|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
|Another famous sculpture depicts a woman removing a thorn
Where We Be
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.
NOTE: THE SCULPTURES ON THIS PAGE ARE
EROTIC IN NATURE