Erotic art in Khajuraho – What it reflects?

Despite all its grace and artistic splendor the Khajuraho erotic temple art is often a vulnerable target of an ethical question fired: How obscene or objectionable is the art? Apparently an embarrassing question, but it has explanations in its defense. This is an open end issue and the answer rests upon your perception of eroticism and carnal acts of pleasure. The essence of the concept that backs Khajuraho temple art suggests sex as a means to an end and not an end in itself. The visual impact of the statues in erotic unification can be quite deceitful unless the inner philosophy is understood.

Erotic structure does not account one tenth of the total structure of Khajuraho temple

Facts and concepts of sex advance beyond the physical part and finds explanation in the regular rhythm of life that is fundamentally guided by the cosmic energies. The eventual target of sex is the massively explosive energy that is released into the system. This is not an external energy it is built within out of the fundamental elements that constitute us. The outburst of celestial elation and communion of sexual pleasure with the cosmos is perhaps best exhibited in the Khajuraho temple sculpture.

As explained by the Indian philosophy, sex is something much above the mundane positioned at an elevated platform rolling the ball of eternal cycle of life and death. If love making wasn’t a delightful experience man would seldom think of unifying with his female counterpart leading to the dreadful consequence of becoming extinct as a species. Some cosmic entity who designed the universe must have set its equilibrium in such a brilliant fashion that life without sex is unthinkable, and the act releases enough energy to support creation of future progeny. The result of sexual explosion is akin to cosmic eruption where elemental fragments collide to liberate heat and eventually waves of energy.

 Army is maching for war. They carry weapons in their hand and few army is marching in horse. Horse is used in wars in medieval India

The erotic art in Khajuraho temples is not bound within the confinement of physical union alone for it justifies the act and finds a parallel phenomena displayed by the cosmic bodies. All the storehouse of energy be it sexual or cosmic is located within. Drawing an analogy, we see that all the erotic images are placed outside the temple. The energy is stored inside within the walls, and it is here where the divine power the source of energy resides. Much of the artwork is symbolic. The statues frozen in erotic acts represent the sea of knowledge. This is sculpted in stone so that it is preserved down the generations and knowledge shared. Khajuraho temple art is erotic but not abusive or profane. It is a vast inventory of wisdom conserved in stone.

Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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