Sunday, December 3, 2023
Khajuraho Dance Festival

Place : Khajuraho, Bundalkhand, Madhya Pradesh
Venue : Western Group of temples, Khajuraho
Date : February
Schedule 2020

The small village of Khajuraho situated in the northernmost part of Madhya Pradesh, lies 395 Km southeast of Agra. Once the religious capital of Chandela dynasty, one of the powerful Rajput dynasties of Central India, Khajuraho is now famous for it's enchanting temples and it's legendary Khajuraho dance festival. The week- long festival of classical dances is held every year in February/March against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit temples. 

The temples, classified into three groups-the western group, the eastern group, and the southern group are beautifully sculptured in stone and more than a thousand years old. The sculptures reflect mainly the life, moods and religious faith of that time. 

This cultural festival highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field. Modern Indian dance has also been added recently. The dances are performed in an open air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, belonging  to the western group. Along with the renowned performers, a number of craftsmen display their crafts to the visitors. There is an open market where local articles are there for sale. Khajuraho Dance Festival is conducted as a celebration of the cultural heritage of Khajuraho temples and preserving it for the coming generation.

Besides enthralling the vast audience with dance performances by new or younger artistes, the 43rd edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival (2017) opened gates to aspiring sculptors and artists within India and from foreign lands, and set up an 'Art Mart' at the venue. Be it an authentic food festival, crafts & handloom from different places for people to buy or workshops by traditional artisans where you can partake in making a product, the Dance Festival has something for everyone.

How to get there

The access to Khajuraho is by air, rail and road. Khajuraho is 395km from Agra, 117 km from Satna, 175 km from Jhansi, 350 km from Bhopal, 280 km from Gwalior, 480 km from Indore, 210 km from Jabalpur.

There are regular flights linking Khajuraho with Delhi (35 minutes), Agra (40 minutes), and Varanasi (45 minutes). 
Rail: There is no direct train to Khajuraho. The most convenient station is Jhansi(175km), which is linked to Delhi and other major northern cities. Satna(117km) is another convenient railway head for those coming from Mumbai, Calcutta and Varanasi.
Khajuraho is connected by regular buses with Satna, Harpalpur(94km), Jhansi and Mahoba(61km).

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