Khajuraho art and sculpture


The sandstone temples are covered with intricate sculpture and design. The sculptures reflect life in the middle ages - warfare,  animals (both mytical and real), Gods and deities, voluptuous women, and scenes from the kamasutra.  Khajuraho is often referred to as a place of erotic sculpture, but only about 10% are of a sexual nature.  Most of the statues are of women, which seems to indicate that they were held in high esteem during this era. They are posing seductively, teasingly, and are not shy when it comes to love making. 

                                        Eating, thinking - what is happening here?

Elephant as executioner

The “Makara" in Hindu culture represents a sea creature, here, with the head of an elephant and the body of a crocodile.  It is a vehicle of the river goddess Ganga and the sea god Varuna.  Makeras protect the entrance to the temple.

A mighty lion protecting the entrance to a temple               

The sculptures are intricately carved - here you can make out the tiny beads and facial features.  

Narasimha - Vishnu avatar, killing the demon king Hiranyakashipu

Removing something from a foot

Erotic sculptures are randomly found amongst warriors, elephants, and other scenes of life

Well…no words needed here.

Finely detailed figure with a circle of cobras around the head

Notice how they poise with the weight on one leg or the other.  

Altar area is small and dark and seems so much older than the rest of the temple

Inside a temple

Amazing that all these sculptures and temples survived for over a thousand years

© Phyllis Nethercot 2016