Dedicated to Goddess Durga and the 64 Yoginis who are considered to be her different forms, the Chausath Yogini Temple is built with local granite. The idols of the Yoginis have been arranged in a circular fashion and have been carved intricately. The images in the temple belong to three different historical periods. Some belong to the Kushana period, some to the post-Gupta period and others to the Kalachuri time (10th-13th century). The temple, with its 108 steps, attracts travellers from far and wide. It is designed in a circular shape with a diameter of 125 ft. Another spectacle that should not be missed is the panoramic view of the Narmada river that can be seen from the courtyard of the temple. All in all, a visit to the temple offers a range of unforgettable experiences.


'Yogini' is a term that is used in Buddhism as well as in Hinduism and refers to a female practitioner of Yoga who is also an enlightened guide or guru. The term is also associated with the sacred feminine force, who is considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. These incarnations are believed to have taken the form of eight matrikas or of 64 Yoginis. There are a number of temples across the country, which are dedicated to this feminine principle, Chausath Yogini being one of them.


Yoginis are considered to be a part of a secret cult. They are thought to be so powerful that they can cause acute destruction through their powers if offended. This Yogini temple is believed to have been built during the 10th century during the Kalachuri reign.

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