Khajuraho Dance Festival
The exotic and richly architected temple of Khajuraho with various illustrations of passionate love and romance is located in the district of Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho was once the cultural capital of the Chandela Rajput’s from 10th to 12th century. With the popularity of the location and moreover to celebrate the joy of life, the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad organizes a week-long festival of classical dance by various eminent artist’s.
The Khajuraho Dance Festival is held every year during the month of February.
Significance of Khajuraho Dance Festival
The Khajuraho Dance Festival showcases the rich heritage of different form of Indian classical dances like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi and Kathakali. However modern Indian dances have also been introduced lately.
With the sense of divinity that goes with the tradition of Indian classical dance and music, the dance program is celebrated to commemorate the glory of Gods like Lord Shiva for the Tandava; the Raas Leela of Lord Krishna with the female partners (called Gopi) and dances from the most beautiful Apsaras like Urvashi, Rambha and Meenakshi in the court of Lord Indra. The festival is not all new as it has been going for ages. The festival is staged in an open air theatre, generally in front of Chitragupta Temple dedicated to the Sun Goddess and the Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Celebrating the festival of Khajuraho Dance Festival
Every year people from different parts of the world visits this location to be a part of the festival. The coming of spring just after summer is the time when the event is hosted. Previously one needs to buy a day ticket or a season ticket to attend the show. But right now the programe has free entry and anybody can access the same.
If you have never visited Khajuraho, it might be a good idea to visit during the festival as that would be the best visit in this erotic temple and also understand the nuances of its aesthetics and beauty of early era with the help of various historic dances performed. After a whole day tour, refreshing with an exotic dance festival is just a perfect way to enjoy the temple bearing major significance in the introduction of erotic art and sculpture in India. For further information you can visit their official website to know more in details on the program and also the list for performance. Furthermore you may even celebrate your first honeymoon trip in this auspicious location of love.
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