Author: R NathPublisher: RupaYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 96ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129103877
For centuries, the Erotic Sculptures of the temples of Khajuraho have thrilled human imagination. Do these sculptures merely ornament them, or can their presence be attributed to some other reasons. All these questions related to the Architecture of these temples have been answered in an extremely simple and lucid style. Supported by black and white and color plates and drawings, this study of the art and architecture of Khajuraho will be appreciated by both the layman and the serious scholar.This is a study of the temples of Khajuraho and the devangana-mithuna sculptures which ornament them. Perhaps, no other phenomenon of Indian Art History has been as widely misunderstood as the ‘mithuna’ (eroticism) of the Hindu Temple. Attempt has been made here to historically interpret the relationship of the former with the latter, which is the key to its understanding.
Contents1. Introduction2. Growth of the Hindu Temple3. Characteristic features of the Khajuraho Temple4. The Temples of Khajuraho :1. The Chaunsath Jogini2. The Kandariya Mahadeva3. The Devi Jagdamba4. The Chitragupta5. The Vishwanath6. The Nandi7. The Parvati8. The Devi (Lakshmi)9. The Varaha10. The Lakshman11. The Matangeshwar (Mrtangeshwar)12. The Ghantai13. The Parshwanath14. The Adinath15. The Shantinath16. The Brahma17. The Javari18. The Vamana19. The Duladeva20. The Chaturbhuj5. The Devangana-Mithuna Sculptures6. The Raison d’etre of Mithuna DepictionAPPENDIX: Synopsis of the Temple of KhajurahoGlossary of Technical Terms