The temple takes its name from kandara or cave and Mahadeva, another name for Shiva. Like many other temples in the Khajuraho complex, it has a linear series of access-steps facing the east-west directions. Other features are columned halls with balconies, an entrance porch, and the inner sanctum. Decorating the sides of the temple are over 646 statues. At the top of the shikhara is the amalaka, a circular ring motif common in North Indiantemple architecture. The erotic figures do not span the whole temple and are not to be found among the 226 found inside. The temple includes some of the most energetic eroticism to be seen at khajuraho.