Konark Orissa Image Archives Kalpana Image Archives - India

These images of magnificent Sun Temple in Konark are from a visit in February 2008. Sun Temple has erotic sculptures and many of these images show them. Therefore, if you are offended by images that can be explicitly sexual, please close this page.

Compared to the west, where eroticism is found in adult only cinema halls and pornographic magazines, in ancient India, sexuality was part of mystery of the sacred. Thus, there was Kamasutra, a treatise on sex, considered as a part of the sacred literature and knowledge. I don't know if the erotic images in temples like Konark or Khujaraho, represent more open attitudes of the Indian society around thirteenth century CE or if it was part of special path to the God (Tantrism). However, as you can see from some of the pictures, the temple continues to be visited by pilgrims and school children.

All images on Kalpana are under Creative Commons licence. You are free to use them but remember to give credit to Kalpana and provide a link to the page from where you took that picture. All these images were taken by Sunil Deepak. You can check more images of India from the India Image archive page.

If you would like a picture in higher resolution, write to Sunil at sunil(at)kalpana.it

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India

Images from Orissa, India