Chitragupta Temple, Khajuraho

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The Chitragupta temple is an 11th century temple of Surya (sun god) in the Khajuraho town of Madhya Pradesh, India. Architecturally, it is very similar to the nearby Jagadambi temple.HistoryBased on the epigraphic evidence, the construction of the temple can be dated to 1020-1025 CE. It was probably consecrated on 23 February 1023 CE, on the occasion of Shivaratri.The temple has been classified as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India.ArchitectureThe Chitragupta temple is very similar to the nearby Jagadambi temple. It has a sanctum with a circumambulatory path, a vestibule, a maha-mandapa (large hall) with transepts, and an entrance porch. The large hall has an octagonal ceiling, which is more ornate than the corresponding ceiling in the Jagadambi temple. This suggests that the Chitragupta temple was constructed slightly later than the Jagadambi temple. The building has two balconies, and the ascending scale of the roof is not as impressive as that of the larger temples in Khajuraho.SculpturesThe temple's sanctum has a partially broken 2.1m tall statue of Surya riding a chariot of seven horses. He is shown standing, dressed in an armoured coat and boots, and holding lotus flowers. The door lintel of the sanctum also features three similar, but smaller, images of Surya.
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  • Quite a sizeable part of the temple has been renovated. People say that the top dome of the structure was destroyed after a lightning strike. The temple is dedicated to Surya (sun). It is also in the ...  more »
  • As usual the sculpture needs to be appreciated. There is a big Surya on 7 Horses. Surya is as big as a normal person, may be 5 feet or more. I think the 11 headed Vishnu is seen in this temple. Not on...  more »
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  • Chitragupta Temple, an integral part of the Khajuraho Temples, is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya). This temple is located about 91 m towards the north of the Jagadambi Temple and 183 metres southeast of an ancient tank, known as Chopra. Architecturally, the plan and design of this temple consists of a maha - manda, entrance porch, vestibule and a sanctum. Inside the sanctum, visitors can see an attractive idol of God Surya riding a chariot, drawn by seven horses. Three similar figures are also carved on the lintel of the doorway. The octagonal ceiling of the maha- mandapa is one of its most striking features of the temple. On the walls, you can see beautiful carvings of sura-sundaris and couples in erotic poses. Images of eleven-headed God Vishnu also adorn the walls of the temple
  • "One of the most unique, this temple has beautiful depictions of hunting and elephant fights."
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