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The Khajuraho Temples are located in the Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India. These temples are associated with two religions, namely, Hinduism and Jainism. Interestingly, this site has been well recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and was given the title of “World Heritage Site" by the organisation.
It is believed that these temples were built between 885 AD and 1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty.Now, who were the Chandelas? An interesting story is on its way for you. Once there was a woman, named Hemvati, who was very beautiful and gorgeous, hailed from modern day Varanasi. It is believed that Hemvati was the daughter of a priest.One day, while she was bathing in the nearby village pond, Lord Chandra, the God of the Moon, became enchanted by her beauty, and decided to spend the night with her in human form. Following this event, Hemvati became pregnant in the morning.
So, she asked Lord Chandra as to what she should do now, as she will not be accepted by her family and village. To this, Lord Chandra replied that she will find refuge along the banks of the Karnavati river, and her upcoming child will go on to become a great king. As expected, Hemvati was rejected by her family and was thrown out of the village for her unexpected pregnancy. But, she followed the advice of Lord Chandra, and took refuge near the Karnavati river. Soon, Hemvati's son was born, and out of respect for Lord Chandra, she named him, Chandravarman.
As it was said by Lord Chandra that Hemvati's child would become a great king, the prophecy was becoming true with passing days. Chandravarman became a successful king by defeating many kings and their kingdoms. But still, there was a blemish on the king's face because he did not had a father.
So one day, Chandravarman ordered a cabinet of Bramhins to help him solve this problem. Surprisingly, majority of Brahmins suggested that he should make 84 statues depicting sexual acts around his place of birth, which was near the Karnavati, in order to normalise the act of “illegitimate sex", which means getting indulged in the act of sexual intimacy without being married.
Hence, Khajuraho Temples are famous because they depict how “illegitimate sex", “polygamy" “polyandry", and even “homosexuality", are all normal phenomena, and it is completely fine.
Keywords: Khajuraho Temples, India, UNESCO, Sexual Intimacy, History, Chandela Dynasty.