The Karma Sutra Temple

The other day we took the motorbike and visited the Sun Temple in Konark, a very ancient temple dated 1255 which was rediscovered in 1924.

Daniel was really keen on seeing this temple and out of character he was actually willing to pay extra money for a guide and so we did. We hired an authorized guide and entered the beautiful temple which is a shrine for love and contains thousands of sculptures portraying men and women making love in every possible imaginary way.

Following our guide’s presentation we were left with no idea as to why the temple was built, who built it, who rediscovered it or what is the importance of the buildings. We have no idea why were pornographic sculptures used or how did the community relate to the temple. We were left with no historical, cultural or architectural information about the temple.

What the guide did reveal to us, very explicitly, is how to perform the already very straightforward kama sutra postures which are spread all over the place. He refused to answer any question we had which did not involve sexual positioning.


About advaharma

Been fascinated by the mystery of life ever since I can remember. Have been practicing meditation for more than 20 years. Dedicated two years to an ongoing silent meditation retreat whilst living in Buddhist monasteries in Nepal and Burma. A Yogi and a Front Line Humanitarian.
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