Burt found an inscription that allowed the historians to attribute the Chandellam complex, as well as deal with their genealogy, but several years passed before Major-General Sir Alexander Cunningham drafted detailed plans for Khajuraho by drawing a distinction Between the "Western" and "Eastern" groups, which is applied to the present. For Cunningham, "all (sculptural images) are extremely indecent, and most of them are disgustingly indecent."
Erotic images and still remain the subject of a huge number of controversial disputes and debates between academics, and equally curious tourists. The task of finding the right explanation is even more complicated by the fact that even the Chandelles themselves hardly mentioned these temples in their literature, and even the name "Khajuraho" may be wrong and confuse the matter, as it could simply be borrowed from the name of the neighboring village.
Among the attempts to explain the sexual content of bas-reliefs were the assumptions that they are associated with tantric cults in which sex is used as the main core of worship. Some claim that they were inspired by the Kama Sutra, and also had to serve as a textbook of love, others - that this sculpture was created in order to entertain the gods, ward off their anger and thus protect the temples from natural disasters. In addition, the geometric nature of some images was advanced as evidence that each of them is a yantra, a pictorial form of the mantra that was to be used in meditation.
Sixteen large panels depicting sexual intimacy, located on the north and south sides of the three main temples - Kandaria Mahadeva, Lakshmana and Visvananth - mostly seek to show the fusion of the male and female elements of the temple, mandapa and garbha-grha, "house-lona." Therefore, it is possible that they were conceived as a visual symbol, developed by artistic exaggeration.