Showing posts with label Khajuraho Temples. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Khajuraho Temples. 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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