The erotic allure of India’s Khajuraho temples

Scandalous sleaze or erotic art? The carvings of India’s Khajuraho Temples are nothing if not controversial, writes Alison Stewart.

Puritans viewing the erotic carvings on the Khajuraho Temples in central India’s Madhya Pradesh have been quick to pronounce them “offensive pornographic scenes to excite savage passions”.

Even Mahatma Gandhi found the temples deeply distressing, and encouraged his posse of pious vandals to chip the temple walls clean of “indecent and embarrassing” affronts to Indian culture.

They weren’t terribly successful.

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