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  • 22 April, 2021

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Dekho Apna Desh Webinar on Khajuraho Temples

The Ministry of Tourism recently organized a webinar on “Khajuraho Temples of Architectural Splendour” under Dekho Apna Desh.

About Dekho Apna Desh webinar

  • Ministry of Tourism launched Dekho Apna Desh webinar series in April 2020.
  • Its objective is to create awareness about and promote various tourism destinations in India.
  • It is also an effort to showcase India’s rich diversity under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

About Khajuraho Temples:

  • Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh.
  • It was built by the Chandella rulers between AD 900 and 1130.
  • It is situated in within the Vindhya Mountain range in Central India.
  • The temple got the status of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1986.
  • The temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.
  • These temples are famous for intricate & exceptional carvings and surprising architectural skills.
  • The first documented mention of Khajuraho was made in 641 by Xuanzang, a Chinese pilgrim.
    • Later, Khajuraho temples also found mention by Abu Raihan al Biruni in AD 1022 and the Arab traveler Ibn Battuta in AD 1335.
  • Ministry of Tourism included Khajuraho Temples as one of the sites under the “Iconic Tourist Sites Initiative”.
    • Iconic Tourist Sites Initiative announced in Budget 2019-20.
    • It aims to develop the selected sites into world-class tourist destinations to serve as a model for other tourism sites.
  • The 10th-century Bhand Deva Temple in Rajasthan was built in the style of the Khajuraho monuments and is often referred to as ‘Little Khajuraho’.

Source: PIB


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