Khajuharo

May 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Posted in India | Leave a comment

Khajuharo is a lovely city full a beautiful Jain and Hindu temples dating from the around 1000 AD. They are divided up into 3 areas: eastern, western and southern. We stayed basically across the street from the western temples, which are the most numerous and beautiful. they are also the temples that are notorious for their erotic carvings showing tantric positions.

this is the Varaha, dedicated to Vishnu’s boar incarnation.

this is the first of the western temples called the  large Lakshmana Temple, and took 20 years to build.

these temples are so beautiful and in such good condition – it’s amazing the carvings are still so perfect. i had a great time going along the outside of the temples (you’re supposed to walk with your right side to the temple for hindu good luck), as well as inside where it was nice and cool.  the temples were so well thought out that they even included interior shutes for access rain water.

from far away you can see that the walls and roofs of the temples are textured, but close-up you’re able to see just how intricate these walls are. there are many carvings, mostly of gods, fairies and humans that are singing, playing with babies & animals and having crazy karmasutric sex. the carvings are so numerous yet organized that they seem to create patterns. the architecture and carvings give a mixed feeling of simplicity and intricacy.

what an orgy

so beautiful.

in-between temples are pretty gardens and trees. this one indian guy gave us some berry type things that came off some of the trees – tasted like aniseed(liquorice).

the insides of the temple were just as intricately carved as the outside. the peaks of the temples are domed inside.

the phallic shape of some of the temples roofs represent’s linga, a phallic Shiva symbol, worshipped by Hindus hoping to seek deliverance from the cycle of reincarnation. when you look closely, you can see that the larger linga is made up of many smaller lingas.

hudson sitting inside a temple in front of the shrine.

entrance to two temples.

a large temple from the eastern section.

the eastern section also included a small museum with several statues.

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