Duladeo Temple

The Duladeo temple, also called Kunwar Math, is notable for being the latest temple of Khajuraho. Dedicated to Siva, it is nirandhara temple and consists of a sanctum, vestibule, maha-mandapa and porch. On plan and in design, it has some features common with the developed medieval temples of the Deccan and western India, though its scheme of ornamentation is typical of Khajuraho. While its sikhara is of the usual developed form, clustered round by three rows of minor sikharas, its maha-mandapa shows some peculiarities of design and decoration. The maha-mandapa hall is remarkably large and octagonal showing twenty apsaras brackets, grouped in bunches of two or three an butting against its corbelled circular ceiling. Even in respect o plastic style and decoration, the Duladeo has many individual features which distinguish it from the rest of the Khajuraho temples. While the dancing apsarases of its interior and the flying vidyadharas on the top row of its facades show vigorous tension and dynamic movement, its elaborately-crowned and heavily ornamented apsarases forming the brackets of the maha-mandapa and porch and the river-goddesses of the doorway, standing under umbrellas are decorated with pompons. While some figures on this temple are of an exceptional artistic merit, the plastic treatment has on the whole, become regid, and, in many cases, lacks depth of relief, which is evident on a majority of the apsaras-figures of the exterior. On the basis of palaeography and style the temple is datable to circa A.D. 1000-1150.
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F.3-66/52 A2, dt. 4/11/1952 vide SRO 1999 pub dt. 6/12/1952 pdf View F.3-66/52 A2 SRO 865, dt. 30/4/1953 pdf View
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Khajuraho Rajnagar Chhatarpur M.P.