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 walls of all Khajuraho temples have a rich display of elaborately carved sculptures.
Although temples of Khajuraho are famed for the sex art,
sexual themes cover less than 10% of the Khajuraho temples sculpture.
most sexual images are in proportional balance with the non-
The topics of wall arts cover numerous
sides of human life and values
considered important in Hindu pantheon.