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Kandaria Mahadev Temple In Khajuraho :

The Kandaria Mahadev (The Great God Of The Cave) temple built by the Chandela dynasty is the largest temple in Khajuraho Group of Monuments. Spread over an area of six square kilometres in the Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It’s in the western part of the village to the west of the Vishnu temple. The Kandaria Mahadev Temple is one of the best examples of medieval period temples of India and it’s the largest of the western group of temples in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments complex. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The Kamasutra :

Kamasutra is a remarkable document, giving us insights into the Indian social and political ethos some 2000 years ago. It’s considered as the worlds oldest treatise on Sex. The writings, paintings, and sculptures in Khajuraho Group of Monuments is an important source of information in understanding one of the worlds oldest living civilization. The Kamasutra name is derived from the name of the Hindu God of Love, Kamadeva. The writings in the book contain about one thousand two hundred and fifty ‘Shlokas and Verses‘ and it’s divided into seven parts comprising thirty-six chapters. These writings date back to the first century of the Christian era.

Kama (meaning love/sex) and religion are like the two sides of the same coin. It has also been depicted in the great Hindu epics. Even the Rig Veda (one of the four-book of knowledge in Hinduism) written about 4500 BC talks about the romance between an Apsara (celestial dancer) Urvashi and King Pururavas. Arjuna in the Mahabharata resists the lusting Apsara. The eighth avatar (reincarnation) of Lord Vishnu that is Lord Krishna is a perfect example of a divine lover. His sexual frolicking with the village maidens known as Gopis has been expressed in paintings and dances. Many temples walls are adorned with this art form. One must understand that in Indian ethos a very fine line divides sex and religion.

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