Major Wonders of India

Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, the ancient Kharjjura-vahaka represent today a distinct pattern of art and temple architecture of its own reminding one of the rich and creative period it witnessed during the Chandella rule. It was the principal seat of authority of the Chandella rulers who adorned it with numerous tanks, scores of lofty temples of sculptural grace and architectural splendour. The local tradition lists eighty-five temples but now only twenty-five are standing examples in various stages of preservation. But for Chausath-Yogini, Brahma and Mahadeva which are of granite, all the other temples are of fine grained sandstone, buff, pink or pale yellow in colour.

Yasovarman (AD 954) built the temple of Vishnu, now famous as Lakshmana temple is an ornate and evolved example of its time proclaiming the prestige of the Chandellas.

The Visvanatha, Parsvanatha and Vaidyanatha temples belong to the time of king Dhanga, the successor of Yasovarman. The Jagadambi, Chitragupta, are noteworthy among the western group of royal temples of Khajuraho. The largest and grandest temple of Khajuraho is the immortal Kandariya Mahadeva which is attributed to king Ganda (AD 1017-29).

The sculptural embellishments include, besides the cult images; parivara, parsva, avarana devatas, dikpalas, the apsarases and sura-sundaris which win universal admiration for their delicate, youthful female forms of ravishing beauty. The attire and ornamentation embrace the winsome grace and charm.

The recent excavation at Bija Mandal in Jatkara near Khajuraho has revealed the remains of a huge temple base datable to 11th century A.D. which extends over 4m than the largest known temple (Kandariya Mahadeo Temple). An exquisite image of Sarasvati was also found from here.

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan
Jaisalmer Fort, located in district Jaisalmer of Rajasthan State comprises approximately 8 hectares of land area with the buffer zone having an additional area of 89 Hectares. It is situated on Trikuta Hill rising 76 meters above the surrounding plain.

The solitary haveli of this neighborhood, also known as the 'Royal House' and presently known as 'Suraj Haveli', dates back to 1526 AD. During the reign of Maharawal Bhim (1577 - 1613 AD), two ornamental gateways Suraj prole and Hawa prole were added to the original gateway, Ganesh prole.
The royal palaces were further extended and as the load on the original construction increased, it is believed that one of the palace walls cracked.As a result, Hawa prole, was built; which acts as a separation between the royal palaces, yet connects them at the top levels. The Hindu Vaishnava temples were also built around this time. The oldest, Shiv temple, presently called the Ratneshwar Mahadeo temple, dates back to 1490 AD. The other temples, Sh. Laxmi Nath temple and Surya temple date back to 1494 and 1496 AD respectively.
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