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Khajaraho, India


"Relief of a temple in Khajaraho, India", Elroy Christenson 1968.

Khajaraho is a romote and difficult-to-get-to village in north-central India, at least before the airport was built. There are about 12 temples here remaining here out of as many as 45 temples dedicated to the tantric Hindu worship based on sexual gratification. Many of the carvings are very explicit versions that depict positions from the Kamasutra of Vatsyayana. Most temples were constructed around the 9th to 11th century.

Of the three - Dharma, Artha and Kama, Kama "must be learned by all because pleasures are as necessary as food for one's existence and well-being, and are consequenlty required equally. Pleasures are in fact the first fruits of good Dharma and Artha, but they must be pursued with moderation and caution born from knowledge. "

source: Baruna, Shankar. The Art of Kamasutra, Lustre Press Ltd., New Delhi, India 1995

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