By Sharell Cook. If you want proof that the Kama Sutra originated in India , Khajuraho is the place to see. Erotica abounds here with around 20 temples, many featuring sexuality and sex. They're the only ones remaining out of the 85 temples constructed during the time that Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandella dynasty. There are 3 groups of temples—Western, Eastern, and Southern. The main temples are in the Western group, which features the magnificent Kandariya Mahadeo Temple.
Khajuraho Temples located in Chhattarpur district, Madhya Pradesh are known for their breathtaking art, architecture, and sculptures from 10 th Century. Intricate human emotions portrayed here are flawless and unlike anywhere else. This is why it is one of the main attraction for people from all over the world. However, the first question that people often ask is why or what was the purpose of these sculptures.
There are many theories behind the strong erotic depiction in Hindu temples. While some say that it was the influence of the wealthy kingly class people, others differ saying it was because of the spread of Buddhism, the people were giving up on every worldly pleasure so to lure them back to the basic human needs and necessities, these sculptures were carved. Some claim it to be done for the sole purpose of sex education.
When he has to listen to someone explaining these away as mere imaginings? Just listen to the stories. Credit: Wikipedia. Answering any of these questions in the affirmative begs further questions of why: why should the normative viewer of such temple erotica be liberal, bourgeois and urban as for modernity, we could grant at least its chronological and post-colonial reality? We could insist, against national and international cultures of anti-intellectualism, that we cannot treat all truth-claims as equal.