1. These erotic Indian temples
From Sun to Moon, and Soul to Sex, we Indians have god for almost everything. Lord Kamadeva also known as Mara is a Hindu god of human love and desire. A few might take his name in a hush-hush manner, others would rather pretend they do not worship him; on the other hand they praise him the most for enlightening them. So, it is but natural to explain why we Indians connect sex to spirituality!
2. Beautiful Indian temples
Many ancient Indian temples are decorated with sexual imageries depicting that sex was considered to be a spiritual pathway and not a hedonistic activity. Unlike people of today’s time, who would rather not accept an artist displaying his nude work, we have come to believe that ancient India was quite open-minded. And, these carvings are a stark proof.
3. Temple famous for their carvings
You will be surprised to know that many Indian temples that are bombarded by devotees’ and visitors are known for their erotic sculptures than the deities. We are going to take you through some of the most beautiful and erotic Indian temples that have been worshipped since centuries.
4. Markandeshwar, Maharashtra
The Shiva temple built on the banks of river is believed to have been mysteriously created within one night by the demon, who worshiped Lord Shiva. The sexual carvings on the walls outside are believed to be the work of demons.
5. Virupaksha, Hampi
The Shiva temple is a declared UNESCO World Heritage, and is located on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Apart from the sexual imageries on its out walls, the temple is widely appreciated and praised for impeccable construction including the sanctum, three ante chambers, a pillared hall and an open pillared hall.
6. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
It is not one but a group of small temples, which are believed to have been built in honor of Lord Shiva and other deities, who had once come to visit the city. The temple attracts hordes of tourists worldwide especially for its sculptures and depiction of the four goals of Hinduism- Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
7. Padawali, Madhya Pradesh
Though at present, most of the temple lies in ruins thanks to the wild greenery alongside Chambal River, but its beauty till date remains unmatched. The Padawali temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, attract locals and travelers. Despite the temple being in such rugged conditions, the carvings and statues on top walls and stairs remain intact. The temple is famous for its wild erotic carvings.
8. Sun Temple, Konark
Dedicated to Lord Sun, the temple is also known as ‘Black Pagoda’ and was created in the early 13th century. It is sculpted in a form of giant chariot with stone wheels, walls and pillars. The carvings on its walls have for long being the talked for its eroticism. Britishers during their rule called this the “'most beautiful and yet the most obscene.”
9. Bhoramdeo, Chattisgarh
This group of four temples has been described as a "scintillating poetry in stone". The erotic was created under the reign of kings who are believed to have practised Tantrism and Occult.
10. Jagdish Mandir, Udaipur
The Jagannath Rai temple of Udaipur, Rajasthan is famously called Jagdish Mandir. This three-story temple built with black stone have has structures on the inside built with brass. It also has writings belonging to the time Maharana Jagat Singh, under whose reign it was constructed. Though the temple too has some erotic structures built on the outside walls, but has logic behind it. According to it, humans must give up all sorts of worldly pleasure before entering the holy inner sanctum.
11. Sun Temple, Gujarat
The temple as of now does not hold any religious practice like, prayers or offerings to the idol, but it still draws in a lot of tourists. Listed under the Archaeological Survey of India, the Sun temple was constructed in the 11th century. The erotic carvings on its walls have a fairly good reason defended by locals, “Sex back then was not impure or immoral, but was a pathway to birth.”
12. Osian, Rajasthan
This Jain temple is located in the Osian village on the outskirts of Jodhpur. Local villagers explain that the sexual imageries were created because sex was considered equivalent to other worldly pleasure. And, teaching to imbibe what makes one feel good.
13. Ranakpur, Rajasthan
This Jain temple is a dedication to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar. It is widely appreciated for its serene and elaborate sculptures. It is a surprising fact that no two carvings are alike.
14. Lingaraja Temple, Bhubaneshwar
The temple on regular basis sees minimum 6000 tourists per day. It is quite famous for mythological sculptures and erotic art, along with sacred Hindu text on sex.
15. Tripurantaka Temple, Karnataka
Constructed back in 1070 CE, the temple is in today’s time known as Shivamogga. In addition to the famous intricate stone carvings, the temple has a lot of sculptures from the Kamasutra carved on the outer walls.
16. Kailasa, Ellora
World famous Kailasa temple was created to give an exact feel of Lord Shiva’s residence Mount Kailasa, and was dedicated to him. What’s intriguing about its construction is that this temple was built in downward position i.e. started from top of the rock and constructed downwards. The erotic carvings on its walls have for so long being talked about.
17. Nanda Devi Temple, Almora
Nanda Devi was a consort of Lord Shiva and this temple was a dedication to her, built in the idyllic valley of flowers, Uttarakhand. Though the temple is quite simple but has numerous erotic carvings on its walls.