Theory (1) The name Khajuraho, ancient “Kharjuravahaka”, is derived from the Sanskrit words kharjura = “date palm” and vahaka = “one who carries”. It is said that Khajuraho was enclosed by a wall with 8 gates which were flanked by two date palm trees while some say that the temples were once under the cover of dense date palm trees for many years. Due to these date trees Khajuraho got its name Khajura-vahaka
Theory (2) The Sanskrit word for the animal is kharjura; the original name for the village was Khajura-vahaka, meaning “scorpion bearer“. The scorpion symbolizing poisonous lust.
The “Scorpion Vahaka” as depicted in a few sculptures (picture above):
Pic 1: Scorpion on the left thigh
Pic 2: Scorpion on the stomach
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Monika Ohson / TravelerInMe