Temples in Morena District, near Gwalior, Part 3: Mitaoli

The unusual 14th c Chausath Yogini temple in Mitaoli (or Mitavali) is among only a handful of such circular temples in India dedicated (originally, in this case) to a cult goddess. The structure has been heavily restored, the original sculptures are all gone, the temple is now dedicated to Shiv and is called the Ekateshwar Mahadev temple. However the circular nature of the structure and its location on a hill are beautiful, and many believe that its concentric layout with one circular building nestled inside another was the inspiration for India’s present parliament building.

For an introduction to this series of posts on temples in Morena district, see here.

The Chausath Yogini temple on the Mitaoli hill:

01 01 mitaoli

Another temple on the way (the brick spire in the middle-ground belongs to a modern temple/ashram):01 02 mitaoli

Steps leading up the hill:01 03 mitaoli

Chausath Yogini temple:02 01 mitaoli 02 02 mitaoli 02 03 mitaoli 02 04 mitaoli 02 05 mitaoli

Looking down across the surrounding plains:02 06 mitaoli

Entrance:03 01 mitaoli 03 02 mitaoli

Inside the outer enclosure:03 03 mitaoli 03 04 mitaoli 04 01 mitaoli 04 02 mitaoli 04 03 mitaoli 04 04 mitaoli

Circular arcade on the inside of the outer enclosure:04 05 mitaoli 04 06 mitaoli

Central shrine:05 01 mitaoli 05 02 mitaoli

Looking out to the entrance:05 03 mitaoli

A shrine outside the main temple:06 01 mitaoli

Looking down at Mitaoli village:06 02 mitaoli

The other temple outside Mitaoli village seems to share many similar elements with the village temple at Aiti:07 01 mitaoli 07 02 mitaoli 07 03 mitaoli 07 04 mitaoli

5 thoughts on “Temples in Morena District, near Gwalior, Part 3: Mitaoli

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  3. Indeed, Mitaoli is a lovely and calm place. I didn’t realize that the structure at the base of the hill was a temple; it was whitewashed and looked to me like a brick kiln. So there’s something to look forward to if I visit Mitaoli again.

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