Chausath Yogini Temple at Hirapur

Chausath Yogini Temple, located in a suburb of Bhubaneswar called Hirapur, is one of the handful of temples dedicated to worshiping sixty four (chausath) forms of Devi/Shakti in India. The only other Chausath Yogini temple I’ve been to is at Mitaoli in Madhya Pradesh. The Mitaoli temple is much larger, but none of the idols of the yoginis remains there. The Hirapur temple is just a small shrine in comparison, but the inner walls of the circular temple are lined with images of the yoginis, albeit defaced in most instances. This temple is from the 11th c, so built before the 14th c Mitaoli temple. A newer structure has been erected at the center of the Hirapur temple.

 

Hirapur Chausath Yogini Temple

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Idols in the entrance passageway and on the outside of the temple

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Tank next to the temple

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Photos from a village near Hirapur

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This concrete railing design, based on the chariot wheels of Konark, are quite common in Odisha

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