The Sex Temples of Khajuraho, India. Photos
The Khajuraho Sex Temples are a group of Hindu and Jain
temples in India. The temples have several thousand statues and art works. While
the temples are famous for their sex sculpture, the sex art cover less than 10%
of the temple sculpture. The art contain sexual themes and various sexual
poses. The art work symbolically highlight the four goals of life considered
necessary and proper in Hinduism - dharma, kama,
artha and moksha.
Some scholars suggest these to be tantric sexual practices.
Other scholars state that the sexual 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.
Since sexual union is the affirmation of the ideal
relationship between human and divine, physical enjoyment is the concrete form
of the spiritual enjoyment. Sringara (sexual enjoyment) is the aesthetic
experience of the basic emotion of love. The ineffable ecstacy of the union of
man and woman finds expression in terms of sexual experience. The mithuna
sculpture on the temples is an expression of this ideal.
While "The Sex Temples of Khajuraho" are famous for their erotic sculpture,
over 90% of the art work at the temples
is about daily life
and symbolic values
in ancient Indian culture.
The body is the physical manifestation of the inner life. Mithuna sculpture on
temples is, therefore, an outer manifestation of man's inward aesthetic
pleasure. There are sixty four arts of love-making as enunciated by Vatsayana in
Kama Sutra. These arts are essential for fulfilling three aims of life, viz.,
Kama, Artha and Dharma.
The art of love and sex is an important branch of human knowledge. Sexual
enjoyment constitutes fulfillment of Dharma. Human love is analogous to
spiritual passion. The sexual embrace of man and woman gives the same pleasure
what mystical experience of the soul gives in the embrace of God.
Mithuna sculpture, an expression in stone of the love play is therefore not
profane but a glory of human achievement.
Khajuraho the Temple of Love. Sexual sculpture,