Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India (Where Gumbo was #250); DrFumblefinger; Travel Gumbo

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India -Khajuraho Group of Monuments

Gumbo was visiting the Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Central India  Congratulations to GeorgeG, Professor Abe, PortMoresby and Bob Cranwell, who solved this week’s travel puzzle.

Khajuraho is a co-mingled grouping of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India.  The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the temple collection is especially well-known for its erotic sculptures and architecture.

Most of the temples in Khajuraho were built between 950 and 1050 AD during the Chandela dynasty.  It’s thought that the grouping consisted of 85 temples when the region reached its peak of activity in the 12th century; currently only 25 temples remain.   These temples vary tremendously in size from tiny to enormous!    The most visited temple, Kandariya Mahadev, has an area of about 6,500 square feet and a spire that rises 116 feet.  The temples all face the rising sun and are built near water.

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