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 One of the 20 temples at Khajuraho, India
Khajuraho "the Temples of Love". One of the 20 temples at Khajuraho

Khajuraho "the Temples of Love"

Khajuraho temples were in active use through the end of 12th century. This changed in the 13th century, after the army of Delhi Sultanate, under the command of the Muslim Sultan Qutb-ud-din Aibak, attacked and seized the Chandela kingdom.

The remoteness and isolation of Khajuraho protected the Hindu and Jain temples from continued destruction by Muslims. Over the centuries, vegetation and forests overgrew, took over the temples. They say the temples were secretly in use by yogis. In the 1830s the temples were thus rediscovered by the global audience.

The walls of all Khajuraho temples are richly decorated with elaborately carved sculptures. Whilst Khajuraho temples are famous for their sex art, sexual themes make up less than 10% of the temples walls art. Furthermore, most sexual images are in proportional balance with the non- sexual scene panels. The arts cover numerous facets of human life and values considered major in Hindu pantheon.

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