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Worship of Genitalia 

by K.L.Kamat
First Written: February 5th, 1999
Page Last Updated: October 31, 2016

The majority of non-Indians have difficulty to understand and appreciate Indian way of thinking, Hindu philosophy, abstract concepts of Hinduism and its attitude towards life, and mock the practice of worship of genitalia. The Hindus have created different images gods and these deities perform all activities of the mortals!  A section of  Hindus believe that Lord Shiva acted as father, the Earth as mother, and all plants and animals are result of their union! "Linga" (penis) represents masculinity and "Yoni" (vagina) connotes cosmic felinity. Therefore Shiva's abode is believed to be hills and mountains which have a great resemblance to Linga. Kailash in Himalaya Mountains range and  Mahadeva Mountains in Madhya Pradesh with tapering peaks are supposed to be Shiva's very favorite residences.

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Male Organ as a Symbol of Lord Shiva
Male Organ as a Symbol of Lord Shiva
Some sculptures have used black granite to erect a "Linga" at the middle of which Shiva stands out.

The earliest linga is found in Mohenjadaro remains which dates back to three thousand years B.C. It very much resembles a human penis and its body and glans could clearly be distinguished easily. There are lingas as old as second century B.C. and they are still being worshipped. The followers of a later age were not pleased by the stone images of linga as a representative of Lord Shiva, and they added his image in front it. Some sculptors went ahead and carved the image of Shiva inside the linga itself. In some specimens it looks as though Siva rises from the linga. Earlier, pedestals were used to erect the linga but later the support part was given the shape of a "Yoni" and thus it became symbol of union of linga with yoni, which is the basis of all animal forms. 

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Worship of Linga
Worship of Linga
Town of Keladi, Karnataka

Shiva's devotees known as Shaivaites carry linga wherever they go. It may be located inside hair bun, tied to the neck, arm or shoulder. The linga may be stone, silver, gold or even of precious stone. Everyday a ceremonial bath is given to the linga and worshipped. For them it does not symbolize union of linga and Yoni but it is an abstract form of Shiva. it is very interesting to note Shiva is shown carrying a linga in some sculptures. 

Man and woman form one unit, i.e., human being is a single entity

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A Spectacular Mixed Metal Sculpture of Ardhanarishwara
A Spectacular Mixed Metal Sculpture of Ardhanarishwara
Androgynous form of Lord Shiva depicted in Indian art

Long ago the Indian sages, saints, and philosophers have codified eroticism into one individual concept. "Uma-maheswara" or "Ardhanareshswara" is special name coined for this super god. In art this individual is depicted as right half of Uma and left half of Shiva and have been fused in the middle. It may sound very absurd concept but it has sound philosophical and scientific basis for it. There is nothing like a perfect man or woman, but it is a dynamic equilibrium between masculinity and femininity. The presence of vestigious mammary glands in man and that of penis in the form of a clitoris indicates that an individual's sex is changeable. This could be brought about by hormonal treatment or by surgery. Thus an individual can change their linga or yoni depending upon the role one's sexuality.

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A Stone Sculpture of Lajja Gowri
A Stone Sculpture of Lajja Gowri
Sculpture near Mahakoota, near Badami

The worship of "Lajja-Gouri" (shy goddess) is a form of  yoni adornment. Such idols could be found at deserted temples in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra States of India. The stone or mud icons of nude female has its feet held back so as the genitalia is prominently exhibited. She also poses full grown breasts. The hands are raised and clenched in fists, or holding lotus flowers. The head is represented by large lotus. The body is very richly ornamented. The women having problems with their puberty, menses, conceiving and child-birth take  to worship Lajja-Gouri with all dedication they can command. as part of this ritual they apply butter and kumkum and sometimes taste the yoni of the idol. Another similar type of practice was prevalent at Chandragutti in Karnataka state. Women favored by the goddess Renuka being worshipped in nude (Batteley-seve -- service in nude). Such customs and rituals connected with eroticism are prevalent throughout India in one form or the other.


