Khajuraho known earlier as Kharjuravahaka, supposedly date palm trees at the gate… but other important aspect which is ignored or overlooked is the scorpion on the thigh of the motifs., symbolic to a poisonous lust.
In Khajuraho, the art work symbolically highlight the four goals of life considered in Hinduism – Dharma, Kama, Artha and Moksha. The arts cover numerous aspects of human life and values considered important in Hindu pantheon.
Here in this blog, as a part of Khajuraho Series, we will talk about KAMA…
( Do Read this for other sculpture….. )
Kama sculptures are more prominently depicted in Kandariya Mahadev, which has an area of about 6,500 square feet and a shikhara (spire) that rises 116 feet high.
Apart from depicting beautiful voluptuous GanNayikas and SurSundaris indulged in various form of Shrungar Ras artists have also depicted the sensuous and erotic sculptures on the exterior of temple wall. These Surasundari engrossed in various love play, symbolising enchanting beauty, emerged from the churning of the cosmic ocean. Indic tradition has enshrined the beautiful in the woman more than in any other object. In body and mind, through adornment and anticipation, in longing and belonging, on temple walls, the Surasundari embodies and represents what we consider beautiful. In her, we not only have the poetry and the sensuality of the beautiful, but even more, the serenity and spirituality of ultimate beauty. All the sensuous representation here are aesthetically pleasing and surely not inspiring lust.
What was the probable reason behind depiction of sensuous and erotic sculptures, coupling “SEX” with “FAITH”. …. My 2 cents at the bottom of this blog.
The Photologue of Sensuousness….. artistic masterpiece on the walls.
When words become superfluous….. Best Kiss ever depicted in any of the sculpture…
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. Sex was an divine act and not a taboo as it is perceived in current period. Faith and Sex were hand in hand in our ancient culture.
Various thoughts on why temple’s had those sculptures…
….. One should shed off the thoughts of lust and desire before entering inside sanctum considered a holy and pure place… Kaam Vasana se mukt…. but this reason for me is quite unbelievable and contradictory to the belief of we Hindus having a God and Goddess as Kaamdev and Rati blessed by none other than Shiv himself. If this was the reason, given the amount of space we had in those days, all these art should have been on the periphery wall clearly demarking the difference of sex and faith having ample space in between. But that is not the case. They are mainly on the outer wall of temples.
The other reason which was told to me by a guide during my visit to Konark Sun Temple full of such depiction and what I too strongly believe in as it seems quite logical is that during those period Kings were constantly at war with their neighbours and so most of the time the sainiks were fighting and out of their sansarik life. Lot of them were turning in to monks and sadhus after witnessing all the bloodsheds. This was not good for the eco system. King decided to build something which will attract them back to their sansarik karma. What else other than temple’s would have been a best place to have these things where all these people frequented.
After all sex was as divine as god himself. Isn’t it.
Also do see this blog to experience beauty of Khajuraho Temples… KHAJURAHO….. The Ultimate Poetry of Stone and Chisels.
….after my trip to Khajuraho, I have realized one thing with so much of clarity, unless and until we don’t get aligned and absorb with our inner self, awaken our inner guru “SHIV” what we see or read or hear, …. all that we do is just hogwash.
I belong to the rocks…. Yes, that’s where I find solace, out of this chaotic world in the soundlessness of rocks I find meaning of life.
In full of absolute nothingness and quietness in the air, I find me and the god within.