Khajuraho’s temples and the Kama Sutra are an UNESCO world heritage site dedicated to the Hindu and Jain religions. With twenty two temples altogether, what stands out about the architecture are the erotic sculptures and intricate carvings that cover the outside walls. The sexual images are set apart from the rest of the carvings and illustrate scenes from the famous Kama Sutra. The sculptures are said to represent the cultural importance and significance of Khajuraho.
Located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in the centre of northern India and dating back over 1000 years to the Chandela Dynasty, only twenty two of the original eighty five sandstone temples remain. Constructing the temples of all sandstone and no mortar with tendon joints serve to give the illusion of the temples being one huge piece of artwork, carved into a large piece of rock. This craft work is supposed to depict Indian life and culture – from erotic displays to applying make-up, dancing, farming and many other every day activities. Inside each temple is a much greater sense of calm and maintains a respectful atmosphere, with the idea of leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life outside of the temple.
Kandariya Mahadeo is the largest temple in Khajuraho and is over 31m. It is used as a shrine for Shiva – one of the most famous and worshipped gods.
What we at Just Love Travel find so interesting about these temples is the way in which Indian culture perceives sexual images in such a different way to the Western mentality. The respect given by Indian cultures hugely contrasts the way in which Western cultures approach sex as a far more private act, despite the dramatising of it for films and the media. We thought that it would be a fun activity for our #FridayFunday to learn about the Kama Sutra and encourage it to be respected and looked at in the way that it is by the Indian culture.0