World Heritage Temples
Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
45Trip End Mar 18, 2011
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The temples 85 in all-of which only 25 remain were built during a century long burst of creative genius from 950 to 1050 AD. The cities isolation helped preserve them from the desecration of Muslim invaders, which destroyed many other locations.
Slowly abandoned and eventually fell into ruin, the jungle took over the area. We saw the same process was done in our Southeast Asia trip to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The wider world remained ignorant until British officer TS Burt was guided to the ruins in 1838
Below are some facts about the history of the art on the temples:
The Khajuraho temples are known for their sexual art on the outside walls but, do not contain any erotic art inside the temple or near the deities. For seeing the deity, one must leave his or her sexual desires outside the temple. They also show that divinity, such as the deities of the temples, which is not affected by sexual desires and other characteristics of the physical body. It has been suggested that these suggest sexual practices.
Meanwhile, the external curvature and carvings of the temples depict humans, human bodies, and the changes that occur in human bodies, as well as facts of life. Some 10% of the carvings contain sexual themes; those reportedly do not show deities, they show sexual activities between people. The rest depict the everyday life of the common Indian of the time when the carvings were made, and of various activities of other beings. For example, those depictions show women putting on makeup, musicians, potters, farmers, and other folk. Those mundane scenes are all at some distance from the temple deities.