The Khajuraho Churches gained popularity for the sex sculpture, but 90% of the
usual life of people. Nevertheless, these temples are known exactly as "Temples of
While most religious schools abhor sex and hold it as a degrading act for human
soul, Tantra says that sexual energy, if channelized according to the methods
mentioned in Tantric canons, can unite the tantra-practitioner with the supreme
Sculptures at Khajuraho are a bold and honest description of this concept. They
showcase the gradual transcendence of human sexual energy. The outer walls are
full of sexual allegory. Humans are depicted indulging in carnal pleasure in
every variation that can be conceptualized by human brain.
Gajendra Sikarwar, Spiritual Writer, History buff and an Engineer. Living in
The Khajuraho Temples have several thousand sculptures and
art works. Some 10% of these iconographic carvings contain sexual themes and
various sexual poses. A common misconception is that, since the old structures
with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities;
however the kama arts represent diverse sexual expressions of different human
There is iconographic symbolism embedded in the arts displayed in Khajuraho
temples. Core Hindu values are expressed in multitude of ways. Even the Kama
scenes, when seen in combination of sculptures that precede and follow, depict
the spiritual themes such as moksha. In the words of Stella Kramrisch,
This state which is “like a man and woman in close embrace” is a symbol of moksa,
final release or reunion of two principles, the essence (Purusha) and the nature
— Stella Kramrisch, 1976
The walls of all Khajuraho temples are richly decorated with elaborately carved sculptures.
Although temples of Khajuraho are famed for their sex sculptures,
sexual themes are covering less than 10% of the temples sculpture.
most sexual images are in balance with the non-
The art themes cover numerous
features of human life and values
considered important in Hindu pantheon.
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