hall, a sanctum and a vestibule.
Images of Gods and Goddesses: The images of Gods and Goddesses at
the Khajuraho temples represent the various manisfestations of Shakti and
Shiva, or the Yin and Yang, the female and male principles.
Division of temples: The Khajuraho cluster of temples are divided into
three groups – Western, Eastern and Southern.
Rediscovery of temples: The temples that were built during the medieval
period were later rediscovered only in the 20th century, after which they
have been preserved.
10. High point of architectural genius: The temples of Khajuraho are
believed to be the high point of Indian architectural genius during the
Early History The Kalachuris, also known as the Haihayas, have been
referred to in the Epics and the Puranas. When they became associated with
Chedi country, they were also known as the Chedis. Their earliest seat of
power was possibly at Mahishmati on the Narmada.
In the second half of the sixth century AD the Kalachuris emerged as a
political power and their kingdom comprised Gujarat, northern Maharashtra
and even parts of Malwa. Three Kalachuri kings—Krishnaraja, his son
Sankaragana and the latter’s son Buddharaja—were known to have ruled
between 550–620. They had to contend with the two powerful neighbours—
the Maitrakas of Valabhi and the Chalukyas of Badami. But the Kalachuris
continued to exist as families of some importance in eastern Malwa and the
neighbouring regions and established matrimonial relations with the Eastern
and Western Chalukya princes.
Kalachuris of Tripuri In the 8th century, several branches of the
Kalachuris were settled in different parts of northern India. One of them
founded a principality in Sarayupara in the modern Gorakhpur district and the
other, the most powerful, ruled in the Chedi country in Bundelkhand. The
Kalachuris of Chedi, also known as kings of ‘Dahala-mandala’ had their
capital at Tripuri, near Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.