Monday, 26 August 2019

Chausath Yogini Temple, Jabalpur, an old heritage site dedicated to Goddess Durga

Chausath Yogini Temple, Jabalpur, MP empleadvisor.com

Chausath Yogini Temple, Jabalpur, MP. mapsofindia.com
 There are hundreds of Hindu temples  across north India that are  either damaged or in ruins due to invasion by the Muslim rulers of Delhi after 12th century. They not only plundered the temples but also damaged them as they were against idolatry. The purpose of plundering was to lay their hands on the treasures in most of the Hindu temples.  The invasions were more of a political nature than that of religion. Destruction of Hindu temples, etc declined  considerably during the Mogul period. Chausath Yogini temple in Jabalpur is one of the oldest temples in this region, but it is a damaged one for political reason. 
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Chausath Yogini Temple located atop the hill in a lush green serene environment in Jabalpur, MP, is one of the oldest heritage sites in India. From the top of the hill, you can have a fine view of the surroundings and the Narmada river.  It is dedicated to Goddess Durga and there are  64 yoginis or shaktis - different forms of the Goddess.  A Yogini is a female attendant of the mother goddess who is kind to her devotees, but destroyer of people with evil mind.  Built of granite rock in the 10th century A.D, the temple  can be accessed  through  150  steep stone  steps leading  to the shrine.  This partially damaged temple is the legacy of the the ancient rulers of this region. The complex has  95 shrines that include 64 shrines in circular form  and for each yogini there is a main shrine where Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati are seen riding  the sacred bull - Nandi. The temple came up during the reign of Kalchuri Dynasty and the partial damage to the temple complex was due to the raid by Mogul rulers  who damaged the temple for the simple reason that they hated idolatry. 

Chausath Yogini Temple. Jabalpur. esamskriti.com
Chausath Yogini Temple. Jabalpur. .holidayiq.com

Chausath Yogini Temple, Jabalpur, MP ravel.vibrant4.com
One of the oldest heritage sites in India, the structure of Chausath Yogini temple  has close similarity  with those of Khajuraho, a world famous heritage site. Yet another tourist destination is The Marble Rocks in Bhedaghat which is close-by.
 https://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/travel/chausath-yogini-temple-jabalpur-a-must-visit-heritage-site
 https://www.holidayiq.com/Chausat-Yogini-Temple-Jabalpur-Sightseeing-776-18555.html
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chausath_Yogini_Temple,_Jabalpur