About the Temple:
The Lakshmana Temple is nestled in the small village of Khajuraho which falls in Chattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh. Lakshmana temple is dedicated to Lord Vaikuntha-Vishnu. The temple houses the three-headed and four-armed idol of Vaikuntha Vishnu. The central head is of human, and rest of the two head depicts Lord Varaha and Lord Narshima, which are the manifestation of Lord Vishnu.
Temple Architecture and Temple History:
Lakshmana temple was built before AD 954 by Yashovarman, the seventh Chandella ruler. It is believed that it took 20 yrs to build this temple. The temple is a Sandhara temple of the Panchayatana variety. The entire temple complex stands on a high platform. The structure consists of all the elements of Hindu temple architecture. It has an ardh-mandapa, Mandapa, Maha-Mandapa, Antarala, and Garbhagriha.
The top view of temple sanctum appears like Pancha-ratha. The outer wall of the Lakshmana temple is exquisitely carved. There are two open mandapas in front of the temple. The one towards the south is known as the Varaha mandapa which has a huge image of the standing Varaha. The carved idol of Varah is placed along with the figures of more than 600 gods and goddesses. There is a reconstructed Devi mandapa which once housed an idol.
The temple has only one entrance on the east side, set at the top of the stairs. The porch has a toran or stone garland above the entrance. The porch wall has two rows of sculptures including divine figures and erotic scenes.
The sanctum doorway has seven vertical panels. The central panel is decorated with the various incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Lintel depicts goddess Lakshmi in the centre flanked by Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. The deity's alcove is raised above the floor level. The sanctum has dark interiors and it contains a large image of Lord Vaikuntha Vishnu.
The roofs of its 'maha-mandapa', 'mandapa' and the entrance porch are constructed in 'phamsana' style and is crowned by a prominent chime. The temple displays two sculptured friezes, of which one represents the Nine Planets with a large figure of Rahu, on the door-lintel.
How to Reach:
By Road: Khajuraho city is very well connected by road to other major cities of Madhya Pradesh.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Rajanagar which is 6 km away from the temple.
By Air: The nearby airport is Khajuraho airport which is 3 km away from the temple.