Kandariya Mahadev Temple is the largest, tallest and the most ornate temple of the surviving temples at Khajuraho. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This stunning temple is around 31m tall, and is one of the western group of temples, apart from Matangeswara and Vishwanatha temples.
Constructed on a plinth of 4m height, this tall structure is built in the shape of a mountain, which is symbolic of Mount Meru which is believed to be the mythical source of creation of the world.
The temple faces the East and is built on a raised platform that can be reached by steps. The temple has many interconnected chambers which can be visited in sequence. Ardhamandapa, the rectangular entrance hall leads to a central pillared hall called mandapa. The mandapa leads to a dark area called garbhagraha.
The temple is known for its exquisite carvings on the walls, ceilings and pillars. The carvings depict all the four necessary pursuits of life - kama, artha, dharma and moksha. The sculptures include that of animals and human beings that denote various aspects of life like musicians composing music, farmers at work, etc.