Khajuraho, the temple city in the state of Madhya Pradesh is known for its historical Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, one being the world famous Kandariya Mahadeva Temple which is a popular tourist attraction. The rich architecture in the form of intricate stone carvings on the temples and ornately decorated forms are a true spectacle to view, and this is what attracts travelers to this part of India, every year. Another important occasion that brings Khajuraho to the limelight, is the annual Khajuraho Dance Festival, held every year during the month of February. It is a show of the vibrancy of India, through its classical dance forms, that are performed by dancers who showcase their talent in this mega cultural festival. The backdrop is the world renowned Khajuraho Temple, lit up with colorful lights in the evening, which is a treat for the eyes.The dancers in their traditional costumes,attires and makeup, hit the podium, thrilling the national as well as international audience through their mesmerizing and stunning performance. It is an extravagant show of colors in the form of costumes that the dancers wear, as classical Indian dances like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Kathakali are performed. The colorful silk sarees, ghagra cholis, churidars, floral decorations, gold ornaments and the expressions of the dancers are a spectacle to watch.
Light, Colors, Dance and the Temple
It is a must visit for all local as well as international tourists, who want to see the true colors and flavors of India which is on display during this time of the year. Madhya Pradesh with its rich heritage, history and temples is outrightly the best place to visit anytime of the year, and the Khajuraho Dance Festival is something special. The dancers come from all over India, performing some great acts on the stage in the backdrop of this majestic ancient Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The colorful Kanjivaram silk sarees, Sambalpuri silk sarees, Bomkai sarees, long skirts, churidars, cholis and dhotis that the dancers adorn along with their gold, silver and pearl ornaments is a spectacular sight, coupled with the colorful light display. The Khajuraho Nritya Mahotsav is a classic enactment of Indian traditional dance form, culture and art that tourists love to explore and witness. It is an open air performance with the temples being beautifully lit in the evening. Try being in Khajuraho during this time of the year, and witness the best on colorful India.