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Showing posts with label Chandella Dynasty. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is Khajuraho In India?


A small town in the Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh's northern state, known for a spectacular collection of temples erected by the Chandella dynasty over a thousand years ago.

Although the temples' distant position is said to have protected them from iconoclasm during Muslim raids, it is unknown why they were erected in such an inaccessible spot.

The Kandariya Mahadev, Lakshmana, and Vishvanath Hindu temples are the most well-known at the site.

There are other smaller temples dedicated to different Hindu deities, as well as some Jain temples.

The temples at Khajuraho were constructed in the Nagara style, which is popular in northern India.

The structure is designed to seem like a holy mountain, with the tallest point just above the main picture.

The exteriors of the temples were adorned with sculptural sculptures, the most renowned of which depicted women engaged in various graphic sexual relations.

The importance of the sexual sculptures is a hot topic of discussion.

Some interpret the sculptures to depict human oneness with the divine, while others argue they condone sexual pleasure as a holy path.

Others believe they teach that the craving for pleasure must be overcome in order to reach the divine.

Benjamin Rowland's The Art and Architecture of India, published in 1971, is a good source of knowledge. 


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Hinduism - Who Was Dhanga, The Emperor Of The Chandella Dynasty?



(died in 1003) A Chandella dynasty emperor who is most known for drowning himself at Allahabad, at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, in order to commit religious suicide. 

Dhanga committed himself at the conclusion of his life, after he had lived more than a hundred years, while meditating on the deity Rudra, a form of Shiva, according to the inscription, and that by doing so, Dhanga obtained full emancipation of the soul (moksha). 

This description clearly demonstrates that religious suicide was a carefully orchestrated religious act with the goal of assisting the actor in dying calmly and composedly, preferably with one's final thoughts concentrated on a god. 

The declaration of intent (samkalpa), in which the actor stated the benefit intended from his performance, was an important part of this ceremony. 

Because this claim cannot be verified in any other manner, Dhanga's declaration of intent is probably definitely the foundation for his claim that he obtained full emancipation. 



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