Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India    (info)


"I board a train to see the temples of Khajuraho, famed for their erotic art. Built between 950 and 1100 CE, they were later swallowed up by a forest and eventually discovered as archaeological ruins by a British engineer only in 1838. I seek answers to what every modern visitor likely wonders: What does this erotic art mean? How did a culture that exalts penance and renunciation depict sex so vividly on temple walls, next to their gods? What social milieu permitted such depictions that scandalize Indians today? And why did this tradition disappear entirely from temple art across India? For a site as famous as Khajuraho, it�s astonishing that most popular histories and local guides get the answers almost entirely wrong."

�From the Introduction of Namit Arora's Indians: A Brief History of a Civilization.


Lakshman Temple (info)

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Chitragupta Temple (info)

Kandariya Mahadev Temple (info)

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Kandariya Mahadev +
Devi Jagadambi temples

Vishwanath Temple (info)

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Devi Jagadambi Temple (info)

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Eastern Group Temples — Parshavanath, Adinath, Javari, Vamana, Brahma

Parshvanath (more)

Parshvanath (info)

Jain temple complex

Parshvanath

Parshvanath

Parshvanath (1, 2)

Parshvanath

Entrance

Parshvanath

Parshvanath (more)

Parshvanath (1, 2)

Parshvanath

Parshvanath

Parshvanath (1, 2)

Parshvanath

Adinath Temple (info)

Javari Temple (info)

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Javari Temple

Vamana Temple (info)

Vamana Temple Ceiling

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Vamana Temple

Southern Group Temples — Duladeo, Chaturbhuj, Bijamandal

Duladeo temple (info)

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple (back)

Duladeo temple

Duladeo temple (more)

Duladeo temple

Chaturbhuj Temple (info)

Chaturbhuj Temple

Chaturbhuj Temple

Bijamandal Temple
(under excavation)

Chausath Yogini Temple

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Miscellaneous

Devi temple / Varaha temple

Varaha temple

Nandi mandap

View of Western Group

Miscellaneous

Shiv Sagar tank

Annual village fair

An exhibition of local art

View from Raja Cafe

Central Khajuraho

Central Khajuraho

Area near the temples

"Official guides"

Shivratri festival in town
when locals rejoice

Temple that is the site
of Shiva-Parvati wedding

Pilgrims at Matangeshvara
temple post-wedding (more)

Shivratri festival hosted for
tourists by Lalit hotel (1, 2)

Village kids

"Take my photo"

Dantla Hills (more)

Traditional car wash!

Khajuraho Dance Festival, 2018

 



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