Though I hv visited Bhubaneswar nos. of times earlier - several times as a tourist - I never went to Hirapur. Only 15 km from Bhubaneswar.
With my growing interest in Iconography, I realised that a trip Hirapur' '64 Yoginir Mandir' is a must. A very interesting temple, located far from civilisation - on the bank of a large water-body.
A very interestingly shaped temple - looks like a Yonipatta. On the circle, one finds 60 Yoginis. 3 are on a raised platform, along with 4 Bhairavs. The dome of this platform rises like the 'Linga' in this Yonipatta-like structure.One among the 64 Yoginis is amiss.
The Vairavs are - as expected - ithyphallic. All the Bhairavas are damaged , reportedly by KalaPahar. The caretaker knows the names of all the Yoginis by heart & shall furnish the photographer with a typed list
There is a beautiful black stone - hands damaged- of Krsna near the gate.
A must-visit for those who look for out-of-the-way tourist attractions.
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