Temples of Love
Typical erotic posture from Khajuraho
The name Khajuraho may be derived from khajura (date palm), 
which grows freely in the area and perhaps because there were two 
golden khajura trees on a carved gate here. The old name was 
Kharjuravahaka (scorpion bearer), the scorpion symbolizing poisonous lust. 
The temples were built under the late Chandela kings between 950 and 1050 AD in a 
truly inspired burst of creativity. With the fading of Chandela fortunes, 
the importance of Khajuraho waned but temple building continued until the 
12th century at a much reduced pace. The Chandelas were followers of the 
Tantric cult which believes that gratification of earthly desires is a step towards 
attaining the ultimate liberation. Tantrism has been mostly misunderstood 
and the Philosophical part of Tantras like the Mahanirvana Tantra have been 
totally forgotten. This was one of the reasons why Tantrics perished. 
Nevertheless it remains a distinct path of Spiritual Practice though it has very few followers all over the world.

1. It must be emphasized that Khajuraho Temples, do not contain sexual
themes inside the Temple premises or near the deity but only on external 
carvings. They portray that for seeing the deity, one must leave his sexual 
desires outside the Temple. They also depict that the inner deity of the 
Temple is pure like the soul (atman) which is unaffected by sexual desires 
and other gross tendencies, destiny etc, whereas the external 
curvature and carvings of the Temples depict the bodily changes that occur in us.

2. Only as many as 10% carvings contain sexual themes, not between any 
deities but between ordinary humans. The rest depict the common man's life of those days. 
For example ladies applying makeup, musicians, potters, Farmers etc. 
All these are away from Temple deities. They give the message that one should always 
have God as the central point in one's life even though one is engaged in worldly activities.

3. In Khajuraho Temples, the idols of Shiva, Nandi, Goddess Durga, Incarnations of Vishnu etc are fully clothed.

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