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The poetry of sculptures, Khajuraho

The sculptures of Khajuraho can be divided broadly into five categories. The first category comprises of formal cult images which strictly confirm to the canonical formulae and prescriptions.

The second category consists of the family, attendant and enclosing deities. They are figured against the walls of the temples or are executed either in the round or in the high or medium relief.

The third category, comprising of sura sundaris or heavenly beauties is considered to be the finest and the most numerous sculptures in Khajuraho. They are represented as graceful nymphs, attired in the choicest garments and bedecked in the finest jewellery.

The fourth category deals with the secular themes like domestic scenes, teachers and disciples and erotic couple. The sculptures of the fifth category picturise animals, both mythical and real.