Kama sexual desire was considered to be a part of the four human goals of life. The other three goals were: Dharma moral life , Artha material gains and means of life , and Moksha the release from the cycle of life and rebirths. Considered to be a holistic act, there were various sculptures of different positions, forms, and acts carved on the walls of various temples in India. We have collected a list of temples in India with erotic art and erotic sculptures on the walls. Built by the Chandela dynasty, the Khajuraho group of temples was believed to symbolize the ultimate seductress.
India’s temples of sex
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The Khajuraho temple complex is a series of beautifully built and decorated buildings in Madhya Pradesh. Yet what really sets Khajuraho apart from other temples is the numerous erotic carvings, both inside and outside the temple, that depict men, women, and even animals engaging in lovemaking, orgies, and bestiality under the benign smiles of divinities. The Khajuraho temples were commissioned almost as soon as the Chandelas came to power in Madhya Pradesh, a region in Central India. They were dedicated to two Indian religions, Hinduism and Jainism, suggesting a culture of acceptance and respect for differing religious traditions. In a space of about 20 square kilometers 7. This was a golden age for Central India. It came to an abrupt end at the start of the 13 th century when the Sultanate of Delhi invaded the Chandela Kingdom and seized the capital city Mahoba located about 35 miles 56 kilometers from Khajuraho.
More recently, in August , the Indian government imposed a ban , lifted conditionally a few days later, on more than websites deemed pornographic, in an ostensible bid to curb child pornography and sexual violence. But India was not always like this. Sexual norms were far more liberal before the 13th Century, giving equal importance to the secular and the spiritual. In fact, if you look closely, reminders of these more liberal times can be seen across the country. View image of Of the original 85 temples, just more than 20 remain Credit: Credit: Charukesi Ramadurai.
While most temples in India are considered to be sacred sites for pilgrimage and worship, a group of twenty-two temples at Khajuraho, a small town in central India, have gained much international prominence for the thousands of erotic carvings that saturate its exterior walls. Khajuraho thrives on the dichotomy of being damned as pornography and the transgression of Indian culture on one hand, and on the other being endorsed to international tourists and Indian urban elites as an epitome of Indian liberalness — as the quintessential Kamasutra Temple. Deifying eroticism and promoting tourism using sensual imagery by an otherwise puritanical government in a fairly conservative Indian society is complex, paradoxical, and riddled with contradictions. This paper discusses the process of eroticization occurring at Khajuraho — a process that is a unique amalgamation of religion, culture, and tourism. Visiting a remote and highly eroticized site like Khajuraho, despite it being a Hindu temple, results in a distinctive touristic behavior that is uncharacteristic for any Indian tourism site.