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Chitragupta Temple

Chitragupta Temple is an ancient shrine situated close to the Jagadamabi Temple, at Khajuraho, in Madhya Pradesh. The temple enshrines an impressive 5 ft high image of Lord Surya in a standing posture driving a chariot of seven horses.

This temple, dating back to 11th century, faces eastwards to the rising sun. The lintel of the ornate doorway depicts three similar but smaller figures of Lord Surya as depicted in the main sanctum. The temple walls are exquisitely carved with some of the finest figures of sura-sundaris, erotic couples and gods including an eleven-headed Lord Vishnu (in the central niche of the south façade) with the central head of Vishnu and the remaining heads representing Dashavatar (the ten incarnations). Chitragupta Temple shows great resemblance with the Jagadambi Temple, but more ornate and developed than it.

The ancient three-storied stepped tank, known as ‘Chopra’, situated to the north-west of the temple, is worth visiting.

Harpalpur Railway Station (94 km) and Mahoba Railway Station (61 km) are the closest railway stations.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Chhatarpur
Location: Khajuraho    


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