Celebrated for its majestic sculptures and temples built by the Chandella rulers between the tenth and twelfth centuries, Khajuraho is popularly linked with with erotic sculpture. Although the erotic images are powerful, they constitute less than one-tenth of the magnificent sculpture found there. This beautifully illustrated book provides a complete introduction to the world of the temples, including the history, patronage, court culture, iconography, and distinctive features of the sculptures and architecture. It also includes a new interpretation of the erotic figures, uncovering their deeper symbolism and questioning their immediate connection to the Kamasutra. Written for general readers and including tips for visitors, the book describes each of the twenty-two temples in detail and also discusses the newly excavated Bijamandala temple and the three museums at the site.
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PatronsThe Chandella Royal Family
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Adinatha apsaras Archaeological Survey architect architecture auspicious Boar Brahma Brahmins built cardinal niches carved centre Chakreshvari Chandella Chandella king Chaturbhuja temple Chhatarpur Chitragupta circa Cunningham dancing deities Delhi demon depicted Devi Jagadamba temple devotees Dikpalas divinities door lintel Duladeva enshrined erotic figures erotic sculptures excavated exterior wall festivals Ganesha garbhagriha group of temples hall Hindu Hotel icon incarnation of Vishnu inscription Jain Jain temples Jhansi Jina Kalanjar Kandariya Mahadeva temple Kapalikas Ken river Khajuraho temples Krishna Lakshmana temple linga Madhya Pradesh mahamandapa Mahoba makara Matangeshvara Matrikas medieval mithunas monuments motifs Museum mythic Parshvanatha Parvati Photo platform plinth posture Pratihara religious river goddess ruler Sadashiva sanctum wall sandhara Shaivite Shantinatha Shiva Shiva temples shrine surasundaris Survey of India Surya Tantric temple at Khajuraho temple Fig tenth century Tirthankaras torana Tourist uopunsojns Vaikuntha Vamana Varaha village Vishnu Vishvanatha temple vyalas Western Group World Heritage worship Yakshas Yantra Yogini