Temples & Erotic Art of Khajuraho

Temples & Erotic Art of Khajuraho

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Author: R Nath
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 96
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129103877


For centuries, the Erotic Sculptures of the temples of Khajuraho have thrilled human imagination. Do these sculptures merely ornament them, or can their presence be attributed to some other reasons.

All these questions related to the Architecture of these temples have been answered in an extremely simple and lucid style. Supported by black and white and color plates and drawings, this study of the art and architecture of Khajuraho will be appreciated by both the layman and the serious scholar.

This is a study of the temples of Khajuraho and the devangana-mithuna sculptures which ornament them. Perhaps, no other phenomenon of Indian Art History has been as widely misunderstood as the ‘mithuna’ (eroticism) of the Hindu Temple.

Attempt has been made here to historically interpret the relationship of the former with the latter, which is the key to its understanding.



1. Introduction
2. Growth of the Hindu Temple
3. Characteristic features of the Khajuraho Temple
4. The Temples of Khajuraho :
1. The Chaunsath Jogini
2. The Kandariya Mahadeva
3. The Devi Jagdamba
4. The Chitragupta
5. The Vishwanath
6. The Nandi
7. The Parvati
8. The Devi (Lakshmi)
9. The Varaha
10. The Lakshman
11. The Matangeshwar (Mrtangeshwar)
12. The Ghantai
13. The Parshwanath
14. The Adinath
15. The Shantinath
16. The Brahma
17. The Javari
18. The Vamana
19. The Duladeva
20. The Chaturbhuj

5. The Devangana-Mithuna Sculptures
6. The Raison d’etre of Mithuna Depiction

APPENDIX: Synopsis of the Temple of Khajuraho
Glossary of Technical Terms