The temples look golden in the morning sunlight
Bands of artistic stonework decorate the outsides of each temple
This is the largest and most famous of the Khajuraho temples, Kandariya-Mahadev.
Built around 1025 AD, it represents the high point of Chandelan architecture.
The three Jain temples (set off by themselves) have some of the most famous
individual sculptures in Khajuraho, including this one of a woman applying mascara
Playful figures swirl out from the flat stone
One of Kajuraho's most famous sculptures,
demonstrating the feasibility of the headstand position!
Wow! The famous south side of Kandariya-Mahadev,
incredibly well preserved and astonishingly detailed.
Two happy elephants intertwine trunks
Their erotic content should not distract (too much!)
from the great skill underlying the sculptures
The grounds surrounding the temples in the
Western Group at Khajuraho offer a peaceful oasis
Regal-looking surasundari (heavenly nymph)
We had the place largely to ourselves in the early morning
Mythical beast embraced by a young woman
The tops of the temples are carved
with intricate geometric designs
You have to remove your shoes
to enter inside each temple
The sculptures suggest sex was a
popular pastime 1000 years ago as well!
Looking straight up from the base of one of the temples
Camel caravan
Another famous sculpture depicts a woman removing a thorn
Where We Be
Khajuraho, India
Khajuraho is known for its 25 temples covered
with intricately carved Kama Sutra images. The
carvings are erotic in nature -- and UNESCO
World Heritage listed -- representing some of
the finest temple art in the world. On our first
evening we took a rickshaw ride to visit three
Jain temples on the outskirts of town known for
the high quality of their carvings. Two of the
most famous carvings are of a woman pulling a
thorn out of her foot and a woman applying
mascara. The sheer amount of carving on the
outsides of the conical temples is impressive.

Next morning we visited the main grouping of
temples at Khajuraho: the Western Group. This
cluster of temples is world-famous: certainly we
heard just about every language under the sun
as we went exploring that morning. Walking
from one end of the site to the other only takes
a few minutes, and the dozen or so temples are
surrounded by green grass, flowering bushes,
and beds of flowers. The sculptures of buxom
goddesses, virile men, and intimate goings-on
may be outside the comfort zone of some but
can be quite captivating for others.