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Matangeshwar temple is a ninth century temple. Chandra dev of the Chandela dynasty built the temple. The king was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva
is considered as the venerated sage Matang and that's how the name of the Shiva Lingam was Matangeswarar.
Matangeshwar temple is located in the western group of temples. It was built in the early tenth century. It is also one of the oldest temples of Madhya Pradesh
. The shrine is eight feet high that is made of shiny yellow limestone. It is considered as the holiest of the temples of Khajuraho. This temple has some of the largest Shiva lingams of India. The shrine is eight feet high which is made up of shiny yellow limestone. There is a small Ganesh at upper right, and a large image of a Goddess with two smaller attendant deities were set up on the path toward the temple.
This temple is also known as Mrityunjaya Mahadeo. Unusual like other temples of Khajuraho the exterior and interior of this temple along with its pillars is not decorated with sculptures but the ceiling is overlapped with sculptures. This is one of the holiest temples of central India which is revered by a number of devotees. The temple is more than 1100 years old. The south of this temple is an open air archaeological museum that has a beautiful displayed collection of statues and friezes collected from that area.
A large number of devotees flock the Matangeshwar Temple and worship throughout the night on the occasion of Shivaratri
. There is the 10-day-long fair that witness the participation of traders, peddlers and gypsies from other parts of the state. Varieties of handicrafts, rural circus show, magic shows and folk theatre are exhibited.
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