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Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, 10th-11th Centuries

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Title: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, 10th-11th Centuries
Author(s): Goetz, Hermann
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Central India & Western India-- Khajuraho;architecture;stone sculpture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Part of the shrine façade. Erected by King Ganda Chandella in 1002. The extraordinary erotic scenes are connected with the ritual of the Matta-Mayuras, a Kaula-Kapalika sect which, between c. 960 and 1002, were very influential at the Chandella court. According to their teachings the erotic relations between men and women mirrored those between Bahadeva and the Great Goddess and thus showed the way to salvation.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1213


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