Chausath Yogini Temple in Khajuraho

This temple is dedicated to Yoginis, who are considered incarnations of Shakti.

This temple is dedicated to Yoginis, who are considered incarnations of Shakti. | Photo credit: Arnold Betten/Wikimediacommons

Chausath Yogini Temple Overview

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Chausath Yogini Temple is part of the Western Group of Khajuraho Temples. It is also one of the oldest shrines in the erstwhile town of Chandelas, dating back to AD 900. This temple is dedicated to 64 Yoginis, who are considered as the incarnations of the Mother Goddess, Shakti.

The temple’s name is derived from the Hindi word 'Chausath', which means '64'. The shrine is constructed in an open patio on the banks of Shivsagar Lake with other small temples encircling it. Made using coarse granite, it boasts of an open-air quadrangular design that adds to its uniqueness. Here, each shrine is a tiny plain cell, with a small doorway and curvilinear sikhara or tower as the roof. Out of several images from the past, only three have survived, namely Brahmani, Hingalaja (Mahishamardini) and Mahesvari.

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Khajuraho, Chhatarpur, 471001Madhya Pradesh