Author: Maqbool AhmadPublisher: Asian Publication ServicesYear: 1993Language: EnglishPages: 82ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
This work dwells on the relationship and meaning of Erotica and Temple worship.The Art of Khajuraho is the Art of Temple Architecture. In the sacred atmosphere of these temples of Khajuraho, one witnesses the intense moments of union of couples in various moods and forms. They depict no ordinary union of men and women. Instead they are the manifestations of the cosmic form Purusa the God with Sakti the mother form, the PrakritiThe temples were regarded as the symbols of righteousness of law and cosmic order. Since at the peak of sex, man and woman dissolve into each other and become one, they attain the state of nothingness, a vacuum, a void - a stage which has been strived to be attained by the sages and the ascetics, the ascetics of old times, advised people to attain salvation through the practice of sex, to practice it religiously and as a religious form. Hence the architecture of Khajuraho is full of copulating couples in various stages of coition, practicing sex as a form of prayer and ritual, their faces calm and serene which have been carved by the marvelous chisel of the artists who worked in veneration to produce these marvels of history, to give shape to the puranic and tantric thought. They placed them outside and inside the temples to evolve a unique style of temple architecture.
PrefaceForewordPART IIntroductionCHAPTER IBrief HistoryCHAPTER IITantra ReligionCHAPTER IIIOrigin of Temple - ArchitectureCHAPTER IVDevelopment of Temple - ArchitectureCHAPTER VKhajuraho Temple ArchitectureCHAPTER VIThe MonumentsCHAPTER VIIThe Erotic SculpturesCHAPTER VIIISignificance of Erotic-SculpturesCHAPTER IXConclusionBibliographyArchitectural TerminologyPART IIIllustrations