One of the oldest heritage sites in India, Chausath Yogini Temple is situated on a hilltop in Jabalpur. The temple was constructed during the reign of Kalchuri Dynasty at 10th century and was mainly made with local granite. Mughal invaders, later on, destroyed and defaced this beautiful statues. The temple is the abode of Goddess Durga along with 64 yoginis or shaktis considered to be the different forms of the Goddess. Though the temple has been partially damaged, it speaks greatly of the ancient dynasties that ruled in Jabalpur. A story about this temple was prevailing in fact I am not sure about it truthiness but it is depend upon hearing. When Mohammed Gauri was destroying the temples of Indian Continent, he reached Jabalpur too in approximately 11th . He was destroying this temple to due to his religious faith and money. He destroyed all the Yogini's Statues but when he went to the central temple of Shankar and Parvati sitting on Nandi Bull was unable to destroy due to honey bees attack as a miracle. Then he realize the power of God and he went away from here. There are about 150 stairs leading to the temple. The temple consists of a circular structure with an inner diameter of 116 feet and an outer diameter of 131 feet having a commanding view of the neighbouring river Narmada. The temple cloister consists of 84 square pillars and has an arrangement of 81 cells and 3 entrances, two on the west and one on the south-east. It is said that this temple has 81 and not 64 yogini statues. The statues of the Yoginis stood in the cells around the periphery of the temple. The statues have all borne the ravages of time with some of the statues completely defaced and in some others, a large part of the statues were missing. The Temple had the Gauri Shankar temple at the center. The Gauri-Shankar temple was constructed about two centuries later; probably by queen Alhanadevi in 1155 (an inscription is found on a slab). The temple contains the stone idol of Shiva and Parvati riding a bull. Such image can rarely be seen in rest of the India. At most of the Lord Shiva temple, we can find Lord Shiva alone.
A visit at the Chausath Yogini temple remunerate for the boat ride at the Marble rocks. The view from the temple was quite serene and the greenery around is soothing to the eyes. Most of the idols of the Yoginis are in various stages of bulldozing, but whatever remains shows the art and sculpture of Kalchuri period. It is indeed so remarkable that these mud and stones speak volumes of the era that has gone!
By Flight Its nearest airport is Jabalpur Dumna Airport which is approx. 40kms from Chousat Yogini temple. Jabalpur airport has direct flight connectivity from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad. After reaching Jabalpur airport, tourists will travel by taxi from Jabalpur airport to Chousat Yogini temple. We provide taxi service from Jabalpur airport to Bhedaghat.
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By Train Chousat Yogini temple lies in Bhedaghat nagar panchayat. This village is small by have their own railway station in name of "Bhedaghat". As it is a small station so most of the trains do not stop here thus Jabalpur is the nearest popular railway station, used for reaching Bhedaghat. It is very well connected from all major cities and tourist destinations like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bhopal, Sawai Madhopur, Varanasi, Gaya, Howrah, Pune, Hyderabad etc.
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