India is particularly a conservative country for the last few hundred years,talking about sex is a taboo. Sex was a subject in formal education, and Kamasutra, the world’s first sex treatise, was written in ancient India between the 4th Century BCE and the 2nd Century.
The erotic sculptures were carved because they use to believe that one should relieve all his/her desires and lust before entering to the holy temples.
Here are 5 temples in India where you can find erotic sculptures:
1. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
The Khajuraho temples feature a variety of art work, the erotic arts are part of Hindu tradition of treating KAMA as an essential and proper part of human life, and its symbolic or explicit display is common in Hindu temples.
2. Sun Temple, Konark
Britishers have called the Konark Temple ‘most beautiful and yet the most obscene’.The sculptures are a part of Samsara which the human must ultimately give up to reach within, on the path of Moksha.
3. Jagdish Mandir, Udaipur
The outer walls of the temple symbolize the worldly pleasures that humans need to give up to reach the inner sanctum or God.
4. Markandeshwar, Maharashtra
Some of the carvings include sexual imagery which some say is the work of demons as the temple is said to have been mysteriously constructed within one night.
5. Virupaksha, Hampi
The temple is beautifully structured,the courtyards, steps and smaller shrines lining the temples are also beautifully carved. The temple boasts of some erotic imagery on the outer walls.