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Erotic sculptures in temples
Erotic sculptures in temples

Rufi malik
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Why in ancient period erotic scul ptures were carved in temples Is there any religious or social reasons

Posted On : 5/5/2009 1:29:05 AM

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Indravadan Modi
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Liberal representation of erotic figures on the temple walls i guess was a fashion of the ancient age. Not only in Hindu temple, but also in Jain and Budhist monuments such erotic sculptures were being used in decorating the monuments. Indian mythology says that erotic sculptures are helpful in warding off the anger of natural calamities. This could be a reason why such figures were represented in temples to ward off the evils.

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A very interesting question. Thanks for such a thought provoking question. One of the most discussed aspects of Indian temple sculpture is its amorous aspect. various explanations have been offered for these mithunas , but no single explanation has succeeded in resolving the mystery that why such erotic sculpture adorns the temple wall. A.K. Coomaraswamy has mentioned that the Indian sex-symbolism is sacramental and in its likeness and therefore the erotic sculpture epitomise the union of the individual soul with the universal spirit. Coomaraswamy further described the erotic sculptures as symbolic of the illusory world of pleasure or MAYA in contrast to the solemn character of the inner side of the sanctuary. The outside of the temple represents various activities that belong to the samsara beyond that and within the temple is the image of God. The worshipper must overcome the world of pleasure to find this god.

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Maniam PS
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Actually it also baffles me as to why such carvings were adopted in holy Hindu temples. My guess is that, it could be to educate the mass at that time of the intimate pleasures that can be enjoyed or attained using varied styles.

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Ragamala Chakraborty
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According to one authority, a man and woman in erotic embrace stand as the emblem of the union of the soul. It was believed that such erotic figures save the temple from beings struck by the lightening. The reason given for this is that Indra who is the rain God is himself a great connoisseur of Kama, will not damage anything pertaining to that and thus the temple will be saved from lightening

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Chetan Juneja
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hello members... interesting post .. what i feel that the presence of erotic sculptures show that there were no taboos or inhibitions against kama at that time. The people of that time took a healthy view of things and gave kama its requisite place in its life. At that time Kama or pursuit of pleasure was deemed to be one of the four legitimate aims of life.. quite naturally therefore in temple walls in other edifices also there was an abundance of these erotic sculptures .. these erotic scenes were not regarded as abnormal or unnatural.

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Posted By : Chetan Juneja   Posted On : 5/11/2009 4:06:34 AM  Go

hello members... interesting post .. what i feel that the presence of erotic sculptures show that th..


I have a doubt that these erotic sculptures were not regarded as abnormal or unnatural... then why did they depict with animal and human

Posted On : 5/11/2009 9:09:13 PM

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Maniam PS
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now can anyone tell me about the mini erotic sculptures depicted in temple s sanctum doorway frames, are they sculptures or are they sand art???

Posted On : 5/31/2009 8:54:57 PM

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I think we need to see the erotiquization at some temple towns like Khajuraho and Bhubvanwsara and else where not in terms of the erotique representation from a sexual perspective but slightly more than that. SOmething which may have symbolized the communion of the soul or just the human s desire to be part of the act, putting these at the outer walls of the temples was more like cleaning it or guiding to the visitor/worshipper to cleanse the mind and soul of the humanly desire and then enter the temple which was abode of God for a healthy communion with the Supreme Being.

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Maniam PS
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Your explanation is quite acceptable Kanyal Singh.

Posted On : 11/8/2009 11:21:04 PM

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lavanya suryawanshi
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yes, we have think with the period it has been sculpted....the society, the way of life, way of worship and way of thinking in all the way with each period.....don t judge it by our own...I think we have to increase our level of thinking with the history and philosophy...all added comments are really welcome and honest...but i think we should get rid of with our instant thinking mentality...I THINK there is somthing called NIVRUTTI and PRAVRUTTI in indian philosophy...we may get answers about above questions with that time/period.....

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