The Tantric Mysteries of India’s Kama Sutra Temples



Image: Abhishek Singh aka Bailoo

Couple at Khajuraho

In the mid-19th century, British engineer T.S. Burt was assigned to trek through the jungles of central India. On his way he came across a series of intricately carved temples, made from pink and yellow sandstone, depicting scenes of orgies, masturbation and even bestiality.


Image: Abhishek Singh aka Bailoo

Figures at Khajuraho

Though engineer Burt deemed the temples ‘offensive’, ‘amazingly historic’ would have been a better description. The Khajuraho temples, of which only 22 of the original 85 remain standing, were created between 950 and 1150 by the Chandel kings.

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