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Erotic Arts of India
A Beauty Prepares for her Lovers ArrivalMithuna -- Eternal loversSculpture from BallegaviRomantic CoupleNot Tonight Dear -- Couple in ConversationThe Swastika PositionErotica from Temple PanelLajja Gowri: Deity of FertilityA Stone Sculpture of Lajja GowriIndian Group Sex
Erotica from Nandi Temple, KhajurahoErotica from Nandi Temple, KhajurahoLajja Gowri Sculpture, AlampuramMan Disturbs Wife  Busy at WorkFresco Painting at SibiThe Man Makes a MoveRomance of Shiva and UmaLajja Gowri as the Deity of FertilityBlack and White UnionA Royal Couple in Romance
Rajasthani Couple Unite in a BalconyOne Man, Many WomenRomancing CoupleErotic PaintingIntoxication and SexErotic PaintingBlack and White ConjugationErotica from a Temple PanelAmorous Couple, AiholeTwo Panels Depicting Erotic Paintings
Some of the Erotic Arts are  in a dilapidated state and need enhancements to study themAn Ascetic Inviting a WomanWoman having a Sexual Contact with her DogVillagers Choice Sexual PositionRemoval of Clothes is OptionalThe Flying Bird PositionWoman Relaxing her Man in BedCouple Engaged in ForeplayWomen in EmbraceIndian Fetish
Erotic Engravings on the Partkal Temple Chariot, GoaTwo Men Coaxing a Woman to Cooperate in Sexual  ActsA Welcome to BedLady Calming-down an Erect ManShiva Arising from a LingaMale Organ as a Symbol of Lord ShivaPhallus as a Symbol of Lord ShivaHalf Man, Half WomanArdha-NarishwaraSmall Talk as Foreplay
The Leg-locked CoupleMan in Heat -- Sculpture from Medieval IndiaGroup Sex 1228 A.D.Group Sex Depicted in a ReliefA Couple in CoitusPreparing for ConjugationWoman Performing FellatioA Woman Lets a Monkey Taste her Body FluidsLady On Top PositionInterwoven Limbs
How to Fit Four on a Single BedHomosexual Men Making MerryThe Seduction of ShivaRomance of Uma and ShivaMan Fondles WifeWoman on Top PositionCopulating Couple -- Wooden SculptureAmorous CoupleMan with Two Lovers, Sibi PaintingErotic Art from Sibi Temple
King and his Queen Performing a Ritual for ProgenyAncient BestialityWoman with Mirror Consults her ManTantric FellatioKissing CoupleFull Body Excitement of Tantric SexGenius Art EroticaAcrobatic Sex PositionAncient Homosexuality?Oral Sex for One
Hidden SexAcrobatic Erotica!Mithuna CoupleVigorous Love MakingMedieval Workplace Harassment!

Love Temples of Khajuraho
Kamasutra Positions
Use of Nails
Erotica in Literature
Female Power Worship
Worship of Phallus
Worship of Women
Genitalia as Art
Bestiality in Art
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Artist Lets his Imagination Go WildDrinking Couple -- Sculpture from a Stupa in SanchiA Romantic CoupleMan punishes wifes paramourMan disturbs wife while she puts on make up<br>Ancient temple sculptureDepiction of BestialityErotica from a Chariot CarvingSelf help is the best help?Worship of Linga
Sculpture of Lajja GowriGirl preparing to meet boyfriendLovers, sculpture from a Khajuraho templeGenitalia WorshipDivine RecreationFriends Engaged in Sexual ActivitiesWorkplace Harassment ?!Two playful ladies bathing togetherMaking love on a comfortable bed, pillow and bed-spread
Man Fondles Two Women on a Swing<br>Mysore Traditional PaintingA man and two women are in the game of love.Not Tonight DearEnjoying each other companyPlayboy Krishna Makes Out in the BushWoman Worshipping an Erect LingaIn Explicit Detail…The Ishwara LingamWoman putting on makeup excites a man
A Warrior Spends Time With MistressNeeds of the body differ from that of the mind!<br>Two aroused Sadhus accosting a courtesanBirth of a Child <br> The Natural Culmination of Sexual ActivitySpanking in Medieval India (?) Divine recreation: Krishna with two Gopikas (female cowherds)Who Said Bigger is Better?!The Phallus: Facts and FallaciesI read and I forgot… I saw and I understoodAmorous Couple, Wooden Sculpture
A Beast Mounts a WomanSculpted Chandela Temples  Depicting EroticaThe Double DeckerCarvings on wooden car (chariot) in PattadakalMan and Woman in Beauty of UnionCouple Entangled in a Love KnotThe Mark of a Man!One Woman Takes on Two MenPlayful Girl Friends
Medieval Sculpture Depicting Group Sex Begging for LoveErotic Paintngs of IndiaDepilated LoversErotica of BallegaviManmatha Shooting Arrow of Love from GajanaariPractice Yoga and Excel at SexIslamic Kamasutra (?)Couple at Foreplay
Monkey KamasutraThe Comfort UnionCouple on their First Night Let Praise be Given to God that He has created WomanWoman Hanging on to her LoverLove, like liquor, intoxicates!Man uses his Phallus to beat the drum! Old Fashioned SexThe Mutually Reciprocal Position
Sex in the Kitchen!The Love Knot A Group Sex Scene Depicted in Ancient SculptureCouple Engaged in a Game of LoveIllustration Based on Kokashastra of KalyanamallaMaking Love on a SwingMithuna LoversMan Cajoles WomanMankinds First Erotic Art?
Threesome (?) Depiction

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