Chaunsat YoginiCurrently Open
- Address: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
Yogini is the term given to a female who practices yoga or a spiritual teacher of the Hindus or Buddhists as referred to by the people of the eastern countries like India, Nepal and Tibet.
For the Hindus, the mother is the first guru and in yoga studies as well the yogini is to be given the highest respect. Apart from this, any incarnation such as Goddess Saraswat, Lakshmi, etc. are all yoginis and generally any woman to have attained enlightenment is called a yogini.
There are four major yogini temples in India, two in Orissa and the other two in Madhya Pradesh. The two notable temples in Madhya Pradesh are at the North Western part of the Khajuraho Temple complex in Chattarpur District and the other at Jabalpur District. In these temples are yoginis are shown in lalitasana or erotic postures.
The chaunsat or 64 yoginis are- Bahurupa, Tara, Narmada, Yamuna, Shanti, Varuni, Kshemankari, Aindri, Varahi, Ranveera, Vanar-Mukhi, Vaishnavi, Kalratri, Vaidyaroopa, Charchika, Betali, Chhinnamastika, Vrishabahana, Jwala Kamini, Ghatavara, Karakali, Saraswati, Birupa, Cauvery, Bhaluka, Narasimhi, Vikatanna, Biraja, Mahakshmi, Kaumari, Mahamaya, Rati, Karkari, Sarpashya, Yakshini, Vinayaki, Vindya Balini, Veera Kumari, Maheshwari, Ambika, Kamiyani, Ghatabari, Stutee, Kali, Uma, Narayani, Samudra, Brahmani, Jwala Mukhi, Agnayeyi, Aditi, Chndrakanti, Vayubega, Chamunda, Murati, Ganga, dhumavati, Gandhari, Sarva Mangala, Ajita, Suryaputri, Vayu Veena, Aghora and Bhadrakali.
It is one of the oldest heritage sites that are situated on a hill top of Jabalpur during the 11th century. Though, most of it is in ruins but still it speaks a ton about the ancient culture and people of that era. This temple was built during the rule of Kalchuri Dynasty.
The temple is at a good height and has 64 different shrines for one yogini each. The central shrine is the largest and has a huge idol of Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Parvati on Nandi the bull. The temple was made mostly of granite. Later this was destroyed by the Mughal invaders.
The design of the temple is simple but each yogini statue has a different posture from the other and is all exquisitely carved. The ambience is perfect with the open area and gives an all round view of the Narmada River. All in all, this place is a must visit for everyone.
- Footwear is allowed inside.
- It is an ideal place for photography.
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95% of people who visit Khajuraho include Chaunsat Yogini in their plan
66.67% of people start their Chaunsat Yogini visit around 08 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Chaunsat Yogini
52.38% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Chaunsat Yogini
Only ruins of the small temples are there. No maintenance though there is a entrance gate and a person on duty is available there. Better to avoid the place if you are in doubt whether to visit or not.
"Probably the oldest Yogini temple of India and the oldest temple in Khajuraho, this temple was built in the 9th century. The name means 64, as it once had 64 cells for the Yoginis (female attendants)."
Too good to be missed...
One of the best silent place in khajuraho really quite
It is one of tha best place for hindu community