OF MADHYA PRADESH
The most famous architectural style of Khajuraho temples is one
of his own kind. The temples are built from east to west and have
three main compartments- the entrance (ardha mandapa), assembly
hall (mandapa) and an inner sanctum (garbhagriha). The temples are
divided into three geographical groups: Western, eastern and southern.
The western group is the most famous and the most typical of the
Khajuraho temples. Kandariya Mahadeo is the main temple here. The
shrine has an exquisitely carved entrance arch with a multitude
of themes celestial beings, lovers, serenading museums- movements
captured in stone and frozen in time, yet retaining the warmth of
pulsating life. The stone seems to have taken on the sensuousness
of the carved figures. The oldest surviving shrine is the Chaunsat
Yogini. One of the three granite temples, this one is dedicated
to Godess Kali but the image has not survived. The Chitragupta Temple
is dedicated to Sun God. A seven-horsed chariot drives the imposing
five feet idol. The Vishwanath temple has an impressive three-headed
image of Lord Brahma. The exteriors are profusely carved and facing
the shrine is a Nandi temple with a massive 6 ft high Nandi Bull.
There are few Vaishnavite temples like those of Lakshmana and Varaha
temples. Eastern group consists of Jain and Hindu temples mainly.
The sculptures on the northern outer wall makes Parsavanath temple
finest in the group. The carvings are timeless, of a women bending
thoughtfully over a letter, a damsel removing a thorn from her foot.
The other Jain temples are Ghantai, Adinath temple. This group also
has three Hindu temple- Brahma, Vamana and Javari temples. Southern
group of temples are five kms from the Khajoraho village. Chaturbhuj
temple has a massive, intricately carved image of Vishnu. Duladeo
temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
13 km from Jakhlaun railway station on the Jhansi-babina Passenger train route, is situated the fort of the God, Deogarh. It is on the right bank of the Betwa River at the western end of the Lalitpur range of hills. The fort is entered though a corbelled gateway in the outer wall. A path has been cleared through the undergrowth and broken statuary lies scattered about. Within the fort is a remarkable group of 31 Jain Temples. The site was a Jain center from the 8th to the 17th centuries. Within the temples are panels depicting scenes from Jain mythology, tirthankara images, Manasthamba or votive pillars, Ayagpattas or votive tablets, Sarvatobhadra Pratima's or Jain images visible from all sides and Sahasrakuta's or pillars carved with a thousand Jin figures. Most important among the group are temples No.11 and 12, the Santinath temple. Among other important structures at deogarh are the Varah temple, the rock cut cave-Siddha-ki-Gufa, Rajghati and the Naharghati. The jewel of Deogarh, however is in a field by a well close to the banks of the Betwa. This is the Dashavatar Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It belongs to the Gupta period and is dated to about the 6th century AD. It is the earliest known Panchayatan temple of north India. It bears an inscription attributable to Govinda, Viceroy of Malwa and brother of the great Kumaragupta I. A row of superbly sculpted panels adorns the terraced basement which rises above the high plinth of the temple. A doorway with intricately carved figures of Ganga and Yamuna leads to the garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum. The temple is particularly well known for its Rathika panels in recesses along its three sidewalls.
These fine stone reliefs depict scenes from Vaishnava mythology, and are identified as the Gajendra Moksh panel, Nar-Narayan Tapasya and the Anantasayi Vishnu. Only the lower portion remains of the shikhar, once the most important part of the temple. The gupta age, because of its superb sculptures, is "in the annals of classical India almost what the Periclean age is in the history of Greece". The beauty of the images at Deogarh carved out of granite and red or gray sandstone bear testimony to this.
The nearest Airport is at Gwalior, which is 235 km to Deogarh. The nearest railway station is Jakhlaun is about 13 km and another station is Lalitpur, which is 23 km away for Deogarh. It is connected with bus services to all important centers in the region. Some of the major road distances are: Jhansi 123 km, Katia 147km, Lalitpur- 23km, Matatila- 93km.
Omkareshwar is one of the Jyotirlingam at the Siva temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata, among the twelve jyotirlingam in India. It is situated at the confluence of the Narmada and Kaveri rivers. Though this island has foliage of Hindu and Jain temples, another extravagant sight is the Siddhnath temple, which is a marvel of early medieval architecture. The island temple presents a very picturesque sight and are well worth visiting. Accommodation can be sought in many Dharamshalas and Holkar Guest House.
There are local buses for Omkareshwar from Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa. OmkareshwarRoad, on Ratlam-Indore- Khandwa line, is the nearest railway station. Omkareshwar itself is 12 km from here by road.