The Khajuraho Sex Temples is a Group of 1000-year-old Temples


"Sex Temples" of Khajuraho, India. Photos of ancient sex art

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of the Khajuraho
Temples of Love

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of 20 ancient Hindu and Jain temples in India, Madhya Pradesh, located near the small town of Khajuraho, about 600 km of Delhi, are well known far outside India. These temples are Hindu and Jain sanctuaries and were built about 1000 years ago. The temple Sikhara, they say, is connected to Kailas - the Sacred Mount  in Tibet. The Temples are nicknamed "Churches of Love" for their sex sculptures.

The temples were abandoned, overgrown forest, and it saved them from breakdown by Muslims. In 1830 the Temples in Khajuraho were rediscovered.

The Temples of Love are decorated with a quantity of exceptional stone sculptures. This art represents the daily life of Indians. The sculpture symbolically tell of four targets of life referred to in Hinduism - kama, dharma, artha and moksha. Over 90% of the art work at the temple is about daily life and symbolic values in ancient Indian culture. So - only 10% of temple's wall art are the stone sexual sculptures. These iconographic carvings contain sexual themes and various sexual poses.

But Khajuraho temples are famous for their stone sex sculptures. Why nude art in the temples? There are different opinions on why Khajuraho temples were decorated with nude explicit sculptures. Some people thinks that it was an important part of sexual education in ancient India: since many people visited temples, it was a suitable place for mass intermedium. Some scholars suggest these to be tantric sexual practices. And other scholars state that the sex arts are part of Hindu tradition of treating kama as a proper and essential part of human life, and its explicit or symbolic display is common in Hindu temples.

Temple of Love. The erotic sculptures. Khajuraho temples, India
The erotic sculptures of Khajuraho temple
Ancient sex art of India

The art at the temple's walls. Khajuraho temples, India
The art at the temple's walls

'Temple of Love'. The sexual sculptures on the walls
The wall of Temple. The "sex art"
Sex position. Original photo in Khajuraho temple

Sexual and erotic sculpture, Photo 1. Khajuraho the Temple of Love. India
The famous erotic sculpture displayed
at the walls of  ancient Khajuraho temples.

Sexual and erotic sculpture, Photo 2. Khajuraho the Temple of Love. India

Sex in sculptures, nude

Sexual and erotic sculpture, Photo 3. Khajuraho the Temple of Love. India
Indian temple nude photos. Sex and erotic art

Khajuraho temples are famous
for their sex sculptures
Sex sculpture photo 4. Temples of Khajuraho, India
Khajuraho iconographic carvings contain
various sexual poses.
Sometimes these are
completely impossible poses.
Kandariya Mahadeva temple. Khajuraho temples, India. Erotic sculptures
 Original sex position.
Erotic sculptures on the external walls
of the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple

"...most notoriously ... lovemaking couples."

James McConnachie, History of Kamasutra

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Over 90% of the art work at the temple is about daily life
Usual life of Hindus.
90% of the sculptures at the temple's walls are
images of people engaged in usual daily activities.
(the non-sex images). The arts cover
numerous aspects of human life.

The ancient temples with their sex sculptures look like there is a relationship between the temples wall art and the greatest erotic book the Kama Sutra, which was written around 700 years earlier than the "Khajuraho Sex Temples" were construction. The Kama Sutra is just a small part of the vast Indian literature that deals with all the aspects of life. Sex and lovemaking is just one of these aspects. And, you know, the theme of about 90% of the sculptural compositions of "Khajuraho Sex Temples" is also the ordinary life of people.
Hinduism has considered sex as an essential part of life, which could be why the sculptures are interspersed between others that portray activities as varied as war or prayer.

Khajuraho the Temples of Love. Khajuraho temples, India
Khajuraho "the Temples of Love"


About 20 temples have survived. Khajuraho temples, India
About 20 temples have survived


There are Hindu and Jain temples. Khajuraho temples, India
There are Hindu and Jain temples


Sex sculpture photo 1. Temples of Khajuraho, India
Sex sculpture photo 1


Sex sculpture photo 2
Sexual 2


Sculpture photo 3
Sex sculpture 3


Sex sculpture photo 4. Temples of Khajuraho, India
Sex sculpture 4


Sex sculpture photo 5. India
Erotic sculpture 5


Sculpture 6.Khajuraho, India
Erotic art 6


Sculpture 7
Sex art 7


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Kandariya Mahadeva temple. Khajuraho temples, India
Kandariya Mahadeva

Kandariya Mahadeva temple. India
Fragment of Kandariya
Mahadeva temple

Two dogs
Two dogs
(the non-sex images)

The Shikara ceiling. Khajuraho temples, India
The Shikara ceiling
(the non-sex images)

There are thousands art works. Khajuraho, India
There are thousands art works

Nude (art)

The nude figure is a tradition in Western art, and has been used to express ideals of female and male beauty and other human qualities. Nude figure was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art, and after the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Dancers, athletes and warriors are depicted to express human life and energy, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. In one sense, a nude is a work of fine art that has as its primary subject the unclothed human body, forming a subject genre of art, in the same way as landscapes and still life. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history painting, including religious and allegorical art, the decorative arts, or portraiture.

Due to its durability, it is in sculpture that we see the full, nearly unbroken history of the nude from the Stone Age to the present. Figures, usually of the naked female, have been found in the Balkan region dating back to 7,000 BCE  and continue to this day to be generated. In the Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture tradition nudes were frequently adorned with bracelets and jewelry that tended to "punctuate their charms and demarcate the different parts of their bodies much as developed musculature does in the male."

From Wikipedia

The walls of the Khajuraho temples are highly decorated with elaborately carved sculptures. Whilst Khajuraho temples are famous for their erotic sculptures, sexual themes make up less than 10% of the temples walls sculpture. Then, most sexual images are in balance with the non- sexual images. The images are covering numerous facets of human life and values are important in Hindu pantheon.