Chandela Dynasty Essay

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• The Chandela or Chandel is an Indian royal Rajput clan found in Central and north-west India. A section of the Chandelas which was also known as Chandela Dynasty ruled much of the Bundelkhand region of central India for long periods between the 10th and the 13th centuries AD. • The Chandel dynasty is famous in Indian history for Maharaja Rao Vidyadhara, who repulsed the attacks of Mahmud of Ghazni. His love for sculptures is shown in the world heritage site temples of Khajuraho and Kalinjar fort. • In modern times, the Chandela Rajputs are found in large numbers in India and are Hindu as well as Sikh in their religious faith. • The word Chandela is an evolute of Chandratreya, combination of two words indicating the lineage Chandra vamsa and Atreya gotra. • Khajuraho Group of Monuments: • The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. About 620 kilometres (385 mi) southeast of New Delhi, they are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their Nagarastyle architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD, during the Chandella dynasty. Historical records note that Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometers. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometers. Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art. The Khajuraho group of temples were built together but were dedicated to two schools of Hinduism and to Jainism - suggesting a tradition of acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains. • • • LOCATION OF KHAJURAHO IN CHANDELA EMPIRE • The Khajuraho group of monuments were

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