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Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017

Not all erotic arts found in India can be deemed as sacred or pure. Regardless, they are worthy expressions of art.

Question Why sex in places of worship?


  • It is possible that some temple builders regarded creation (or reproduction) as the greatest miracle and  glorified it.
  • Shakti (or the feminine force of creation) and Hinduism have close associations and many cults in India today practice the worship of the genitalia. If one does not consider sex as dirty, there is no problem considering it as sacred.
  • Some scholars opine that the temples were decorated with erotica to increase interest in family life, after ascetic religions gathered momentum in India.
Question You say  "... there is only beauty and no perversion in these temples." How can bestiality and sadism be considered beautiful art?
Answer The quoted sentence refers only to the Temples of Khajuraho.

Not all erotic arts found in India are in temples or can be considered beautiful, sacred, or pure. During my studies, I have come across plenty of ancient and medieval art that can be deemed obscene and vulgar by today's standards. They are worthy expressions of art regardless.


Question I am an student of art/anthropology/sociology. How can I get to see all the pictures in your collection?
Answer We are withholding publication of some of the controversial pictures on the Internet. Please contact Vikas Kamat if you need a specific picture or an enlargement of a picture. An image handling fee may be applicable.

Alternately, you can buy Kamat's The Erotic Arts of India CD-ROM.

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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 BallegaviErotic Paintings of IndiaManmatha Shooting Arrow of Love from GajanaariPractice Yoga and Excel at SexIslamic Kamasutra (?)
Couple at ForeplayMonkey 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 Sex
The Mutually Reciprocal PositionSex 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 Woman
Mankinds First Erotic Art?Threesome (?) Depiction

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