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<nowiki>লক্ষ্মণ মন্দির, খাজুরাহো; Lakshmana-templom; Lakshmana-Tempel; لاکشمانا (نیایشگاه); 拉克什曼寺; ラクシュマナ寺院; معبد لاكشمانا; ലക്ഷ്മണ ക്ഷേത്രം; ලක්ෂ්මණ දේවාලය, ඛජුරාහෝ; लक्ष्मण मन्दिर, खजुराहो; ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಣ ದೇವಾಲಯ; khajuraho lakshman tenpal; లక్ష్మణ దేవాలయం, కాజురహో; لکشمن مندر، کھجوراہو; Lakshmana Temple; temple de Lakshmana; Лакшманин храм; இலக்குமணன் கோயில்; temple à Khajuraho (Inde); ভারতের একটি হিন্দু মন্দির; templom Khadzsuráhóban (India); ଭାରତର ଏକ ହିନ୍ଦୁ ମନ୍ଦିର; 10th century Vishnu temple in Khajuraho, India; معبد هندوسي في منطقة شهاتربور، الهند; храм на вишну од 10 век во Индија; Tempelbau der Chandella-Dynastie in Indien; Laxmana Temple, Khajuraho; Chaturbhuja Temple of Khajuraho; Ramachandra Temple of Khajuraho; Vaikuntha Vishnu Temple; Chaturbhuja Temple; Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho; लक्ष्मण मन्दिर, खजुराहो; लक्ष्मण मंदिर, खजुराहो</nowiki>
Lakshmana Temple 
10th century Vishnu temple in Khajuraho, India
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LocationKhajuraho, Chhatarpur district, Sagar division, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Map24° 51′ 07.99″ N, 79° 55′ 18.48″ E
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The Lakshmana temple is a mid 10th century panchayatana complex dedicated to Vishnu worship in the Kashmir tradition. It is one of the most elegant and refined example of Nagara-style Hindu temple architecture in India.

The complex has five shrines in a format found in Advaita Vedanta literature. The central shrine is the largest of the five, the four subsidiary shrines are of the same size at four corners. These stand on a large platform. Much of the side of this platform has survived with original artwork, unlike almost all other Khajuraho temples where the platform was badly damaged and has been restored. The artwork on Lakshmana temple jagati depicts secular scenes, everyday life in 10th century central India, a royal hunt, traders, farmers, battle, festivals, amorous couples, dances, musicians, and such.

The central temple includes all sections of a typical north Indian mandir: a mukhamandapa (entrance hall), a sabhamandapa (assembly hall), mahamandapa (pilgrims prayer, also the dance hall), antarala (vestibule) and garbhagriha (sanctum for darshana and offerings). It is in sandhara-style with the circumambulatory passage richly decorated with artwork. The sanctum has a Vaikuntha-Vishnu image with three faces in Pancharatra style – Narasimha (lion), Rama/Krishna (human), and Varaha (boar). The sanctum doorjamb is beautifully carved. It depicts the dasavataras of Vishnu and Navagrahas.

The temple is named after king Lakshavarman (also called Yashovarman), it has nothing to do with the Lakshmana of Ramayana fame. In the colonial era literature, this temple is also referred to as Chaturbhuja, Lacchamana and Ramachandra temple – after an era when Khajuraho was lost and forgotten with an overgrown forest. This reflected a stage of rediscovery, limited understanding of Hindu history, and hearsay based on local guides (See Devangana Desai's scholarly publications on Khajuraho and cited sources therein).


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