Sensuousness and Temple’s : Sensuous and erotic sculptures in the Temple’s

In most of the Ancient Temples, before one enters in to holy sanctum, One will find amazing sculptures of amorous couple, sensuous and erotic apart from depicting beautiful voluptuous GanNayikas and SurSundaris indulged in various form of Shrungar Ras on the exterior walls.

What was the probable reason behind depiction of sensuous and erotic sculptures, coupling “SEX” with “FAITH”. Having sexual images/sculptures in a places/temple’s which otherwise was considered to be so holy and pure. Doesn’t that also signifies that we Indian in those days treated sex as an divine act and not a taboo as it is perceived in current period. These images personified divinity in sexuality. Creative spirit of our ancient culture. Sex was celebrated. Sex was divine and that was the precise reason sensuous and erotic sculptures prominently were carved on the outer wall of most of our beautiful temples.

Lets look at few beautiful masterpiece of Kailash Temple at Ellora Caves.
शिल्पकार के अद्भुत और उत्क्रुस्त शिल्पकारी का जीता जागता प्रमाण है.

Kamdev and Rati: The God and Goddess of sensuousness
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This beautiful sculptor of Kamdev and Rati is carved on the west wall of the Temple as you enter and take a left, looking at these your back is towards lord. The clear message conveyed here, One should shed off the thoughts of lust and desire before entering inside sanctum considered a holy and pure place… काम वासना से मुक्त.
In this panel, Rati is depicted significantly with Kamadev (Pradyumn). They are represented standing side by side holding the sugar-cane stalk which represents the rasa- essence of life, no matter how many time its crushed, it retains the sweetness. Top of the cane there is Makardhawj, crocodile with fire coming out of its mouth which symbolizes that the excess of sweetness/lust may burn you. Rati, as per her beauty and sensuality she is pictured here as a maiden who holds the power to enchant the god of passion. When Shiva burnt her husband to ashes, it was Rati, whose penance leads to the promise of Kamadeva’s resurrection. Often, this resurrection occurs when Kamdev is reborn as Pradyumn, the son of Krishna.

Apart from depicting beautiful voluptuous GanNayikas and SurSundaris indulged in various form of Shrungar Ras artists have also depicted the sensuous and erotic sculptures in the temple’s on the exterior wall.
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Apart from depicting beautiful voluptuous GanNayikas and SurSundaris indulged in various form of Shrungar Ras artists have also depicted the sensuous and erotic sculptures in the temple’s on the exterior wall.

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Mithuna (amorous couple) : On the either side of the nava-ranga-mandapa doorjambs mithuna (amorous couple) figures have been carved signifying the manglika (auspiciousness). They also signify the relation between Purusha (male aspect of fertility) and Prakriti (female aspect of fertility). They are shown engaged in the Loka-lila i.e. worldly sports. Couples in Loka-Lila also mean the activity of this mundane world, showing the couple in love-play. They emerging out the rock throwing themselves in violent embraces and rapturous kisses, by coming together and becoming one.

Panel in Lankeshwar, Depicting various types of Kisses. 33 Types of Kisses.
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MOHINI
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This personified beauty has manifested out of a jealous artist, his magic, his chisel and his imagination running wild.

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At the door steps of SaptMatruka, This shilp is one of the most amazing sculpture and has a beautiful story around, fully clothed yet nude..

 

 

 

 

What was the probable reason behind depiction of sensuous and erotic sculptures, coupling sex with faith.Having sexual images/sculptures in a places/temple’s which otherwise was considered to be so holy and pure. 
Doesn’t that also signifies that we Indian in those days treated sex as an divine act and not a taboo as it is perceived in current period.
These images personified divinity in sexuality. 
Creative spirit of our ancient culture. 
Sex was celebrated.
Sex was divine and that was the precise reason sensuous and erotic sculptures prominently were carved on the outer wall of most of our beautiful temples.

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