Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chausathi Yogini Temple - 64 Jogini Temple - Chausath - Hirapur - Bhubaneswar - Khordha - Odisha

Chausathi (64) Yogini Temple:

Chausathi Yogini Temple (64 Jogini Temple) or Mahamaya Mandir is situated in a village called Hirapur, 15 kms from Bhubaneswar. 

The temple is believed to be built during 9th century. There are only 9 Chausath Yogini Temple in India, it is one of them.

It's built in a circular shrine, completely put together with blocks of sand stone. 

The inside of the circular wall has cavities, each housing the statue of a Goddess. 

There are around 63 such idols, made of black granite, inscribed within the wall cavities, centring on the main idol which is the Goddess Kali, who stands on a human head representing the triumph of the heart over the mind. 

The temple houses a central altar (Chandi Mandapa) which has the remaining 8 Goddess idols on all 4 sides. 

64 Joginis Temple is a tantric temple, with hypaethral architecture as tantric prayer rituals involve worshiping the bhumandala (environment consisting all the 5 elements of nature - fire, water, earth, sky and ether). 

The legend behind the temple according to local priests is of the Goddess Durga taking the form of 64 demi-goddesses in order to defeat a demon. After the fight the 64 goddesses (Joginis) asked Durga to commemorate them in the form of a temple structure. 

The Jogini idols are generally representing a female figurine standing on an animal, a demon or a human head depicting the victory of Shakti (Feminine power). 

The idols express everything from rage, sadness, pleasure, joy, desire and happiness. Such temples are also seen at Ranipur-Jharial site of the Balangir district in Odisha and seven other places in India.