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Citragupta Temple

Citragupta Temple within the Western Temple Group

  • This four-portioned temple was built in the late 11th century and is the only temple at Khajuraho dedicated to the sun-god Surya. The inner sanctum is unique because it does not contain a circumambulatory path or other prominent features of typical inner sanctums at Khajuraho. Rather, the shrine is octagonal with an ornate sculptural program that emphasizes Surya and his chariot pulled by seven horses.
  • One of the most prominent features of this temple is the eleven-headed Vishnu whereby he is shown along with his ten incarnations. Overall, this temple is depicts Surya, the sun-god, as a type of devotee to Lord Vishnu since most of the non-erotic imagery is has a Vaishnava devotional sentiment.