Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

On the last weekend of March, I visited Khajuraho with some friends. We took the overnight train from Delhi, which takes approximately 11 hours to get there.

The Khajuraho group of temples has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it includes both Hindu and Jain temples. Most of them were built around 950-1050 A.D. by the Chandela dinasty.

They are famous for their stunning sculptures and carvings, which depict scenes of daily life one thousand years ago, including images of gods, goddesses and mythological animals. Images of sensual women are recurring, such as surasandaris (heavenly nymphs), apsaras (dancers) and nayikas (moral surasandaris).

A few sculptures depict erotic and sexual scenes, and not surprisingly, they are among the most photographed, which may create the illusion that they are abundant. In reality, they represent only a minor fraction of the total.

 

 

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