kama Sutra, Sand Stone statues, Gold and Silver ornaments, Tribal jewelries, Bamboo articles, handicrafts, Dhokra arts, metal wares, Chanderi, Maheshwari and silk saris, Dabu, Batik, Bagh, block and wood block print cloths, Zardosi work, woolen carpets, leather craft, bedspreads, etc. from here for their near and dear ones.