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  Vishwanath Temple
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Although it is smaller in size, the Vishwanath Temple is similar to the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in both plan and design. It is located in the Western Group of Temples.

Vishwanath is a Shiva temple with a linga (the sacred symbol of Shiva) inside the sanctum. The temple is a Quincunx - "geometric pattern consisting of five points, four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center" - with a shrine at each of the four corners. However, only two of the shrines - one at the north-eastern corner and one at the south-western corner - have survived.

The interior has a porch, a pillared outer hall, vstibule, sanctum, and a circumambulatory around the sanctum. Other similarities between the Vishwanath and Kandariya Mahadeva Temples include the ceilings and the window features, which indicates that the two temples were built during the same time period.

However, it is the sculputres of women that are particularly notable on this temple. Some are shown playing music, writing letters, with babies, and displaying provacative poses. Highlights of the Vishwanath Temple include the apsaras (damsels) in the aisles. The damsels are in a tribhanga (three curve) posture, in three dimensions. This shows their fully developed bosom and curved backs freely and gracefully.

On the door frame of the sanctum are Mithunas. The exterior of the temple has 3 bands of sculptures.

Address: Western Group of Temples
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