We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kandariya Mahadev Temple

Western Temples, Khajuraho, India
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 34 Attractions in Khajuraho
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
43 visitor photos
Write a Review

59 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This temple is the most inspiring and beautiful of the remarkable Khajuraho temples. It has a set of spires, each one higher than the next, and the base is covered with beautiful and interesting statues and carvings.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
51 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Western group is the largest and most iconic among the 3. There are 10 temples within the compound, of which 'Kandariya Mahadeo' dedicated to lord Shiva is the tallest and most magnanimous. The peaks towering 31m high resemble the mighty Himalayas, the sculptors have gone to great length to bring life to these stones. Every inch of the temple compound... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
729 reviews 729 reviews
419 attraction reviews
437 helpful votes 437 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Take your time to really admire the effort which has been expended on the carvings. Whilst the erotic carvings will certainly be of interest, the entire selection is really quite remarkable. You need to bring a decent camera in order to get good photos of the carvings: iphone isn't going to cut it for decent close-ups.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New Delhi, India
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
68 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is the biggest temple in western group of temples in Khajuraho.Only western group of temples are worthwhile visiting.This is temple built in 1000 to 1100 AD and is well maintained by Govt of India.The exterior is full of beautiful sculptures.If you want to enjoy details of what is depicted on exterior and interior of these temples best thing to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
52 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Since the temple is considered very Sacred and is located next to the Western Group of temples, one must find time and visit the temple.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Mumbai (Bombay), India
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

One of the best sights at the Western group of temples at Khajuraho has got to be the Kandariya Mahadev temples for its intrinsic work and ornamented patterns of designs on the exterior of this majestic shrine. The temple is well maintained and depicts all sorts of gods ,goddesses and nymphs in different positions.This is definitely a great sight for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
414 reviews 414 reviews
263 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is one of the big temples in the Khajuraho group of temples. It is on a huge platform and has lot of columns and brackets with beautiful sculptures. See each of the sculptures and also Mahadev inside the temple.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Warren, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
734 reviews 734 reviews
426 attraction reviews
2,191 helpful votes 2,191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

All of the temples at Khajuraho are awe-inspiring. There are about 25 remaining out of 85 built at the height of the Chandela Dynasty. Today, they wait majestically for visitors in a beautiful park-like setting. The Kandarariya Mahadev Temple is located toward the back of the park and is absolutely remarkable for its classic form and utterly perfect dimensions. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Delhi, India
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Not well kept as good as Western Group. However, must see. Better to take a Guide along to get to know the intricacies. You can hire an auto for full day. Will cost your 350 - 400 rupees. woth every paisa.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Baltimore, Maryland
Top Contributor
231 reviews 231 reviews
168 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Paying a small fee to enter (250 INR), and walk amongst the beautiful temples, this particular temple is at the back side of the park, and the most amazing one, in my opinion, just gorgeous to look and marvel at. In my opinion anybody visiting will not be disappointed especially if you like history, from over 1,000 years. I would... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Kandariya Mahadev Temple also viewed

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Been to Kandariya Mahadev Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Kandariya Mahadev Temple, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing