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]