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Chausath Yogini Temple
Situated in Bhedaghat under the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh, this Chausath Yogini temple was constructed in the 10th century. According to the information received from history, the Kalchuri ruler of Tripuri, Yuvraj Dev I, had built it to take the blessings of the Yoginis for the expansion of his kingdom. Based on the triangular angle structure, this temple has fragmentary sculptures of Yoginis, which are the center of attraction not only for the domestic but also for foreign tourists.
Built on the Yogini worship tradition, there are not 64 but more statues of Yoginis in this temple. This temple is based on 81 triangular angles, at each angle of which Yogini was established. It was at this place that the Sapta or Ashta Matrika was established during the Gupta period. In the 12th century, Queen Gosaldevi of Gujarat, who was a Shaivite, built the Gaurishankar temple here. This temple is still situated in the center of the structure where the priests also worship.
It is known from the people around that even today Yoginis hold special importance in Tantra Sadhana. Yoginis are considered to be the hostesses of Shakti. Tantriks perfect these yoginis for their tantra practice and get them to do the desired work. The idols of these Yoginis look very impressive even today. It is said that during that time this tantra used to be a special center of meditation. Tantriks from far and wide used to come here to do spiritual practice and to perfect the Yoginis.
In the center of Chausath Yogini Temple, the marriage statue of Lord Shankar and Parvati is established. Which is the only one in the country, there is a circular hallway built on 84 pillars around the temple. Which has two entrances. This temple was built on a 50 feet high hill situated at the confluence of Narmada and Banganga. In the present form, fragmented statues of Yoginis are installed.
These idols were demolished by his army on the orders of Aurangzeb. These are the subject of special attraction and research for the tourists visiting Bhedaghat. This temple is really worth visiting during your visit to Madhya Pradesh where you will get a unique and beautiful glimpse of ancient sculpture.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 06, 2021:
I really enjoyed writing this article about the temple, Swati. It is very interesting. Thank you for sharing this information.
Swati Sharma (author) from India on September 06, 2021:
Thank you MG Singh for your appreciation, glad to know that you have been to Jabalpur, no problem that you missed visiting the temple but I hope you enjoyed your trip.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 06, 2021:
Very interesting information about this temple. I have been to Jubblepore, but did not see this temple. You have created a wonderful picture of it. Sad that Aurangzeb carried out some demolition there.