Temple of Love, India
The Khajuraho Temples are a group of Hindu and Jain temples in India, about
620 kilometres (385 mi) southeast of New Delhi. Most Khajuraho temples were
built about 1000 AD, 20 temples have survived. The temples are famous for their
The remoteness and isolation of Khajuraho protected the Hindu and Jain
temples from continued destruction by Muslims. Over the centuries, vegetation
and forests overgrew, took over the temples. They say the temples were secretly
in use by yogis. In the 1830s the temples were thus rediscovered by the global
The Khajuraho group of temples were built together but were
dedicated to two schools of Hinduism and to Jainism - suggesting a tradition of
acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains.
The temples have a rich display of intricately carved statues. While they are
famous for their erotic sculpture, sexual themes cover less than 10% of the
temple sculpture. The arts cover numerous aspects of human life and values
considered important in Hindu pantheon. The art work symbolically highlight the
four goals of life considered necessary and proper in Hinduism - dharma, kama,
artha and moksha.
|Khajuraho temples are famous for their erotic arts.
These constitute about 10% of total art
displayed at the monuments.
The Khajuraho temples feature a variety of art work, of which 10% is sexual
or erotic art outside and inside the temples. Some of the temples that have two
layers of walls have small erotic carvings on the outside of the inner wall.
Some scholars suggest these to be tantric sexual practices. Other scholars state
that the erotic arts are part of Hindu tradition of treating kama as an
essential and proper part of human life, and its symbolic or explicit display is
common in Hindu temples. James McConnachie, in his history of the Kamasutra,
describes the sexual-themed Khajuraho sculptures as "the apogee of erotic art".
The temples have several thousand statues and art works. Some
10% of these iconographic carvings contain sexual themes and various sexual
Khajuraho the Temple of Love. Sexual sculpture >>