xiii, 148p., Illus., Map, Gloss., Bib., Index, 25 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. General information. 2. Legends and history. 3. Architecture. 4. Art. 5. Conclusion.
The Vaikunthanatha or Lakshmana temple is one of the earliest, best preserved and most typical of evolved and finest monument stands in the centre of a large cluster of ancient temples, Wester group of temples of Khajuraho, variously known as Ramachandra of Chaturbhuja of Chandella dynasty. This is the only temple which preserves all the principal elements of Sandhara Prasada of the Panchayatana variety, namely Mukhamandapa, Mandapa, Maha-mandapa with transepts, Antarala and Garbhagriha with an inner Pradakshinapatha and the four subsidiary shrines are placed at the four corners on the jagati or the platform terrace. Its mature plan and design, grand dimensions and symmetrical proportions, superb sculptural embellishment and architectural elaboration, marks the most evolved and finished achievements of the central Indian building style and one of the sublime creations of Indian architecture.