Monday, January 3, 2011

Chausath Yogini Temple, Jabalpur

This temple is located on a hill top in Bhedaghat is 21 kms from Jabalpur (State: Madhya Pradesh).

This temple is approached by a series of 150 plus steps. The temple
in the center dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati was built by the Kalchuri dynasty in the 10th century AD.

This temple complex has an open circular courtyard around the temple atop a hill. In circular fashion there is a row of 64 idols of attendants of Goddess Durga called Yoginis around the temple. These beautiful lawa stone idols were plundered and disfigured by Moghul invaders.

48 comments:

Team G Square said...

there are only four such temples in India , Two in MP and two in Orissa.

Kim, USA said...

A 150 steps wow!! Happy New Year!
RT-Cloche

Sylvia K said...

Terrific, interesting post as always, Rajesh! I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed learning more about the history of your country in the past year! And I do look forward to seeing and learning more in the year to come. May your year be filled with all the good things!

Sylvia

aka Penelope said...

How disheartening it is when invaders destroy art and artifacts. Even though our beliefs evolve, the artistic remnants of the past are a precious link to history that ought to be treasured.

Kay L. Davies said...

Lovely photos of another beautiful temple, Rajesh. Thank you.
-- K

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Carver said...

This is another exquisitely beautiful temple. I enjoy the sites you show us very much.

George said...

This is a very unique temple, but very beautiful. It's a shame that some of the idols were disfigured.

Photo Cache said...

Climbing 150 steps to see and photograph this beautiful temple? I think that's doable, a sacrifice :)

Happier New Year.

Indrani said...

Great shots of the temple complex.
A Very Happy New Year to you Rajesh. :)

Life Ramblings said...

such a beautiful temple. love the exquisite details.

Regina said...

Great architectures and shots.
Happy New Year!

magiceye said...

exquisite work!!

Sumandebray said...

Very nice indeed!
Very well maintained too. Thanks for sharing.
Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous 2011

Liz said...

Beautiful shots.

Happy RT!

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BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

Happy New Year and have a nice week,
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Beyond Horizon said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Baron's Life said...

Wonderful, wonderful, sublime
Wishing you a very Happy New Year
All the best for 2011

ladyfi said...

Yet another lovely temple.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful temple - 150 steps, wow that is a great exercise.;))
xoxo

YOSEE said...

Looks beautiful.
(There's a chausath yogini temple in Orissa too. But that is just one very simple circular compound with the figures set in crumbling niches.)

Sciarada said...

Ciao Rajesh, I wish you had started well in 2011 and to continue making your dreams!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sad when treasures are destroyed or damaged; it happens everywhere I guess. The temples are beautiful.

EG Wow said...

How sad that invading cultures do not respect the heritage of those they are plundering.

Leovi said...

A marvel of this temple Yogini

Cezar and Léia said...

Magnificent place, I would love to visit there and take lots of pictures.Amazing post!
Léia

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Unusual and interesting looking building

Jingle said...

lovely shot.

Francisca said...

Another gorgeous temple in India. I agree with EG, it's hard to understand wanton destruction of art.

Pietro said...

Magnificent temple, nice pictures!
Have a very Happy 2011!

Roger Owen Green said...

Definitely interesting background.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tumblewords: said...

Again, an exquisite and informative post! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos and the history.

photowannabe said...

A lot of steps to an amazing temple. Thanks for sharing.

ruma said...

A very happy new year.

It is lovely smiles.
It be satisfied happily. . .

I hope you have a new year filled with good health and prosperity and joy.

Thank you.
ruma

Jacob said...

Another ornate and very gorgeous temple...and very old!

Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

V Rakesh said...

Each of your posts is iconic in itself! They showcase the many marvels of an even wonderful land!

Thank you!

Ann said...

so much culture and architecture.

Thanks

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Circular courtyard of 64 idols!!! Wow!!! That's an unusual concept!!! Love the intricacies!!!
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Nanka said...

Interesting and looks like there is some activity happening there even now.

JM said...

Another fantastic piece of architecture! Happy 2011.

Jeevan said...

Interesting place and u well brought up rajesh!

Eden said...

What a beautiful temple! Great shots.

Sorry for the late visit.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful details.

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Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Another one of India's treasures. Nice pics.

RNSANE said...

Another wonderful visit to India, Rajesh. It always saddens me that invaders feel they must desecrate temples and treasures of the countries they conquer.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this temple. It would have been a glorious site if all the 64 idols were intact.

Arti said...

Brilliant craftsmanship, this is beautiful!

Nethra said...

Old Indian temples are so good. This one is good too; the architecture and the cravings.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this temple.