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The temples of Love

The significance of erotic sculptures in the Khajuraho temples has been interpreted in many ways. Some regard them as representations mirroring the lax moral standards of contemporary society.

For some others, these are the illustrations of erotic postures mentioned in the ancient text, Kamasutra, which is regarded as the classical treatise on lovemaking.

However, the mostly accepted view is that these sculptures symbolize the concept of Tantric love. According to this, sexual act is a blend of Yoga (spirituality) and Bhoga (physical pleasure). Enjoyment of senses was seen as an easier way to salvation.

However, such representations are the finest sculptural composition, which vibrate with a rare sensitivity and warmth of emotions.