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Kamashastra

Kamashastra

Kama-Shastra (Love text), one of the upavedas, concerns the science, art and technique of kama. In the kamasutra kama is defined as the consciousness of enjoyment through the five sensory organs particularly the sense of touch.

Vatsayana was the greatest authority on erotics in India. His masterpiece, the kamasutra, an encyclopaedia of erotic education, is the best known of all the books on the subject. Its chapters covers most aspects and techniques of human courts hip and mating, and all subsequent hindu writers on the subject have borrowed from him. The chief commentary on the kamasutra is the Jaya-mangala by Yashodhara (thirteenth century).

Koko (p 1060-1215) also known as koka-pandita or Kukkola, unlike the celibate vatsayana, wrote from personal experience. Koka's work Rati-rahasya, Mysteries of passion, is a factual handbook on love making and so on.

Kavishekhara was the author of Panchasayaka, five arrows i.e. of the love god. Subsequent to these classics, hundreds of books on erotics, most of them crude beyond description, were produced in Sanskrit and vernaculars. The gods, especially Shiva and Krishna were made to enact the postures of love for the reader's benefit.

Kalyana malla (1460-1530) Hindu Courtier to a Muslim nobleman of the Lodi dynasty, whose volume entitled. Ananga-ranga, theatre of the Love-god, written for the benefit of his master, is as well known as the writings of vatsayana.