Chausath yogini temple, Jabalpur
Madhya Pradesh , Jabalpur
Chausath Yogini Temple, situated on top of a hillock in Jabalpur, is an ancient heritage site in India. It was built in the 10th Century AD by the Kalachuri dynasty rulers. The temple enshrines Goddess Durga along with 64 yoginis. The Gauri-Shankar temple, inside the complex is believed to have been constructed about two centuries later. The temple and sculptures have been partially damaged due to foreign invasions.
There are four major shrines of the Sixty-four Yogini, two in Odisha and two in Madhya Pradesh including this shrine in Jabalpur. A Yogini, in early Hinduism refered to the sacred feminine force and an embodiment of the Goddess herself. Historical evidence suggests that yoginis were those who practiced yoga, philosophy and tantric rituals. The yogini cult, was a secretive practice confined to few groups and had specific rituals and practice...View more
The Chausat Yogini Temple is placed on a hill top and is built in North India temple architecture style. The complex of the temple consists of 64 shrines, one for each yogini. There is main shrine in the centre, where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are seen riding the Nandi bull. The idols of yoginis are exquisitely carved, with each one in a unique posture. Some of these idols have been unfortunately defaced by the ravages of time.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
Jabalpur is called the cultural capital of MP. The centre point of India lies in Jabalpur. Huge mountains of marble and a beautiful waterfall make Bhedaghat one of the most visited places in Jabalpur.
Bheda Ghat, Madhya Pradesh
By air - Jabalpur Airport, located around 35 kms from the temple, connects the city with rest of the country by air. Taxis are available from the airport to go to the shrine.
By Road - Jabalpur is connected to major Indian cities like Nagpur, Indore, Bhopal, Pune, Aurangabad, Kanha and Bandhavgarh by regular interstate bus service.
By rail - Jabalpur Railway Station, located around 20kms from the shrine lies on Mumbai-Howrah-via Allahabad main line. It is an important rail junction as it connects Jabalpur to major Indian cities.
There is a climb of 120-150 steps to reach the Chausath Yogini temple.
The priests perform puja and rituals to the deities
August - Janmashtami
November - Diwali