Khajuraho couple Photo Mike Magee
[Transcribed 1997 by Mike Magee. See also this PDF for an attempted translation.]
शन्नः कौलिकः शन्नो वारुणी शन्नः शुद्धिः शन्नोऽग्निश्शन्नः
नमो ब्रह्मणे नमः पृथिव्यै नमोऽद्भ्यो नमोऽग्नये नमो वायवे नमो गुरुभ्यः। Continue reading
…Khajuraho is a world heritage UNESCO site ♦
THE CURRENT image on the header is of Khajuraho. For some reason this ancient complex fell apart quite a while back. Such are the vagaries of change. ♦
When the header changes again, this image will go with this bog post.
THE TEMPLE OF the 64 Yoginis at Khajuraho (below) is truly in a parlous state indeed. ♥
This one is doing better. And this one looks beautiful. According to Matsyendranath…
I’M REALLY enjoying reading Monty’s (Paul Munford) Indian Outlook.
I worked with Monty years back at Castle Despair, or VNU UK as it then described herself. Monty is on a sabbatical in India for a year, and he’s up to issue number 34 right now.
The latest newsletter says that the Indian government has asked ISPs to ban a web site called www.Savitabhabi.com. This is an adult cartoon site, but it’s very mild by our standards, says Monty.
People who want to defend web content have set up a site called www.savesavita.com. The paradox is that India in the 21st century has rather a puritanical streak. This is despite the fact that India is the land of tantra and the Kama Sutra, and the Sanskrit language and a great deal of its literature is sensuous and even erotic.
Places like Khajuraho and Hampi (Vijayanagar) are full of carvings and statues that express the joy of sexuality and love. But now, the ra-ra girls in 20/20 cricket matches are shown only for seconds, in case they excite viewers too much.
This picture is from Khajuraho. Some of the carvings have been defaced.
You can subscribe to Monty’s Indian Outlook by sending an email here. I’ve tried to contribute to understanding Indian culture on this web site.
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