Never been to Ajanta or Ellora myself. But right from my Youth, We have heard of them, and I particularly remember what my Hindi Teacher said about them… [That was in my 8th Class!]
For All their seemingly Erotic content, he had said, they were put up f for 2 Reasons:
- The Country was occupied by the Moghuls. The people were feeling Oppressed. So these paintings are Sculptures were presented as an ESCAPISM for the Masses, to forget their problems and lighten themselves.
- The paintings and the Sculptures were also to Encourage Breeding, to Increase the Number of the populace, so that it would become easier to combat the occupants.
[ I am Not Ready to get into a discussion over the above points. I am Sharing what he had said, for what it is worth.
And do You know, they sound Right to me! I Firmly Believe there is Much in what he had said. ]