Khajuraho – The religious erotica

Any kind of art is a representation of reality in various forms or media, such as music, painting, words or sculpture. Art should be such as to create an illusion of reality and produce an effect of pleasure and satisfaction. Moreover, it should be in accordance of the universal laws of ‘beauty’ and must arouse the aesthetic feeling. The erotic carvings chiseled on rock, at Khajuraho temples depict these artistic dicta. Khjuraho is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Love is life and life comes out of love. The Moon god loved a Brahmin girl Hemavati, who gave birth to the founder of Chandela dynaysty, the foster father of these erotic carvings. Being a religious erotica, Khajuraho appeals differently to different people. To some it may mean symbol of lust, love, seduction, erotica, and Kama sutra, the art of sexual gratification. To others, it may mean pilgrimage, with so many temples enshrining different deities.

If you have a passion for lust and passion and a religious outlook, Khajuraho is the ‘must to be seen place for you. With extreme climate, mercury shoots to as high as 47 degree centigrade in the summer and goes down to 4 degree during the winter. Your visit will be most pleasurable during September to March, with an additional opportunity of witnessing the annual Dance Festival during 1st to 7th of February.

You can find the temples in Khajuraho under three distinct regional groups such as the Eastern Group, Western Group and Southern group. According the deities worshiped, the temples assume different names. You need to know them by names, prior to paying a visit, so that you do not miss any one.

The Eastern Group of temples
Parsvanath Temple has three roofs, depicting the mixed influence of Hindu, Budhist and Muslim. Ghantai Temple has a Jain goddess on a winged Garuda, Adinath Temple is dedicated to Jain God Tirthankar, Hanuman Temple, Brahma Temple worships Vishnu, Vamana Temple is dedicated to the dwarf form of Vishnu and the Javari Temple.

Western Group of Temples
Lakshmana Temple showcases the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chausat Yogini Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Matanageswara Temple showcasing 8 ft Shiva Lingam, Varaha Temple, Viswanath Temple, dedicated to Nandi, the bull companion of Lord Shiva.

Southern Group of Temples
Dulhadev Temple enshrines Shiva Lingam, Beejamandal Temple, Chattarbhuj Temple enshrines 9 ft high idol of Vishnu with four arms, but has no erotic sculpture.

Embodied with the art and architecture of medieval India, Khajuraho finds prominent place in the itinerary of domestic and international travelers. The temples and the art are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture. The carvings on stone portray the contemporary community life of the people along with motifs of gods, goddesses, warriors, musicians, real and mythological animals. Khajuraho becomes the cynosure of visitors’ eyes during 25th February to 2nd March, during which is showcased the Indian classical dance forms that once again enliven the beautiful dancing girls on the rock sculpture. Besides, there are excellent shopping opportunities of crafts made of stone, steel and gold, that would win the visitors’ heart.

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