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"Temple of Love". The sexual and erotic sculptures on the walls


Khajuraho "the Temples of Love": The sexual and erotic sculptures on the walls

"I found in the ruins of Khajuraho seven large diwallas, or Hindoo temples, most beautifully and exquisitely carved as to workmanship, but the sculptor had at times allowed his subject to grow rather warmer than there was any absolute necessity for his doing; indeed, some of the sculptures here were extremely indecent and offensive, so I was very surprised at first to find them in temples erected, supposedly with good purposes and religious aims..." S.Burt, British captain who discovered Khajuraho in 1838.

The walls of all Khajuraho temples are prodigally decorated with artfully carved sculptures. Although temples of Khajuraho are famed for their "Kamasutra" art, sexual themes occupy less than 10% of the temples art. Further, most sex scene panels are balanced with the non- sexual arts. The art themes cover numerous features of human life and values considered important in Hindu pantheon.