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8.2 The Apadravya In The Kama Sutra

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This article is from the Piercing FAQ, by Anne Greenblatt with numerous contributions by others.

8.2 The Apadravya In The Kama Sutra

From the unexpurgated printing of the Kama Sutra printed in 1963 by
Castle Books, NY:

"Or he can make use of an apadravyas, which is a tubular object that
is tied around the lingam [penis] to enlarge and lengthen it so that
it can completely fill the yoni [vagina].

"Bhabravaya states that these apadravya should be fashioned out of
gold, silver, brass, iron, ivory, buffalo horn, tin, lead or different
kinds of wood. They should be soft, clean, capable of arounsing the
lingam to a greater effort and perfectly made so that they can fulfill
their purpose without difficulty or discomfort.

"But the author of this work is inclined to believe that each one
should fashion the apadravyas to his own taste.

"There are many different sorts of apadravyas:
1) The Brace (Valaya): this apadravya should be the same size as the
lingam itself and the exterior surface should be rough.
2) The Pair (Sanghati): this is formed with two braces.
3) The Bracelet (Chudaka): this is composed of three or more braces
joined together until they achieve the necessary length. There
exists also a simpler form of bracelet, which is composed of an iron
thread which is rolled around the lingam to support and
4) The Kantuka or Jalaka: this is a hollow tube, which has a rough
exterior carved with soft bumps whose size has been estimated in
relation to the dimensions of the yoni. The Kantuka is slipped
around the lingam and attached to a belt.

"If one is caught unprepared and does not have a Kantuka at hand, a
similar device can be made out of the branch of an apple tree or the
tubular stem of a gourd, or a reed softened with oils and extracts of
plants, or even with pieces of polished wood attached together. All
these devices should be attached to a belt like the orthodox Kantuka.

"These devices can be used to cover and help the lingam, or in some
cases as a substitute, as in the case of two women.

"Among the people of the south there is a belief that one cannot enjoy
truly intense sexual pleasure unless the lingam has been perforated.

"Now if a young man wishes to try this method, he should pierce the
lingam with a very sharp instrument and then sit in water until the
bleeding has stopped. The same evening he should indulge in a very
active form of sexual intercourse so that the hole can be
cleansed. After this, he should continue to wash the hole with various
liquids and if he wishes he can make the hole larger by inserting
reeds which will gradually enlarge the orifice. One can also wash the
wound with a mixture of honey mixed with liquorice, and anoint the
hole with a little oil.

"In this hole across the ligam one can insert any kinds of Apadravyas
such as: the Round (round on one side); -the wooden mortar; -the
flower; -the bracelet; -the heron's bone; -the elephant's goad; -the
eight balls; -the lock of hair; -and other such objects, which are
named after the shapes and purposes they serve. All these apadravya
should possess a rough exterior which adds to the efficacy of their


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