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Temple of Love. The erotic sculptures. Khajuraho temples, India
The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho

Khajuraho "the Temples of Love": The erotic sculptures

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, some of which 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 of Khajuraho are highly decorated with intricately carved sculptures. Although temples of Khajuraho are famed for their erotic art, sexual themes occupy less than 10% of the temples walls art. In addition, most "Kamasutra" images are in balance with the non- sex images. The topics of wall sculpture art cover numerous aspects of human life and values are important in Hindu pantheon.

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