Let’s play a
game. I’ll tell a word and you tell me what first comes to your mind.
First word Temple – Prayer, Religion, Spirituality, Harmony, etc. Now,
the second word Khajuraho – Sex, Erotic Carvings, Kamasutra, Nudity,
etc. Why in heavens name was a temple in India adorned and surrounded
by erotic carvings?
Well there is no clear answer. Some of the popular theories (read myths) that are doing rounds are:-
1) It was created to prevent the rain god Indra from striking the place with lightning. Indra was a keen voyeur and would have baulked at damaging such a source of pleasure.
2) The carvings served as a kind of how-to-do-it manual for Brahmin boys growing up in segregated schools.
Much more convincing is the theory that these are Tantric images
depicting the realization of baser instincts as a way to blot out the
evils of the world and achieve final Nirvana, read liberation.
days Indira isn't the only one to enjoy a peek at these apsaras
(celestial maidens); hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to
Khajuraho each year to see the exquisite adults-only carvings adorning
the village's temples. There are more than 20 odd temples with
sculptures which can give the latest Kingfisher swimsuit and Pirelli
calendars a run for their money.
Let me warn you:
Go there only if you can cut yourself out of modern morality and just
look at the sculptures as a joyous celebration of the possibilities of
Getting there: Only God knows how I got there…
Things to do / see:
temples, hmm! Believe me if you have seen one you have seen them all.
So, be judicious and visit two or three temples from the main complex.
visit Panna wildlife sanctuary (20 odd kms from Kajuraho) on an open
jeep (you can book one at Kajuraho itself). Be early and you might spot
a Tiger apart from the other lesser beings! Lady luck was with us – we
did spot one.