Chausathi Jogini Temple
|Chausathi Jogini Temple|
Chausathi Jogini Temple, Hirapur
|Other names||Yogini Mandir|
|Oriya||୬୪ ଯୋଗିନୀ ମନ୍ଦିର୍|
|Elevation||17 m (56 ft)|
|Important festivals||Kali Puja|
|Number of temples||2|
|Number of monuments||3|
The temple is believed to be built by the Queen Hiradevi of Bramha dynasty during 9th century.
It's built in a circular fashion, 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 56 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. Some historians believe that an idol of Maha Bhairava was worshiped in the Chandi Mandapa.
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.
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