Relic of a time gone by: Khajuraho group of monuments.

 

Relic: something from a past time, place or culture.

I visited Khajuraho group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2007.

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The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its pinnacle between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture.

 A common misconception is that, since the old structures with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities.

Some 10% of the carvings contain sexual themes and those reportedly do not depict deities but rather sexual activities between people. A common misconception is that, since the old structures with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities.

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Carvings depicting animals such as elephants, monkeys, dragons, lions, boar and others.

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The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150.

DSCN3184DSCN3194 DSCN3191DSCN3167 Greatly influenced by the Tantric school of thought, the Chandela kings promoted various Tantric doctrines through royal monuments, including temples. Sculptors of Khajuraho depicted all aspects of life. The society of the time believed in dealing frankly and openly with all aspects of life, including sex. In accordance with ancient treatises on architecture, erotic depictions were reserved for specific parts of the temples only. The rest of the temple was profusely covered with other aspects of life, secular and spiritual.

Sources:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/240
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khajuraho_Group_of_Monuments

 

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29 thoughts on “Relic of a time gone by: Khajuraho group of monuments.

  1. Oh I have visited Khajuraho temples! They are stunning,exotic and holds sheer symbolic life relevance. A must visit for those who are in love with art and sculptures. I really don’t know about the history past but yes they are bold enough to depict love and sex. Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures 🙂

    • I am glad to hear you visited these relics and I am glad you liked these pictures. Thanks for stopping by and your comment.
      I am sorry for the delayed reply here. Sorry I missed yours and one other comment.

  2. This was so very interesting. The carvings and the attention to detail are absolutely amazing. I think I loved the animal figurines the best though, especially the one that looked like some kind of horse and a young child. Beautiful photographs and intriguing history. Thanks for sharing; liked this post a lot.

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