Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho

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Lakshmana Temple
Lakshmana temple at Khajuraho
Lakshmana temple at Khajuraho
DistrictChattarpur, Khajuraho[1]
DeityVaikuntha Vishnu[1]
StateMadhya Pradesh
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho is located in Madhya Pradesh
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho
Location in Madhya Pradesh
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho is located in India
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho (India)
Geographic coordinates24°51′7.7″N 79°55′18.1″E / 24.852139°N 79.921694°E / 24.852139; 79.921694Coordinates: 24°51′7.7″N 79°55′18.1″E / 24.852139°N 79.921694°E / 24.852139; 79.921694
CreatorYashovarman,[1] (Chandella Ruler)
Completedc. 930 – c. 950 CE[1]
Temple(s)1 (+4 small temples on corners)

The Lakshmana Temple is a 10th-century Hindu temple built by Yashovarman [2] located in Khajuraho, India. Dedicated to Vaikuntha Vishnu - an aspect of Vishnu.[1]


This temple is located in the Western Temple complex in Khajuraho.[1] Khajuraho is a small village in Chattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, India


It is a Sandhara[1] Temple of the Panchayatana[1] Variety. The entire temple complex stands on a high platform (Jagati), as seen in image. The structure consists of all the elements of Hindu temple architecture. It has entrance porch[1] (ardh-mandapa), Mandapa,[1] Maha-Mandapa,[1] Antarala and Garbhagriha.

Unlike other temples in Khajuraho, its sanctum is Pancharatha on plan (top-view). Its shikhara is clustered with minor urushringas (refer images of temple top i.e. shikhara).

The wall portion is studded with balconied windows with ornate balustrades. It has two rows of sculptures (refer images of temple's outer wall) including divine figures, couples and erotic scenes. The sanctum doorway is of seven sakhas (vertical panels).[1] The central one being decorated with the ten incarnation of Vishnu. The Lintel depicts goddess Lakshmi[1] in the centre flanked by Brahma and Vishnu. The sanctum contains four-armed sculpture of Vishnu. One of the niches has the image of the sculptor and his disciples at work.[3]


Main Idol[edit]

Main Idol (Tri-Headed Vishnu), Lakshman Temple, Khajuraho India

Main image is of tri-headed & four-armed sculpture of Vaikuntha Vishnu.[1]

The central head is of human,[1] and two sides of boar[1] (depicting Varaha) and lion[1] (depicting Narashima).

Outer Wall Sculpture[edit]

Sculptures inside temple[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) - Lakshmana Temple". Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Retrieved 21 March 2012.
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  3. ^ Ramakrishna, Lalitha (September 2018). "Grand temples of Madhya Pradesh". Tattvaloka. Sringeri: Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal Educational Trust. XLI (6): 47–52. ISSN 0970-8901.

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