The spiritual and sensual worlds co-exist in the exquisite temples of Khajuraho built between the 10th and 12th century by the ruling Chandella Kings in Central India. A vigorous architectural movement swept through their reign dotting the landscape of Mahoba, Kalinjar and Ajaygarh with palaces, tanks and temples but it was at Khajuraho that the Chandella kings reached the zenith of their creativity. Of the 85 glorious temples that they constructed, just 23 remain in various stages of preservation. The spurt in temple construction coincided with the resurgence of Hinduism. Along with temples dedicated to Lord Vishu and Lord Shiva are shrines devoted to the Jain Tirthankaras. Constructed as per Vaastu Shastra, most temples face east and the first rays of the sun fall on the feet of the main deity in the sanctum sanctorum rousing deep feelings of divinity. Though the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho overwhelm visitors, they account for just two percent of the temple carvings. Most of the decorations are essentially religious. Erotic decorations featured mainly in the Shiva temples. The spine according to the tantric theories current in the Chandella period, was likened to the serpent of energy, kundalini, stretching from the base of the sacrum to the crown of the head, supporting the six stages (chakras) of spiritual evolution. Each of these stages must be awakened to transmute sexual energy into pure spirituality for attaining union with the divine.

Vishwanatha Temple, 2011

Chaturbhuja Temple, 2011

Lakshmana Temple, 2011

Duladeo Temple, 2011

A lotus leaf, Shiv Sagar Lake, 1988

Vishwanatha Temple has some of the most erotic sculptures, 1988

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, 1988

Lakshmana Temple, 2011

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, 1988

Chitragupta Temple, 1986

Village life is being replaced by a garden created around it by ASI, Vamana Temple, 1977

A saras crane follows its’ master at Group of Jain temples, 1987

Early morning holy dip in the Shiv Sagar Lake on Shivratri, 1978

Varaha Temple, 1978

On Shivratri at Khurar River near Duladeo Temple, 1986

At Jagdambi Temple with the Chitragupta Temple in the background, 1987

The sandstone statue is intricated with Hindu pantheon figures, Varaha Temple, 2011

Bhawani Singh ji, Maharaja of Khajuraho, 1986

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