Khajuraho "the Temples of Love": There
are Hindu and Jain temples
The Khajuraho group of temples were built together but were
dedicated to two schools of Hinduism and to Jainism - suggesting a tradition of
acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains.
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
The Khajuraho temples are luxuriantly decorated with intricately carved sculptures.
Although temples of Khajuraho are renowned for their "Kamasutra" sculptures,
sexual themes occupy less than 10% of the temples sculpture.
most sexual images are in proportional balance with the non-
The art themes cover numerous
details of human life and values
considered major in Hindu pantheon.