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Matangeshwar Temple, Khajuraho

Matangeshwar Temple Overview

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated outside the ASI compound it boasts of an eight-feet-high lingam and draws large crowds during Mahashivratri. It has one of the largest lingams in North India, made in highly polished yellow sandstone. Morning and evening aarti hours are a good time to visit this temple. The Matangeshvara or Mrityunjaya Mahadeo (The great Lord who has conquered death) is one of the earliest temples to be built at Khajuraho. The exterior and interior of the temple, as well as the pillars are without carvings but the ceilings is formed of overlapping concentric courses. The matangeshvara is one of the holiest temples of Khajuraho. Standing next to the Lakshmana Temple, this temple is not within the fenced enclosure because it is still in everyday use, unlike all the other old Khajuraho temples. It may be the plainest temple here but inside it sports a polished lingam, 2.5m high.

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