(Last Updated on : 09-03-2013)
Parvati Temple is located on the south west side of Vishwanath Temple; this temple enshrines goddess Parvati
as the consort of Lord Shiva. Parvati temple is also known for its architecture and sculptures. While some legends claim that this temple was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it was changed into the temple of Goddess Parvati so that it can be associated with the Temple of Lord Shiva
. Built with fine sculptures and painted in white this temple stands for its exemplary looks. Situated just besides the grandeur of Vishwanath temple this temple is decorated with the fine sculptures of Lord Shiva and his wedding with Goddess Parvati. The idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati reflect the typical Indo- Aryan sculptures that demarcate the specialty of Khajuraho Temples. This temple belongs to the Western Group of Temple Complex in Khajuraho
Parvati temple unlike other Khajuraho temples is hardly enamoured by elaborations. With its single dome and special curvatures this temple marks the heritage of khajuraho. This temple also has the deity of Goddess Ganga, the celestial river, who stands on a crocodile. The temple has heavily restored small sanctum. The porch is lost and of the sanctum only the plinth has survived.
The arch that is above sanctum door depicts sculptures of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. There are also erotic sculptures of couples can be seen on the front wall. However the side and back walls do not have any sculptures. The doorway belongs to a Vaishnava shrine as is indicated by an image of Vishnu on the middle of the lintel. The image in the sanctum represents Gauri with the godha as her vehicle.
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