Adinath Temple in Khajuraho

Adinath Temple is a stunning example of Hindu architecture located in the Khajuraho city of Madhya Pradesh, India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath, who is considered the first tirthankara (enlightened being) in Jainism. It is one of the many temples in Khajuraho that are known for their intricate carvings and sculptures.


The Adinath Temple was built in the 11th century during the Chandela dynasty. The Chandela rulers were known for their love of art and architecture, and the Khajuraho temples are a testament to their patronage. The temple was originally dedicated to Lord Shiva, but was later converted into a Jain temple.


The Adinath Temple is a fine example of the Nagara style of architecture. The temple is built on a high platform and has a shikhara (tower) that rises above the sanctum sanctorum. The temple is made of sandstone and has beautiful carvings and sculptures on its walls. The intricate carvings depict various scenes from Hindu mythology and Jainism.

Visiting the temple

  • The Adinath Temple is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset.
  • There is no entry fee to visit the temple.
  • Visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering the temple.
  • Photography is allowed inside the temple, but videography is not.
  • Visitors are expected to dress modestly and respectfully.
  • The best time to visit the temple is during the winter months (October to February) when the weather is pleasant.