Hirapur’s Chausathi Yogini Temple (64-Yogini Temple) also known as Mahamaya Temple. It is 20 kilometres from Bhubaneswar, the state capital of Odisha in Eastern India. The Temple dedicates to the worship of yoginis, goddess-like beings who bring good fortune.
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History of the Chausathi Yogini Mandir
The temple is thought to have been built by Queen Hiradevi of the Bramha dynasty in the 9th century, and the settlement was named after her.
Details of Chausathi Yogini Temple
There are approximately 56 black granite goddess idols etched within the wall cavities, with the primary idol, Goddess Kali, standing on a human head, symbolising the triumph of the heart over the mind. On all four corners of the temple’s central altar (Chandi Mandapa) are the remaining eight Goddess idols.
The Jogini idols usually portray a female figurine standing on an animal, a demon, or a human head, symbolising Shakti’s victory (Feminine power). Rage, sadness, pleasure, joy, desire, and happiness are all expressed by the idols. Goddesses were said to have used a pond near the temple, according to local priests.
How 64 yoginis are formed
According to local priests, the temple’s tradition says that Goddess Durga took the shape of 64 demi-goddesses to slay a monster. After the battle, the 64 goddesses (Joginis) requested that Durga build a shrine to honour them.
Other 64-Yogini Temples in India
Even though there are 64 yoginis, each one is unique. The existing temples are circular or rectangular in plan and are found in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha in central and northern India. But there are other seven similar temples in India.
- Hirapur, Bhubaneswar, Khordha, Odisha
- Ranipur-Jharial site in the Balangir district of Odisha.
- Khajuraho, Madhyapradesh.
- Mitaoli, Morena, Madhyapradesh.
- Bhedaghat, Jabalpur, Madhyapradesh.
- Dudahi, Uttarpradesh.
- Badoh, Madhyapradesh.
Who destroyed 64 yogini Temples
Mughal invaders-The temple demolished partly and fully and distorted by Mughal conquerors.
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