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“Four Bhairavs and their 64 Yoginis !!”

Chaunsath-Yogini Temple, Hirapur
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Four Bhairavs and their 64 Yoginis !!”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

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.

Visited February 2012
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“Amazing place”
Reviewed 26 December 2011

Such a Rare place to visit. All the statues with different hair design says the imaginative power of the Artists living in 8th-9th century AD. Thanks for the special trip of this Temple. Yes I would come back to Odisha travelling thru Eastern Treasure India Tours www.treasureindiatours.com again who made my trip to Odisha

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“Worth visiting if you want to see nice sculptures”
Reviewed 19 November 2011

The temple is situate in nice surroundings with water and trees. To reach the temple one has to go through the narrow road from Bubaneshwar. Better to go during the day as it is a very narrow road along the river. Once you reach the temple you will just enjoy the temple forgetting the hard drive.
The templehas circular wall, around 2 meters high, contains 64 niches within its inner circumference. All this contain an image of a Yogini Goddess. Some of the Goddesses are portrayed with sensual bodies and jewelled bodies, some with shrunken features, some more with animal heads. The deserted temple has bright sunshine falling on it. Active between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, people worshipped Yogini Goddesses to acquire supernatural powers. The Yoginis were thought to be able to confer on their devotees the power to become microscopic or gigantic in size, to control their body and mind.. Go round the whole temple enjoy each and every yogini, the jewels, hairdo, dresses and the pose. One will get a very nice picture of the carvings and orian temple architecture.
Don't miss this temple.

Visited October 2011
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