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Chitragupta temple

11.04.2010 / last updated: 19.11.2010

The Chitragupta temple

The temple closley resembles Jagadambi temple and consists of a sanctum (Garbhagriha) without ambulatory, a vestibule (Antarala), a Maha Mandapa with lateral transepts and an entrance porch (Ardha Mandapa). The main image in the sanctum is an impressive sculpture of Surya (the sun god) standing in a chariot, driven by seven horses. This is the only temple in Khajuraho dedicated to Surya.

The temple walls are carved with some of the finest figures of Sura-Sundaris, erotic couples and gods, including an eleven headed Vishnu in the central niche of the south facade.

Stylistically Chitragupta temple can be placed between Visvanatha and Kandariya Mahadeva Temple.

[source: archaeological survey of india]