World Heritage Temples

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Trip End Mar 18, 2011


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Flag of India  , Madhya Pradesh,
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

We made it to Khajuraho’s World Heritage-listed site via plane to see some of the worlds finest temple art and is also considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India. I have made a short slide show of our guided day tour though the 3 site locations.

The temples 85 in all-of which only 25 remain were built during a century long burst of creative genius from 950 to 1050 AD. The cities isolation helped preserve them from the desecration of Muslim invaders, which destroyed many other locations.

Slowly abandoned and eventually fell into ruin, the jungle took over the area. We saw the same process was done in our Southeast Asia trip to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The wider world remained ignorant until British officer TS Burt was guided to the ruins in 1838.

Below are some facts about the history of the art on the temples:

The Khajuraho temples are known for their sexual art on the outside walls but, do not contain any erotic art inside the temple or near the deities. For seeing the deity, one must leave his or her sexual desires outside the temple. They also show that divinity, such as the deities of the temples, which is not affected by sexual desires and other characteristics of the physical body. It has been suggested that these suggest sexual practices.

Meanwhile, the external curvature and carvings of the temples depict humans, human bodies, and the changes that occur in human bodies, as well as facts of life. Some 10% of the carvings contain sexual themes; those reportedly do not show deities, they show sexual activities between people. The rest depict the everyday life of the common Indian of the time when the carvings were made, and of various activities of other beings. For example, those depictions show women putting on makeup, musicians, potters, farmers, and other folk. Those mundane scenes are all at some distance from the temple deities.
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Juan Ipina on

I'm planing my next trip to India, in your experiences !! Greats pictures!!
Thank you and keep it caming!
Juan et Pierrette

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