Stone Temple Porn

We’d heard of the erotic temples between Varanasi and Delhi and who doesn’t want to see some ancient Indian porn? So we braved the potholed highways through overpopulated areas (read: cows, dogs, goats, school children, people wandering out into the road without bothering to look if it’s free). This was relieved only by endless road works, dusty potholed gravel and diversions through disintegrating tarmac and sandy paths past unfinished bridges, all attempting to finish a four lane highway by the beginning of the rainy season. In short, wrist juddering, teeth clattering hell!

But the promise of a nice, affordable hotel (as they tend to be in the most touristy places) in a relaxing village spurred us on (not to mention the pornographic temples)! And we did find some pretty scenery, big castles and elephants along the ride, cheering us up a little.

The Panna Tiger reserve also provided some pretty winding forest roads to ride through. But I was so busy enjoying the scenic ride, I didn’t get my camera out till we reached the Rapeseed flower infused green wheat fields just outside Kajuraho.

After spotting the ceremonial camel hanging out (it would take part in the upcoming Shivatri festival parade) we settled into our room with a well deserved new drink: Grunk (Grape Juice and Old Monk).

The following day we went to see the Western temple group, set in lawns with nice flowery gardens.

The temples themselves are more intricately carved than the usual Hindu temples we’ve seen with stunning exteriors, ceilings and inner sanctums.

There are special small temples with a boar and a cow in another, the holy steeds of the gods to which the temple opposite each is dedicated.

The pedestals they are built on are repaired using old pieces that didn’t fit anywhere else, resulting in random higgledy piggledy carvings, sometimes put in sideways. And all sorts of scenes of life and war are depicted all over including elephants and Hatti thought he’d join them.

As usual people took photos of us and asked Aidan to take pictures of them, even though they could not take them home.

While all this is pretty nice, I know that’s not why you bothered reading this post. You just wanted to see the porn…

Wait, you didn’t catch that? Here’s the detail šŸ™‚

And then there is lots more of course!

Indian believers have a habit of touching various statues and holy stones to take a blessing. Guess where they touched this one…

 

 

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