The Picturesque Khajuraho: History Of Its Erotic Sculptures
Today, Khajuraho is an international spot of tourism. The main sources of attraction to tourists are the men and women idolised in various erotic and lustful poses, exhibiting the most morbid sexual indulgence akin to erotomania. There is a very pertinent question in every mind, why this sort of idolisation based on sexual erotomania has been accommodated in these holy shrines, which are dignified as abodes of divine sublimity, far above the worldly defilement. Is there any spiritual mystery behind it? It has largely been acknowledged that the temples have in their make up, an overwhelming influence of the cult, and its approach came to be presented in these captivating sculptures in Khajuraho; how could it establish itself? These are the questions demanding explanations. It is also surprising, how the followers of the Tantrik cult became so predominant as enabled them to get such majestic edifices built, for the propagation of their beliefs and their doctrines. Who was that blessed Raja, under whose patronage this new type of conception incarnated into a concrete shape? What would have been happening, during the construction of such temples? It is also surprising that the Chandel Kings, who brought such marvellous edifices into existence, have left even no stone inscriptions, which might throw ample light on the history of those times! The vivid expression of most delicate emotions in stone figures is no doubt the handiwork of some very great sculpting genius. He has virtually engraved poetry through these figures in stones. To answer all these salient questions, the outstanding novelist, poet and artist, late Shri Ambika Prasad Divya had written this enchanting gem of a novel which he originally wrote in Hindi. It is the first novel, even written on the origin of Khujuraho. The novel is the wonderful product of history and imagination. The story of the novel is so forceful and so illustrative of the then circumstances of Chandel period. That it reflects the History itself. No doubt, the novel is bound to receive due recognition as History in future. Mittal Publications ae proud to place this unique book in the hands of their readers.
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