The erotic temples of Kahjuraho

 

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The erotic temples Khajuraho are known the world over for their architecture, sculptures, and their focus on life and sex. 

In total 85 temples of this type were built, all in one place in central India. They are made of colored sandstone. The temples are believed to have been built in slightly over a century, in the 10th century timeframe, during the time of the Chandela Rajputs. 

The builders must have used the skills of thousands of sculptors, architects and masons to produced these gigantic, yet intricate works. Nevertheless one finds almost no records of this activity in the annals of Indian history. Apparently after the last temple had been completed the Chandela dynasty sunk into oblivion. The remaining evidence however suggests that the opposite happened, that the end of the Chandela dynasty began when the building-process stopped, that is, when the impetus that stood behind the building process -- the celebration of life itself -- ended - as it to testify that Life itself is the great builder. 

Whatever society had created 85 of such temples in slightly over a single century, all richly adorned with art, must have had an amazingly rich civilization that was supported with a powerful economic base, akin to a renaissance civilization. Of the 85 temples that had been built, 20 have survived. Many are in surprisingly good condition. Today's village of Khajuraho is surrounded by woodlands, a viallage populated by no more than 3,000 residents. However, it is visited each year by tourists from all over the world. Only 10% of the the thousands of carvings of all scenes of life that adorn the temples, are erotic in nature, and those are exclusively located on the outside of the temples and on the outer walls when the temples were created with double walls.

The remaining 20 temples  of Khajuraho are now counted among the great wonders of the ancient world, and are presently the center of an annual dance festival. They are believed to have been built within the 200-years span between 950 AD, extending possibly as far as 1150 AD. They are scattered over an area of about 20 square kilometers. The tallest is 116 feet in height.

Khajuraho is located app. 620 kilometers southeast of New Delhi, the capital city of India. The Khajuraho temples, themselves, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are considered one of the "seven wonders" of India.

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