Temples of India - presented by Rolf A. F. Witzsche

The era of the great temples of India


one of the temples at Kajuraho - presented under license



In the case of the temple shown above, we see the male symbolism built into its outward structure (see a larger picture of the above temple), while unseen from the outside, the sanctum deep within is distinctly female in nature. The temples of Kahjuraho, build out of sandstone between 950 and 1050 AD, are amazingly complex in nature, with the tallest reaching upwards to 116 feet in height, have evidently presented engineering and construction challenges that rivals those of the building of the Giza pyramids in Egypt. In spite of the challenges 85 great temples of this type were built within the space of only 21 square miles, and within the timeframe of between 100-200 years. The largest of these, dedicated to the god Shiva, contains in its design over 900 sculpted statues. (See a larger version of the above) Khajuraho is located app. 620 kilometers southeast of New Delhi, the capital city of India. The Khajuraho temples, themselves, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are considered one of the "seven wonders" of India.

Whatever society had created 85 of such temples in slightly over a single century, all richly adorned with art, must have had an amazingly rich civilization that was supported with a powerful economic base, akin to a renaissance civilization. Of the 85 temples that had been built, 20 have survived. Many are in surprisingly good condition. Today's village of Khajuraho is surrounded by woodlands, a village populated by no more than 3,000 residents. However, it is visited each year by tourists from all over the world. Only 10% of the the thousands of carvings of all scenes of life that adorn the temples, are erotic in nature, and those are exclusively located on the outside of the temples and on the outer walls when the temples were created with double walls.

The "Erotic Temples Khajuraho" as are known the world over for their architecture, sculptures, and their focus on life and sex, are believed to have been built in the 10th century timeframe, during the time of the Chandela Rajputs. The builders must have used the skills of thousands of sculptors, architects and masons to produce these gigantic, yet intricate works. Nevertheless one finds almost no records of this activity in the annals of Indian history, except in the buildings themselves that present a profoundly intimate society. 

The only record that remains is carved into the temples themselves, in the form of the 'erotic' images. The intimacies displayed in the images, speak of a closely intimate society in all regards. In this we find the only clue that exists as to what stood behind the power of economy, art, and industry of the society that had created this great profusion of marvels in the space of a hundred years, or slightly more. 

We see an economic miracle before us here, on the scale of a great renaissance civilization, perhaps the greatest ever, but which suddenly vanished when the next perverting invasion occurred.  However, what now appears like an economic miracle, was likely nothing more than the natural productive outcome of an intensely intimate society, sexually, socially, civilly, economically, and perhaps also politically. On this basis the hue historic construction achievements were the result of a simple natural event. 

Historically, after the last temple had been completed the Chandela dynasty sunk into oblivion. The remaining evidence however suggests that the opposite likely happened, that when the building-process stopped, that is, when the impetus that stood behind the building process - the celebration of life itself - stopped, the end of the Chandela dynasty unfolded with it rather quickly, which seems to testify that Life itself is the great builder. The age of the intimacy ended with the Islamic invasion of India that occurred increasingly in this timeframe, which ended the era of the great Hindu temples in which the human form and sexual unity is prominently displayed. 

In the first half of the 10th century, Mahmud of Ghazni added the Punjab to the Ghaznavid Empire and conducted several raids deeper into modern day India. The Chandela may have been defeated by this invasion with a religion focused on a sexually isolated and dominated society. The Taj Mahal (below) constructed in white marble, appears to have been built at the height of the Hindu culture before the next, more successful, invasion occurred at the end of the 12th century, carried out by Muhammad of Ghor, which eventually led to the formation of the Delhi Sultanate. (see: Islam in India)


We see a profound structural unity of four female symbols standing in complete balance with four male symbols incorporated into the design of the great temple, with the Mother symbol of  the breast with the areola on top standing in the center of it all, dominating the scene. It reflects an advanced development of the Hindu ideology of wholeness, rather than an Islamic structure that is imperial in nature. Nor is this the structure of a tomb for which it was later used by the Islamic Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. (Islam forbids conspicuous burial.) Scholars suggest that by its design (and confirmed by carbon dating of wood items) that the Taj Mahal was constructed almost half a millennium before time of Shaw Jehan who evidently merely conquered it, plundered it, and converted it to into Muslim burial shrine to serve certain political ends. Thus the temple becomes overshadowed with secrecies and political objectives. Supposedly it was built to serve as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtas, "the beloved of the palace" who however, strangely, is not prominently mentioned in palace records, if she is mentioned at all.

The great cultural, scientific, and technological achievements that speak to us from the early ages, when a high-level intimate culture ruled, which are reflected in the scale and intricacy of the temples of this age, ironically also explains why or current civilization, that is rushing in the opposite direction, being torn and divided by empire, is collapsing and coming apart at its seams, heading into a new dark age.

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